Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfHin partnership with the University of Southampton, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and University College London are delighted to launch new AMS (antimicrobial stewardship) out of hours e-learning programme.  

 The AMS (Antimicrobial Stewardship) Out of Hours programme resulted from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Out of Hours Prescribing: Enhancing Communication Project (OPEN, a study about the management of common infections out of hours, on the telephone, in primary care treatment centres and in patients’ homes. 

 About the e-learning 

Developed with the inclusion of real consultations, the e-learning includes resources designed for, but not limited to, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and GPs, prescribing antibiotics in community settings, out of hours, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  The e-learning sessions focus on out of hours primary care and cover the following topics: 

  • session 1: managing patient expectations  
  • session 2: providing self-care advice 
  • session 3: delayed antibiotic prescribing 
  • session 4: giving safety netting advice 

 The e-learning sessions take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Key learning points and self-assessments are included in each session, to help learners reflect on their knowledge and a certificate is available to download on completion of each session. 


After completing the e-learning sessions, we would appreciate your feedback. Each session has a dedicated survey: 

Accessing the e-learning 

You can visit the (AMS) antimicrobial stewardship out of hours programme page to learn more about the e-learning.  

 The e-learning programme is also available to the NHS health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).