Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) criterion

The aim of this criterion is to reduce the potential harm caused by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the promotion of antimicrobial stewardship activity in community pharmacy.

The requirements of this criterion are, on the day of the declaration:

  1. All patient-facing pharmacy staff that provide advice on medicines or healthcare must have satisfactorily completed the PHE Antimicrobial Stewardship for Community Pharmacy e-learning and e-assessment; AND
  2. Contractors must have available, at premises level, an antimicrobial stewardship action plan for the pharmacy, which details how they will promote AMS. The action plan must include details of how all pharmacy staff involved in the provision of self-care advice will incorporate the principles of AMS into self-care advice, including reinforcing the messages around appropriate use of antibiotics, and the uptake of vaccinations, including the flu vaccine. There must be documented evidence, at the pharmacy, that the actions within the plan have been implemented by the day of the declaration; AND
  3. All patient facing staff that provide health advice, should have become Antibiotic Guardians, if they have not already done so, and have an awareness of the local antibiotic formulary.

When making the declaration on the MYS portal, contractors will be required to submit:

  • the total number of staff who have satisfactorily completed the training and assessment;
  • a declaration they have completed an antimicrobial stewardship action plan for the pharmacy; and
  • a declaration that all patient facing staff that provide health advice, have become antibiotic guardians and have an awareness of the local antibiotic formulary.

Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) criterion