About this event

  • Date and time Tue 23 Nov 2021 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Location Online

Join us to learn more about antimicrobial resistance, the global health threat it poses, and the impact it will have on the NHS in the coming years.

In 2019, a UN report warned that unless urgent action was taken to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), global deaths from drug-resistant infections could hit 10m a year by 2050 - the same total as cancer deaths in 2020 - and the economic impact could be similar to the 2008 global financial crisis.

This new programme from the Royal Society of Medicine, held during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, will offer a clear picture of the current position with antimicrobial resistance and the challenges it presents to health services, and the action that is needed to tackle this creeping health crisis.

The episode will consist of one-on-one interviews and discussions featuring leading authorities on AMR including: Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance and former CMO, Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Professor Kat Holt, Professor of Microbial Systems Genomics and Co-Director of the LSHTM AMR Centre, and Dr Colm Leonard, Clinical Lead of NICE, DHSC and NHS England’s UK Antimicrobial Value Assessment/Reimbursement Project.

During this programme delegates will:

  • Understand the big picture threat of antimicrobial resistance, the health challenges it presents, and where things stand with new antibiotic treatments
  • Understand the impact AMR will have on the NHS in the coming years
  • Understand more about current initiatives underway to tackle antimicrobial resistance
  • Receive guidance around best practice to help avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections

A CPD certificate with 3 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

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Key speakers

Professor Dame Sally Davies (1)

Professor Dame Sally Davies

UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance

Speaker's biography

Dame Sally is UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance. Before this, she was Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and Chief Medical Adviser to the UK government from March 2011 to September 2019, having held the post on an interim basis since June 2010.


Dame Sally advocates globally on AMR. She has spoken on AMR at numerous events including the World Health Assembly side events, the G8 science ministers’ meeting in 2015, the Global Health Security Initiative in 2015, and the UN General Assembly side event in 2016. She was chair of the 2013 AMR forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) and was for three years the chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR. Most recently, Dame Sally has been appointed a co-convener of the UN Inter-Agency Co-ordination Group on AMR, set up in response to the AMR declaration made at UNGA 2016.


Dame Sally was a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board 2014-2016 and has led delegations to a range of WHO summits and forums since 2004. She is currently a non-executive director on the boards of: The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; Genomics England Ltd; The Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford; The Clinton Health Access Initiative; and UK Research & Innovation. She was formerly on the boards of Cumberland Lodge and Ashridge Business School.


From 2004-2016, Dame Sally was the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department of Health (DH), where she was actively involved in NHS R&D from its establishment and founded the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Dame Sally received her DBE in 2009. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014 and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, USA in 2015.

Dr Keith Ridge

Dr Keith Ridge CBE

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Speaker's biography

Keith has been Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England since 2006. The role is head of profession for the pharmacy professions and the principal advisor on pharmacy and medicines use. He leads on issues such as medicines optimisation, clinical pharmacy in primary care, pharmacy educational reform and transforming pharmacy practice in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.


He is also the NHS SRO for the pharmacy and prescribing element of the UK AMR strategy. He has led Government reviews on medication errors and overprescribing, the latter being published recently. His role also supports the Department of Health and Social Care, broader Government and Health Education England. He is a visiting professor in the Infectious Diseases section at the Imperial College Medical School. 

Professor Kat Holt

Professor Kat Holt

Professor of Microbial Systems Genomics and Co-Director of the LSHTM AMR Centre
Speaker's biography

Kat is a computational biologist specialising in infectious disease genomics.


She is Professor of Microbial Systems Genomics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Department of Infection Biology, and Co-Director of the LSHTM AMR Centre.


She is also an Adjunct Professor (Research) at Monash University’s Department of Infectious Diseases in Melbourne, Australia; a HHMI-Gates International Research Scholar; and Editor-in-Chief of the UK Microbiology Society journal Microbial Genomics.

Professor Colm Leonard

Professor Colm Leonard

Consultant Thoracic Physician and NICE Consultant Clinical Advisor & Clinical Lead UK Antimicrobial Value Assessment/Reimbursement Project

Speaker's biography

Professor Leonard was appointed as a Consultant Thoracic Physician in Manchester in October 2000, and is also an Honorary Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre.


Since 2008 Prof Leonard has also been working as Consultant Clinical Adviser for the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation at NICE which involves assessing which novel pharmaceutical and MedTech products will benefit from a NICE assessment.


A significant amount of Prof Leonard’s time over the past 4 years has been spent with colleagues in NICE, Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England & Improvement working as clinical lead for the UK project to develop a novel value assessment & reimbursement mechanism for new antimicrobials.


Prof Leonard still spends 50% of his time as a pulmonologist specialising in severe lung disease, particularly Sarcoidosis and other interstitial lung problems.


View the programme 23 November 2021


Professor Dame Sally Davies

Interviewed by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times.

Scene-setting to understand where things currently stand with antimicrobial resistance, what the scale of the problem is, and the international efforts underway to fight back.


Professor Kat Holt

Interviewed by Dr Janet Midega, Senior Research Advisor for Wellcome’s Drug Resistant Infections (DRI) programme.

Insight into what genomic sequencing has taught us about the spread of antimicrobial resistance, the surveillance measures currently in place, and the interventions needed going forward.

Dr Colm Leonard

Interviewed by Clare Wilson, Medial Journalist, New Scientist.

Explanation of the ‘broken market’ of antibiotics, and insight into the NHS’s new subscription-style model for purchasing antimicrobials, and supporting the development of new drugs.


Panel discussion (chaired by Professor Dame Sally Davies)

This panel discussion will look at antimicrobial resistance and the NHS, particularly focusing on best practice around stewardship and infection control.

Guests will include:

Dr Keith RidgeChief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Dr Kordo Saeed, Consultant Microbiologist and Clinical Lead for Microbiology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Tony Avery, GP and Professor of Primary Health Care, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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