APUA United Kingdom
APUA United Kingdom was founded in May 2003 in affiliation with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Members were drawn from the Society and the two organizations support each other and collaborate.
Bugs & Drugs on the Web: NeLI Antimicrobial Resistance Website
In February 2008 the Department of Health released a new Public Education Campaign, with the main messages on posters and leaflets to be displayed in general practice surgeries and in newspapers and magazines to be read, particularly, by young adults with children.
The Department of Health and British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) are producing guidelines on the control and management of MRSA and Clostridium difficile; both of these contain patient information leaflets.
England is leading the ‘e-Bug’ Project, a European wide antibiotic and hygiene teaching resource for junior and senior school children. The project not only reinforces an awareness of the benefits of antibiotics, but also teaches prudent antibiotic use, and how inappropriate use can have an adverse effect on an individual's good microbes and antibiotic resistance in the community.
The BSAC, Health Protection Agency (HPA) and DH have sponsored a microbe and antibiotic science road-show. The aim of the road-show is to teach the general public about microbes and prudent antibiotic use and how to reduce the spread of infection and antibiotic resistance through improving hand and respiratory hygiene road-show was attended by over 10,000 people over 5 days in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Dr. Cliodna McNulty
Updated April 2011