Antimicrobial prescribing metrics

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Antibiotic prescribing in the community in England has been decreasing since 2014. COVID-19 however has resulted in an increase in the precautionary prescribing of antibiotics due to concerns about bacterial co-infection.

Two indicators have therefore been carried forward from the NHS Oversight Framework to the System Oversight Framework (SOF) for Integrated Care Systems for 2021/22, to facilitate a safe reduction in overall antibiotic exposure by highlighting variation, so ICSs can provide appropriate support to practices and PCNs.