From Stewardship to Sepsis: Promoting AMS and World Antibiotic Awareness Week across Northern Ireland

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Dr Aaron Brady is an Antimicrobial Pharmacist at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) and a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).
To promote AMS within Northern Ireland, and to coincide with World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019, Dr Brady devised, organised and chaired a multidisciplinary symposium titled ‘From Stewardship to Sepsis’ held in Riddel Hall on the 19th November 2019.
The free-to-attend event received CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Anaesthetists and sponsorship from Pfizer, with speakers from King’s College London, The Royal Marsden, BHSCT and QUB highlighting current AMS challenges in both clinical practice and academia.
The sold-out event was attended by over 120 pharmacists, medics, IPC nurses and biomedical scientists and the day-long program provided something for all disciplines.
The program covered a wide range of topics with talks as follows:
• Reducing Drug Errors Associated with Antimicrobial Prescribing (Mrs Gillian Cavell)
• AMS in the Immunocompromised Population: The Royal Marsden Experience (Ms Celia Noblett)
• Gram-Negative Sepsis and Novel Antimicrobial Agents (Dr Judith Troughton)
• WHO Access, Watch, and Reserve Classification: AWaRe (Dr Yingfen Hsia)
• Managing Sepsis in the Immunocompromised Host (Dr Emmet Major)

In addition, the debate session: ‘How can we successfully treat Gram-negative sepsis while reducing our use of carbapenems?’, prompted lively discussion between the multidisciplinary audience.
The symposium also hosted poster presentations on local research including AMS in the HIV Population and Ward Level AMS Groups, while coffee and lunch afforded the opportunity for different disciplines to network.
Extensive feedback on the event proved overwhelmingly positive and to link with the theme of the event Dr Brady raised over £250 in charitable donations for The Sepsis Trust.
Dr Brady intends for the symposium to become an annual event and Thursday 11th March 2021 has already been pencilled in for the 2nd symposium.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2020
EventAntibiotic Guardian Shared Learning Awards 2020 - Virtual
Duration: 26 Nov 202026 Nov 2020


ConferenceAntibiotic Guardian Shared Learning Awards 2020
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Bibliographical note

Dr Aaron Brady is an Antimicrobial Pharmacist at BHSCT and a Visiting Scholar at QUB.


  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Antimicrobial stewardship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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