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Handwashing

FREE support for teaching about infections, hygiene and antibiotic resistance

Resistance of bugs to antibiotics and other drugs is an important priority for the NHS and Public Health.

An important part of the local plan to raise awareness of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) is engaging children and young people in practical steps that they can take to reduce the spread of infections e.g. hygiene and handwashing.

Two free, local (Birmingham and Solihull schools) opportunities are available for schools to help raise awareness among pupils and staff:

 FREE assemblies:

Awareness raising sessions have been developed for delivery in school assemblies in Primary and Secondary schools in Birmingham and Solihull.

The aim is to increase knowledge about the issues and encourage positive actions that will reduce the spread of resistance.

The assemblies are free and will be delivered by NHS health professionals, Academics and University students who are on healthcare programmes.

If you are interested in arranging a visit to your school, or would like more information please contact amrschools@aston.ac.uk

FREE eBUG training:

e-Bug is a fun, free microbiology resource for KS2, 3, 4 & 5 science and PSHE teachers.  e-Bug aims to reduce antibiotic resistance by helping children and young people understand health, hygiene, infections and antibiotic use.

Further information and all the resources are available at:  www.e-bug.eu

A key component of the e-Bug project is the organisation of FREE Train the Trainer workshops that train educators on what the e-Bug resources and materials are, and how they can be used in lessons.

Typically, the sessions last about 3 hours and train on 4-8 interactive activities including Microbes, Hand Hygiene, Respiratory Hygiene, Antibiotics, Oral Hygiene, Vaccinations and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Further information about the train the trainer sessions is available in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QRDZ5uQoBI&t=5s

If you would like more information, please email rakhi.aggarwal@nhs.net .

This blog post on the Teacher Toolkit website makes horrifying reading!

A study by Rentokil Specialist Hygiene analysed bacteria levels in a large primary school by swabbing over 140 sites and found bacteria lurking everywhere.

They used a luminometer to read hygiene levels. Something with a reading between 200 to 500 is considered ‘normal’, below  200 is low but anything over 500 shows high levels of contamination. Here are the top five offenders:

  1. Play equipment at 7,479 units
  2. Chairs at 1,647 units
  3. Door handles at 1,358 units
  4. Door frames at 1,236 units
  5. Radiators at 858 units

Please click here to read more.

Guidance from Public Health England: Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities states;

Hand washing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea and vomiting and respiratory disease. Liquid soap, warm water and paper towels are recommended.

Advise all staff and pupils to wash their hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food and after touching animals.

Cover all cuts and abrasions with a waterproof dressing.

Resources for teaching about handwashing

Lesson plans, leaflets and assemblies for key stages 1 and 2 from Carex.

Plan International and WaterAid provide a global perspective on the importance of handwashing.

Global Handwashing Day (Oct 15th) resources.

e-bug resources support learning about micro-organisms in a range of contexts including handwashing.