Antibiotic resistance is a major global public health issue and a threat to the future of healthcare. Without effective antibiotics, many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous.
Setting fractured bones and other routine surgery, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work. Antibiotic resistance is driven by use of antibiotics so a key way of tackling it is to reduce their inappropriate use.
The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG), established in 2008 at the request of the Scottish Government, works closely with clinical staff in NHS boards to promote the safe and effective use of antibiotics across hospital and community settings.
Our primary objective is to coordinate a national framework for antimicrobial stewardship. This means making the best use of antibiotics to prevent and treat infection to optimise outcomes for patients and reduce harm to both patients and wider society. The SAPG programme of work is aligned to the Scotland’s “Realistic Medicine” agenda through our efforts to reduce harm, waste and variation in antibiotic prescribing practice and to develop individualised treatment for patients wherever possible. We work closely with NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Antimicrobial Management Teams in regional health boards to deliver this work.
By working together, we are making progress in improving use of antibiotics across hospital and community settings, but there is still work to be done.
What we do
Supporting health and social care staff in community settings and clinicians working in hospitals to improve how they use antibiotics to treat patients with infections.
Working with our public partners to raise awareness about use of antibiotics and the problem of antibiotic resistance among health and care staff, patients and the public so that together we can ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’.
Developing training materials to support multi-professional education around antibiotics and resistance across all health and care settings.
Surveillance and informatics
Developing robust information systems to measure antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance and also assess the impact or our quality improvement work.
Who we are
We are a national clinical multi-professional group with representation from key stakeholders including all mainland Scottish health boards.
We are part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
Our programme of work is headed up by our Chair Dr Andrew Seaton and Project Lead Dr Jacqueline Sneddon. We work closely with colleagues in National Services Scotland (NSS) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES).
You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- SAPG representation
Chair: Dr Andrew Seaton, Infectious Diseases Consultant and AMT Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Vice Chair: Dr Gail Haddock, General Practitioner, NHS Highland
Medical Directors Group (Acute Care): to be confirmed
Directors of Pharmacy Group: Alison Wilson, Director of Pharmacy, NHS Borders
Chief Executives' Group: Christine Gilmour, Chief Pharmacist, NHS Lanarkshire
Lead for Information (Prescribing): Professor Marion Bennie, Chief Pharmacist, Public Health Scotland
Pharmaceutical Adviser Information: William Malcolm, Pharmaceutical Adviser, Clinical Lead for the SONAAR Programme, ARHAI Scotland
Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance programme: Dr Julie Wilson, AMR Manager, ARHAI Scotland
Information Analyst: Polly Russell, Information Analyst, ARHAI Scotland
Representative with responsibility for research: Dr Charis Marwick, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee
NHS Education for Scotland: Ruth Robertson, Health Protection Education Programme Manager, Health Protection Scotland/NHS Education for Scotland
National Clinical Safety Lead for Quality and Safety: Dr John Harden, A&E Consultant, NHS Lanarkshire / Scottish Government
NHS Ayrshire & Arran: Dr Ursula Altmeyer, Consultant Microbiologist
NHS Borders: Samuel Whiting, Infection Control Manager
NHS Dumfries & Galloway: Dr Sharon Irvine, Consultant in Infectious Diseases
NHS Fife: Dr David Griffith, Consultant Microbiologist
NHS Forth Valley: Dr Robbie Weir, Consultant Microbiologist
NHS Grampian: Dr Vhairi Bateman, Consultant in Infectious Diseases
NHS Highland: Dr Adam Brown, Consultant Microbiologist
NHS Lanarkshire: Dr Stephanie Dundas, Consultant in Infectious Diseases
NHS Lothian: Dr Morgan Evans, Consultant in Infectious Diseases
NHS Orkney: Dr Becky Wilson, Consultant Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Clinician, NHS Grampian and NHS Orkney; Mr Russell Mackay, Specialist Clinical Pharmacist
NHS Tayside: Dr Busi Mooka, Infectious Diseases Consultant
Golden Jubilee National Hospital: Rebecca Houston, Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist; Dr David Fallaha, Consultant Anaesthetist
Infection Control Doctors Group: Dr Ben Parcell, Consultant Microbiologist, NHS Tayside
General Practitioners: Deirdre O'Driscoll, GP, Glasgow
Paediatrics: Dr Conor Doherty, Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases
Association of Scottish Antimicrobial Pharmacists: Alison Cockburn, Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist, NHS Lothian
Scottish Microbiology and Virology Network: Dr Mairi MacLeod, Consultant Microbiologist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Infection Control Nurses: Diane Stark, Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse, NHS Highland
Nursing: Jo McEwen, Antimicrobial Nurse, NHS Tayside
Scottish Nurse Executive Directors: Professor Hazel Borland, Nurse Director, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Dentistry: Dr Alexander Crighton, Consultant in Oral Medicine, Glasgow School of Dentistry; Professor Andrew Smith, Professor of Clinical Bacteriology, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Public Partner: James Findlay, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Patient and Public Involvement
Scottish Prescribing Advisors Association: Laura Pelan, Prescribing Support Pharmacist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Professional Secretary, ScotMARAP: Ysobel Gourlay, Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
- Observers and SAPG secretariat
Dr Jacqueline Sneddon, SAPG Project Lead, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Lesley Cooper, SAPG Health Service Researcher, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Marion Pirie, SAPG Project Officer, Healthcare Improvement Scotland