Antimicrobial Resistance: resource handbook

This handbook collates national resources on antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control.


Antimicrobial Resistance: resource handbook

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This handbook identifies current national policy, guidance and supporting materials in relation to the infection prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) and antimicrobial stewardship in order to aid in the reduction of antimicrobial resistance. It is designed to assist local health and social care professionals in quickly retrieving relevant information provided by Public Health England, the Department of Health and a wide variety of key stakeholders.

The handbook includes supporting materials relating to:

  • strategy and national guidance
  • policy and recommendations
  • education and training
  • guidance and tools
  • surveillance
  • international resources

This document forms part of the work outlined in UK 5 year antimicrobial resistance (AMR) strategy 2013-2018, annual progress report and implementation plan (2014). It was developed in order to address, in part, the need to streamline, standardise and simplify approaches as requested by the national IPC steering group.

Published 11 April 2016
Last updated 3 April 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated with new version of handbook.

  2. First published.