Sixteen pharmacists, who are part of the Commonwealth Partnership for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) programme, have been appointed chief pharmaceutical officer (CPhO) global health fellows.
The CwPAMS programme is funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund, and it takes a novel approach to enhance antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) by establishing partnerships between multidisciplinary teams including NHS pharmacists in the UK and four African countries.
The CPhO fellows will be assigned to a mentor who would provide guidance to aid growth and development through general support and access to a subject matter expert.
They are in the early or mid-stage of their career and have not previously participated in other fellowships and are part of the teams travelling to one of CwPAMS partner countries on one or more occasion.
“Tackling the growing risk of antimicrobial resistance is a challenge for global society and this initiative offers specialist pharmacists in the UK an excellent professional opportunity, while also sharing their expertise in challenging environments as part of what needs to be a concerted campaign to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing,” said Dr. Keith Ridge, CPhO for England, while making the announcement of the new appointments.
The fellowship is developed and sponsored by Health Education England (HEE) with technical support from the Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association.
It would also offer networking opportunities aimed at sparking new and innovative ideas and collaborations including with the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellows and the Future Leaders Fellows.