Antibiotic Resistance and You!

Antibiotic Resistance and You! – two events from Public Health England

London: Wednesday 24 February 2016 and Manchester: Wednesday 28 September 2016

Antibiotic resistance affects you, but do you know how? Come and join in the discussion on how we can work together to combat antibiotic resistance!

This event is especially for general members of the public; we are looking forward to hearing your views

These free public events will:

  • Educate you about the causes of antibiotic resistance and why it is a threat.
  • Inform you about what you can do to help solve this problem by taking simple, everyday steps.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of the government, policy makers, and healthcare professionals in tackling this problem.
  • Show you how you can join the fight against antibiotic resistance.
  • Allow you to contribute to the debate about antibiotic resistance and to the solution!


 1715    Registration and refreshments

 1800    Welcome and overview

Why are we here? What do we want to achieve?
Anthony Kessel, Director of Public Health Strategy, Public Health England

1810    All about antibiotics – how they have changed our world

             Nicholas Brown, Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Addenbrooke’s’ Hospital, Cambridge

 1820    Thank you antibiotics!

A short film showing why antibiotics are valuable

1825    Let’s talk antibiotic resistance

What is antibiotic resistance? | Where does it come from? | What effect does it have it? | How has it reduced our ability to treat infections? | Why do we need to tackle the problem of resistance?  What does it mean for you? Alan Johnson, Head of Department of HCAI & AMR National Infection Service, Public Health England

 1840    The effects antibiotic resistance can have on people

A short film based on real-life experiences showing the hardship and difficulties antibiotic resistance can cause.

1900    Audience and panel discussion:  Our role in 

Each one of us is essential in helping to use antibiotics effectively and reduce antibiotic resistance – we all have a part to play!  Our expert panel will describe their roles in solving the antibiotic resistance crisis and will answer your questions:

Chair of the panel: Anthony Kessel, Public Health England, London

  • Policy Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Public Health England, London
  • Members of the public Francoise Husson, London
  • General Practitioner Peter Smith, Kingston
  • Consultant Microbiologist Nicholas Brown, Cambridge
  • Researcher Esmita Charani, London
  • Science Communicator Victoria Wells, Birmingham
  • Hospital Pharmacist Basola Sowemimo, Richmond
  • Community Pharmacist Reena Barai, Sutton

1945    Working together – becoming effective Antibiotic Guardians

Find out how you can help

Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Public Health England, London

1955    Thank you and closing remarks

Delivered by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy on behalf of Public Health England