Join our scientific symposium at BSAC Spring Conference 2018

The theme of this year is "Addressing AMR, the Trinity of Prevention, Preservation & Promotion".
In keeping with this theme Abbott has organised a scientific symposium titled: Diagnostic testing for point of care C-Reactive Protein and how it can guide antibiotic prescribing.

Mountbatten Room

6th Floor
QEII Conference Centre
Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE
time and date

Monday, 12th March



Liz Cross, Advanced Nurse Practitioner QN &
CLAHRC fellow NIHR East of England
Visiting Lecturer at University of Hertfordshire
Attenborough Surgery, United Kingdom

In the winter of 2015/16, in a bid to improve antibiotic stewardship in her clinics, Liz piloted C-reactive Protein point of care testing (CRP POCT) for the management of lower respiratory tract infections in line with the NICE guidelines.

Following this pilot Liz won an NHS Innovation award which funded the 2nd stage of the project out to 8 sites within Herts Valleys. CRP POCT was piloted in 8 (5 CRP test sites, 3 standard care) GP sites over a 3-month period during the winter of 2016/17. Subsequently Liz won an Antibiotic Guardian award in the diagnostic category with this work in June 2017.  

Event Description

The use of point-of-care tests for C-reactive Protein (CRP) have been shown to significantly reduce antibiotic prescribing for lower respiratory tract infections without compromising either patients' recovery or satisfaction with care. 1

This symposium will highlight the successful implementation of point of care CRP testing in primary care.

1. Cals, J.W., Butler, C.C., Hopstaken, R.M., Hood, K. and Dinant, G.J. (2009) Effect of point of care testing for C-reactive protein and training in communication skills on antibiotic use in lower respiratory tract infections: cluster randomised trial. BMJ. 2009;338(51):1374. [Online] doi:10.1136/bmj.b1374