National clinical audit 2019/20 – Antimicrobial stewardship

National clinical audit 2019/20 – Antimicrobial stewardship

February 13, 2020


As part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) requirements, pharmacy contractors must undertake a clinical audit each year, on a topic that has been determined by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I). 

PSNC and NHSE&I have agreed that in 2019/20, the national clinical audit should focus on antimicrobial stewardship, specifically aimed at advice provided to patients on upper respiratory tract infections; the audit paperwork has now been published (13th February 2020) on the NHSE&I website. This must be used by all contractors during March 2020 to undertake the audit over a period of five working days (the data collection period can be extended to ten working days, if necessary to collect data from a minimum of 10 patients).

Full information on the background to the audit topic, the purpose of the audit, the audit standard, how to undertake the audit and how to submit your results to NHSE&I can be found in the audit guidance document. This document and the associated data capture form can be downloaded via the following links:

Audit guidance document

Audit data collection sheet

The audit must be completed  by 31st March 2020. Once you have completed the audit, the data should be submitted to NHSE&I via the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) portal.  The portal will open for data submission on 1st March 2020 and it will close at 11.59pm on 28th April 2020; please ensure you have submitted your data by this date, as it will not be possible to re-open the portal for late submissions.

To complete the audit cycle, the audit will be repeated in 2020/21; further details on this will be provided in 2020/21.

If you have any questions that are not covered in the guidance, please contact



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