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Priorities and next steps for tackling antimicrobial resistance in the UK

Morning, Wednesday, 24th January 2024

This conference will discuss next steps for tackling antimicrobial resistance in the UK.

It will be a timely opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine priorities for the new AMR action plan expected next year, with the current 5-year action plan coming to an end.

Delegates will review progress in the UK’s 20-year vision for antimicrobial resistance, development of new antibiotics, and the impact of funding set out in the Global AMR Innovation Fund to advance early development of new antibiotics.

Further areas for discussion include innovation and opportunities for the use of new technologies such as AI in streamlining the development of new antibiotics, international collaboration and next steps for UK international leadership in tackling AMR, and priorities for the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on AMR taking place in 2024.

Further sessions look at best practice and priorities for surveillance, and the role of integrated care systems in local coordination, prescribing and patient awareness.

We are pleased to include keynote sessions with: Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK Special Envoy, Antimicrobial Resistance; Deborah O'Neil, Chief Executive Officer, NovaBiotics; and Professor Lord Darzi of Denham, Chair, The Fleming Initiative.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • the current state of AMR: progress so far with the UK 5-year AMR action plan and priorities beyond
  • healthcare delivery: the role of NHS institutions in addressing AMR and enhancing patient safety - plans for improving infection prevention and control measures within healthcare facilities
  • research: emerging resistance mechanisms - surveillance methods - innovative approaches to treatment - investment priorities to support development of new antibiotics and diagnostic tools
  • pharmaceuticals: incentivising drug development and promoting responsible antibiotic use - latest thinking on addressing issues of profitability and regulatory hurdles for antibiotic development
  • prescribing:
    • developments, responsibility and best practice
    • education, information and supporting behaviour change in both healthcare providers and the public - strategies for implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs
  • collaboration: improving joint working between government, healthcare and the pharmaceutical sector - strategies for policy, government support, regulatory reform and international relationships

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DAERA, NI; DBT; Defra, DHSC; Food Standards Scotland; FSA; FSA, NI; HM Treasury; MHRA; VMD; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Dame Sally Davies

UK Special Envoy, Antimicrobial Resistance

Deborah O'Neil

Chief Executive Officer, NovaBiotics

Keynote Speakers

Professor Dame Sally Davies

UK Special Envoy, Antimicrobial Resistance

Deborah O'Neil

Chief Executive Officer, NovaBiotics

Professor Lord Darzi of Denham

Chair, The Fleming Initiative


Julian Sturdy MP

Chair and Registered Contact, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics, House of Commons


Richard Hebdon

Director of Health & Life Sciences, Innovation UK

Dr Jesus Rodriguez-Manzano

Senior Lecturer in Diagnostics for Infectious Disease, Imperial College London

Dr Jean Pierre Nyemazi

Senior Advisor, World Health Organization

Dr Aggy York

Urgent and Primary Care Lead, Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board

Professor Roberto La Ragione

Head of the School of Biosciences and Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey

Dr Paula Sommer

Head of Research, Cystic Fibrosis Trust