The COVID-19 pandemic means that WAAW is particularly important this year as we work together to recover and restore services. Clearly, we may still need to use antibiotics to manage dental problems due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic but it is still important to use them responsibly in line with the prevailing guidance. Public Health England would encourage all members of the dental team who have not done so to pledge to be an Antibiotic Guardian here, this will just take a minute.
If you would like to find out more about the campaign information is available here, there is an elearning module on antimicrobial resistance here and resources toolkit that has been published and available here. Attached is the NHS poster which may be useful.
You could also consider the following:
- Include the attached Antibiotic Guardian/ Keep Antibiotics Working graphic in your e-signature for WAAW (and beyond).
- See the attached template for a digital sticky note image – include the actions that you are engaging with to prevent antimicrobial resistance and save as an image – this can be included in your e-signature or shared on social media.
- For MS Teams meetings during WAAW, set the attached ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ image as your virtual background. Click here for instructions on how to do this.
- Sign up here to become an Antibiotic Guardian Schools Ambassador. You will receive a link to a template email to your local school Headteacher, as well as an item to be included in the school’s newsletter. You simply need to send this email to a local school or school(s) you are connected to with the newsletter item attached, encouraging them to include it as part of their usual communications to parents during November/December 2020.
- Support the Global ‘Twitter storm’ which will run 18 November 1-2pm GMT. Please see the attached images, suggested tweets and hashtags and promote these on your organisational/personal Twitter accounts during this hour. These can be shared across any social media platform, however.