Free CPD: are you ready to test your antimicrobial prescribing knowledge?

News Published: 
26 July 2018

FGDP(UK) would like to make its members aware of a new e-learning resource which enables oral health professionals to test their knowledge of antimicrobial stewardship and prescribing. 

The Antimicrobial Stewardship e-Learning Modules are free to take and consist of three scenario-based quizzes, each of which provides a printable e-certificate of one hour’s verified CPD upon successful completion. Feedback is provided along the way, with the aim that by the end of the modules, participants will be able to demonstrate application of the principles of sound antimicrobial stewardship to common clinical scenarios.

Every year, 25,000 people across Europe, and 700,000 worldwide, die from antibiotic-resistant infections. Dentists issue around 8% of all antibiotic prescriptions in NHS primary care, and have a vital role to play in keeping antibiotics working by prescribing them only when necessary. Since 2015, dentists and other healthcare providers in the UK have also had a statutory duty to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance by ensuring appropriate use of antibiotics.

Developed and hosted by the British Association of Oral Surgeons, the new online resource aims to promote responsible use of antibiotics in oral surgery, but the educational content is of relevance to all general dental practitioners, including those who place dental implants, undertake minor oral surgery or practise in specialist areas.

Participants may wish to refer to FGDP(UK)'s evidence-based guidance, Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners, which is there to help you know when to prescribe, what to prescribe, for how long and at what dosage for scenarios typically encountered in general dental practice.

FGDP(UK) also recommends that dentists regularly audit their use of antimicrobials and their management of dental infections, and our self-audit tool for general dental practitioners, developed in conjunction with the British Dental Association and Public Health England, is an easy way to measure your practice against our guidance, and identify, implement and sustain any necessary changes.