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New antimicrobial stewardship out of hours e-learning programme

29 March 2021

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in partnership with the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol, University of Southampton, University of Oxford, and University College London are delighted to launch a new antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) out of hours e-learning programme.

The AMS Out of Hours programme resulted from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research Out of Hours Prescribing: Enhancing Communication Project (OPEN), a study about the management of common infections out of hours, on the telephone, in primary care treatment centres and in patients’ homes.

About the e-learning

Developed with the inclusion of real consultations, the e-learning includes resources designed for, but not limited to, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and GPs, prescribing antibiotics in community settings, out of hours, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

The e-learning sessions focus on out of hours primary care and cover the following topics:

  • session 1: managing patient expectations
  • session 2: providing self-care advice
  • session 3: delayed antibiotic prescribing
  • session 4: giving safety netting advice

 Each session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Key learning points and self-assessments are included in each session to help learners reflect on their knowledge, and a certificate is available to download on completion of each session.


After completing the e-learning sessions, we would appreciate your feedback. Each session has a dedicated survey:

Accessing the e-learning

You can visit the (AMS) antimicrobial stewardship out of hours programme page to learn more about the e-learning.

The e-learning programme is also available to the NHS health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

Further information

About the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol
The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) at the University of Bristol is a leading centre for primary care research in the UK, one of nine forming the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. It sits within Bristol Medical School, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for population health research and teaching. Follow us on Twitter: @capcbristol.

About the National Institute for Health Research
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research. The NIHR:

  • funds, supports and delivers high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care
  • engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach, quality and impact of research
  • attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future
  • invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services
  • partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of research to patients and the economy

The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research, and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR commissions applied health research for the direct and primary benefit of people in low- and middle-income countries, using UK aid from the UK government.

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