Preparing sexual health services for the challenge of antimicrobial resistant bacteria

Date: 21 September 2018
Time: 9:45am - 4:30pm
Cost: Free

The Sexual Health Improvement Programme Health Integration Team (SHIP HIT) and BASHH (British Association of Sexual Health and HIV) are hosting this meeting to:

  • provide an opportunity to learn about current research and service innovations to tackle drug resistance in sexually transmitted infections
  • facilitate discussion on the barriers and enablers to improving sexual health services for AMR
  • develop a national stakeholder network and action plan on STIs and AMR

Who should attend?

Researchers, clinicians, commissioners, pharmacists, health professionals and service providers who are grappling with the challenge of antimicrobial resistance in sexually transmitted infections and how sexual health services can evolve to meet this challenge now and in the future.


  • 9.45am - Registration & coffee
  • 10.15am - Session 1: Local innovations and clinical implementation
  • 11.15am - Session 2: Diagnostics for AMR in STIs
  • 12.15pm - Workshop: Priorities and plans for action
  • 1pm - Lunch & networking
  • 2pm - Session 3: AMR epidemiology and modelling
  • 3pm - Session 4: Future of sexual health services
  • 4pm - Panel Feedback and next steps
  • 4.30pm - Close

Apply to speak

We are accepting abstracts for short talks for the sessions 1) Local innovations and clinical implementation, 2) Diagnostics for AMR in STIs, 3) AMR epidemiology and modelling 4) Future of sexual health services. Please send your title and abstract (max 250 words) to

Talks will be selected to ensure a balanced programme. We also invite you to bring posters for display during lunch.


Antibiotic resistance is recognised as a national and international challenge which will require a step change across the health-care system. The UK government 5 year action plan has three strategic aims:

  • improve the knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance
  • conserve and steward the effectiveness of existing treatments
  • stimulate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and novel therapies

On 5 July 2018, Lord Jim O’Neill spoke at the launch of the UK Antimicrobial Diagnostics Collaborative and challenged us to set an ambitious date for meeting the call from the O’Neill review that no antibiotics should be prescribed before an appropriate diagnostic test result is available in high income countries. This aim presents particular challenges for STIs:

  • services are delivered in a range of settings, mainly outside hospitals
  • services are commissioned by different bodies which may not see the economic benefits of changes to services directly
  • crucially many people are currently treated before a test result is known as contacts of partners with an infection

Co-hosted by SHIP and BASHH

SHIP is the Sexual Health Improvement Programme, one of the Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams and is co-directed by Dr Katy Turner, Dr Paddy Horner and Dr Thara Raj. SHIP is a collaborative network including academics, clinicians, commissioners, service providers and users and other stakeholders.

BASHH is the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV. This event is supported by the special interest group in bacterial infections chaired by Dr Frances Keane and Prof Cathy Ison.

We are grateful for support from Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, Bristol AMR, and Health Protection Research Unit on Evaluation of Interventions. Funding for the event has kindly been provided by Bristol Health Partners.

Local organising committee

Dr Paddy Horner, Dr Katy Turner, Dr Maya Gobin, Dr Katharine Looker, Dr Neil Powell

Advisory committee

Dr Immy Ahmed, Dr Emma Harding-Esch, Dr Frances Keane, Prof Cathy Ison, Dr Thara Raj

Event address: Life Sciences Building, G13/14
Bristol University
24 Tyndall Avenue
Contact information: Name: Katy Turner
Register now as places are limited. The event is free but there will be an admin fee of £20 in the event of non-attendance without cancellation. Please let us know at least 48 hours before if you are unable to attend.
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