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The programme aims to provide an educational resource on antimicrobial stewardship and to equip pharmacists with knowledge and tools to optimise antibiotic use for the general public and their patients. 

As 90% of antimicrobial use in Ireland is in the community the objective is to inform the community pharmacist workforce on antimicrobial stewardship principles and prepare them to implement these as part of their day-to-day practice.

This will be done in this interactive eLearning resource by introducing learner

The focus of this IIOP online training programme is to raise awareness amongst pharmacists of antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship principles, and to highlight the important role of the pharmacist in optimising antibiotic use and reducing antimicrobial-related harm in a person-centred way.

At the end of this programme learners will:

  • Be able to articulate the basic principles of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) & antimicrobial resistance,

  • Have an awareness of the role of AMRIC, the national clinical programme for antimicrobial resistance and infection control,

  • Appreciate the national AMS initiatives and their rationale, including the red/green antibiotic list,

  • Be familiar with how to access the relevant supports & clinical resources,

  • Be able to articulate issues to ensure maximum benefit and minimum harm for the people who take antimicrobials,

  • Have increased confidence to implement AMS in their work practices.