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Development of consensus based national antimicrobial stewardship competencies for UK undergraduate healthcare professional education

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Molly Courtenay, Rosemary Lim, Enrique Castro-Sanchez, Rhian Deslandes, Karen Hodson, Gary Morris, Scott Reeves, Marjorie Weiss, Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Heather Bain, Adam Black, Joanne Bosanquet, Alison Cockburn, Catherine Duggan, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Rose Gallagher, Daniel Grant, Jo McEwen, Nicholas Reid, Jacqueline Sneddon & 3 more Derek Stewart, Antonella Tonna, Pip White

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Early online date30 Jun 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jun 2018

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Abstract

Background
Healthcare professionals are involved in an array of patient and medicine related stewardship activities, for which an understanding and engagement with antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is important. Undergraduate education provides an ideal opportunity to prepare healthcare professionals for these roles and activities.

Aim
To provide United Kingdom national consensus on a common set of antimicrobial stewardship competencies appropriate for undergraduate healthcare professional education.

Methods
A modified Delphi approach comprising two on-line surveys delivered to a United Kingdom national panel of twenty-one individuals reflecting expertise in prescribing and medicines management with regards to the education and practice of nurses and midwives, pharmacists, physiotherapists and podiatrists; and antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship. Data collection took place between October and December 2017.

Findings
A total of 21 participants agreed to become members of the expert panel, of whom 19 (90%) completed round 1 questionnaire, and 17 (89%) completed round 2. Panelists reached a consensus, with consistent high levels of agreement reached, on 6 overarching competency statements (sub divided into 6 domains), and 55 individual descriptors essential for antimicrobial stewardship by healthcare professionals.

Conclusion
Given the consistently high levels of agreement reached on competency statements and their associated descriptors, this competency framework should be used to direct education for undergraduate healthcare professionals, and those working in new clinical roles to support healthcare delivery where an understanding of, and engagement with, AMS is important. Although the competencies target basic education, they can also be used for continuing education.

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