The role of NICE guidance in fighting antibiotic resistance

Rosie explains how new NICE guidance will help us all in the fight against antibiotic resistance

Rosie Bennyworth, GP and Non-Executive Director at NICE

Everyone’s talking about antibiotics resistance. Public Health England (PHE) are proactively running campaigns, the media shock us with stories and healthcare professionals are working hard to advise us.

Despite increased awareness of antibiotic resistance, about 700,000 people are dying each year due to drug-resistant infections.

NICE is developing a number of new guidelines, giving advice about when and how to use antibiotics as treatment for common infections.

As a GP I have a huge responsibility to only prescribe antibiotics when they are needed. Lots of people come to see me, suffering from things like a sore throat or middle ear infection. When people are unwell they want to feel better quickly. Often they think taking antibiotics is the best way to do that. However, in most circumstances these infections usually get better on their own, with rest and over-the-counter medication.

When we’re examining patients we need to be confident with the advice we give. We also need to make sure people are involved in discussions about their own care. NICE is publishing infographics with their new infection guidance. These are really helpful for us to use during conversations with our patients.

By educating people and by carefully looking at NICE guidance we are making sure we give people the best treatment for their condition.

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Blog comments

  • I have found that trying to explain to patients that antibiotics now have to be used solely to prevent serious illness developing, and that they cannot be used to shorten the duration of a self limiting illness by a few days has been well received - more than I anticipated!

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