Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for combating antimicrobial resistance - research and reimbursement, engagement with clinicians, and developing a holistic approach

Morning, Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Central London


This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to assess progress made so far in slowing the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as Government and stakeholders consider key priorities for the new AMR strategy.

In light of the Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry into the Government’s response to the challenge of AMR - and completion of the UK 5 year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018 - delegates will consider the threat posed to public health by AMR and the challenges for implementing the next 5 year strategy.

Following the recent publication of the UK’s biological security strategy, attendees will also discuss the next steps for strengthening international collaboration on AMR, which is highlighted as a key strand of the strategy.

Sessions will examine the factors contributing towards resistance and the measures being taken by industry and healthcare professionals to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics, including attention to reimbursement models and how these might be altered to discourage the prescription and use of antibiotics.  

Further sessions will also assess future research priorities, in light of the £10m Small Business Research Initiative and £30m funding to tackle AMR recently made available by the Government.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department of Health and Social Care

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department of Health and Social Care

Keynote Speakers

Professor Alan Johnson

Head, Department of HCAI and AMR National Infection Service, Public Health England

Dr Fiona Carragher

Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England and Chair, UK AMR Diagnostic Collaborative


Dr Anita Sharma

NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group and GP

Professor Hilary Thomas

Chief Medical Adviser and Member, Centre of Excellence in Healthcare and Life Sciences, KPMG

Richard Griffiths

Chief Executive, British Poultry Council

Jonathan Pearce

Head of Infections and Immunity, Medical Research Council

Senior speaker confirmed from the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control

Cóilín Nunan,

Scientific Advisor, Alliance to Save our Antibiotics