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Healthcare Associated Infections

Antibiotic Prescribing

This e-learning resource aims to heighten awareness of contemporary approaches to antimicrobial management and issues relating to clinical effectiveness, patient safety and the reduction of bacterial resistance.

Registration and Access

This course is provided by learnPro.  Further information about registration and access can be found at our learnPro information page.

Target Audience

The target group includes all practitioners involved in the clinical managment of patients with infection and in clinical decision making in relation to antibiotic prescribing specifically:

  • medical prescribers in hospital and community settings
  • non medical prescribers including nurse practitioners, specialist nurses, community pharmacists
  • clinical practitioners involved in administering and monitoring of antibiotic treatment or management of infection
  • members of Antimircrobial Management Teams (AMTs) and Infection Control practitioners

Course Guidance Information

All learners should complete the introductory unit called "Antibiotic Prescribing for Today's Practitioners" first and then select any of the following seven vignettes.

  1. Sore throat in a 15 year old in a community setting (20 mins)
  2. Surgical site infection in a 57 year old man, following coronary artery bypass surgery, post discharge (30 mins)
  3. Suspected UTI in a 75 year old lady who is a patient in a care of the elderly ward.  This vignette also covers management of GI symptoms post discharge. (40 mins)
  4. Suspected community acquired phumonia in a 65 year old man recently returned from holiday. (40 mins)
  5. Earache in a young child in a community setting. (20 mins)
  6. Sticky eyes in a a young child in a community setting. (20 mins)
  7. Suspected UTI in a 46 year old woman in a community setting. (30 mins)

Further Information

A report Developing Antibiotic Prescribing online training resource for Foundation Year Doctors describes the development of the first phase of this project and the potential application to other healthcare professionals.

Resource launched 2010 and last reviewed/updated December 2013

Other resources of interest


Launched 2010, last reviewed 2013. Due for review late 2016.