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Cornwall “BUDDIES” – Bug and Drug: delivering integrated education scheme

The aim of the project is to address an educational need across the spectrum of health, social care and education providers


The project is to provide BUDDIE facilitators, who will be employed to pilot or support education resources and opportunities for parent / relative carers of individuals with disabilities or illnesses that increase their likelihood of infection and antibiotic treatment.

The role of the BUDDIE facilitators will be to:

  • Co-ordinate with personnel responsible for staff training in health and social care provider organisations
  • Identify and link with existing areas of good practice in related education and training.
  • Establish and deliver a simple tiered multi-agency "Bug and Drug" curriculum for health and social care staff and widening knowledge through links with the SW ‘Get In’ project.
  • Promote and maximise use of existing approved educational resources both in educational settings, workplaces, and amongst patient and carer groups.
  • Combine bug and drug education with relevant infection prevention training aligned with the care context and activities of the relevant staff group.
  • Train trainers to facilitate cascade training where appropriate.
  • Act as training facilitators in the roll-out of new health care processes or alerts.
  • Help ensure understanding and adherence to key policies and guidelines in health and social care settings, particularly where these straddle primary and secondary health care, or health and social care.

The intention will be to develop and implement a universal but tiered approach to bug and drug training analogous to the Level 1-3 strategy employed in safeguarding education and training.

The project is aimed to be completed in December 2016.

For more details on the project, please contact Andrew Collinson, Medical Joint Director for Infection Prevention and Control, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT), Cornwall.

Anticipated benefits will be:

  1. To develop Cornwall's track record in integrated education and training across agencies and professional groups and between providers and service users.
  2. To establish and reinforce a bug and drug training culture across health care, social care and education.
  3. To establish the principle of tiered bug and drug competencies analogous to the approach taken to safeguarding training.
  4. To foster personal links and working relationships between individuals involved in infection prevention and microbe / antimicrobial training across Cornwall.
  5. To develop and deliver appropriate tailored educational resources for professional and lay groups not currently covered by existing curricula and materials.

This Page was last updated on: 26 November 2015

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