CwPAMS 1.5 UCLH/UHAS/HTH Partnership
The partnership focused on Enhancing the Capacities of Healthcare Providers in the Practice of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Programmes: The role of local data and safe medicine practices.
Lead partners of the CwPAMS 1.5 UCLH/UHAS/HTH Partnership consisted of:
University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust; and
The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS); and
Ho Teaching Hospital (HTH)
The partnership focused on enhancing the capacities of healthcare providers in the practice of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) programmes: The role of local data and safe medicine practices.
Key achievements included:
2 members from Ghana visited University College London Hospitals in the UK between the 12th to 20th of March with the main objective being to share and learn best practices with regard to AMS.
Developing an antibiogram for the Ho Teaching Hospital to guide empirical antibiotic treatment.
Partnering with the Pharmacy Student’s Association of the University of Health and Allied Sciences to continuously embark on awareness campaigns during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.
Obtaining baseline information on the practices around the disposal of unused/ unwanted antimicrobials in Ho Teaching Hospital with plans to include findings in a manuscript.
Successful training on medicine handling was organised for members of the AMS committee.
Members contributing to a webinar organised by the Centre for Medicines Optimisation, Research, and Evaluation, UCLH on health partnerships and antimicrobial stewardship.
Areas covered during the UK visit included:
- AMS and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in UCLH
- Education and AMS
- Medicines management and procedures to reduce wastage of unused antimicrobials
- Overview of Laboratory systems
- Role of the UK Health Security Agency
Members also interacted with the Faculty of University College London and observed a Dragon’s Den session whereby students had short films about ways that pharmacists can use technology to address some key public health challenges.
Future plans include:
- The partnership is currently implementing some of the actions in their developed AMS They hope to fully implement all directives over a 3-year period.
- To further decentralise the stewardship activities started in our tertiary healthcare facility to secondary healthcare facilities within the region.