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

Courtenay, Molly ORCID:, Lim, R., Castro-Sanchez, E., Deslandes, Rhian ORCID:, Hodson, Karen ORCID:, Morris, Gary, Reeves, S., Weiss, Marjorie ORCID:, Ashiru-Oredope, D., Bain, H., Black, A., Bosanquet, J., Cockburn, A., Duggan, C., Fitzpatrick, M., Gallagher, R., Grant, D., McEwen, J., Reid, Nicholas, Sneddon, J., Stewart, D., Tonna, A. and White, P. 2018. Development of consensus-based national antimicrobial stewardship competencies for UK undergraduate healthcare professional education. Journal of Hospital Infection 100 (3) , pp. 245-256. 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.06.022

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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 UK national consensus on a common set of antimicrobial stewardship competencies appropriate for undergraduate healthcare professional education. Methods A modified Delphi approach comprising two online surveys delivered to a UK national panel of 21 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 consistently high levels of agreement reached, on six overarching competency statements (subdivided into six domains), and 55 individual descriptors essential for antimicrobial stewardship by healthcare professionals. Conclusion Due to 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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0195-6701
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 25 June 2018
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2023 18:15

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