OPAT Strategy 2019-2021

Dedicated to delivering high quality patient care closer to home through peer-reviewed best practice, optimal use of antimicrobial agents and devices and the measurement of specific patient outcomes
  1. TO ENSURE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO OPAT ACROSS THE UK THROUGH NEGOTIATION OF A NATIONAL TARIFF IN ENGLAND AND PROMOTION WITHIN DEVOLVED HEALTH ADMINISTRATIONS IN SCOTLAND, WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND
  • Advocate for a nationally recognised funding mechanisms that benefits both providers and payers of OPAT services
  • Present outputs to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics and other professional healthcare organisations within the devolved nations
  • Undertake a landscape survey to identify and characterise all OPAT services operating within the UK including the emergence of OPAT offered via ambulatory care services
  • Develop and undertake a qualitative survey looking at requirements for and obstacles in developing new / expansion of existing OPAT services

 

  1. TO ENSURE THAT OPAT OPERATES WITHIN A GOOD PRACTICE FRAMEWORK AND ADHERES TO THE PRINCIPLES OF THE BROADER ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP AGENDA
  • Promote OPAT as an important aspect of antimicrobial stewardship across the BSAC portfolio
  • Identify opportunities to engage with all in the OPAT clinical community e.g. acute medicine, ambulatory care, hospital in the home, surgery and general paediatrics – to inform, support and enhance the delivery of safe and effective services across all sectors
  • Promote the BSAC open access online OPAT stewardship training module to all OPAT and other healthcare practitioners
  • Review the Good Practice Recommendations (Adult and Paediatric) every three years from the date of last publication

 

  1. TO FACILITATE THE COLLECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF A COMPREHENSIVE DATA SET ON OPAT SERVICE PROVISION AND OUTCOMES TO SUPPORT SHARED LEARNING, DRIVE QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS IN OPAT PRACTICES AND THERAPIES 
  • Promote the collation and submission of a core data set (infections treated, antimicrobial usage and outcomes) from all UK OPAT services to the National Outcomes Registry to better understand and describe UK OPAT practice and support OPAT service governance
  • Make OPAT service key outcomes available within the UK to share learning and promote bench marking between units

 

  1. TO EXTEND THE RANGE OF ANTI-INFECTIVES AND DEVICES AVAILABLE FOR USE WITHIN THE OPAT PATIENT PATHWAY THROUGH PUBLICATION OF STANDARDISED OPEN ACCESS DATA
  • Pro-actively identify, investigate and make available to the healthcare community the results of the stability and shelf-life studies through open access publication

 

  1. TO ESTABLISH A PROACTIVE, SELF-SUPPORTING OPAT NETWORKING COMMUNITY 
  • Support the OPAT Community through the provision of education and networking opportunities via:
    • E-learning courses
    • Workshops and conferences
    • Virtual networking opportunities through the establishment of an OPAT Service Directory social media network