GAMSAS is a sustainable, points-based accreditation scheme developed by BSAC that aims to drive and spread improvements in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in healthcare settings. Effective AMS programmes deliver benefits for patients, clinical teams and provider organisations by ensuring optimal use of antibiotics for high quality care. The GAMSAS Standards have been developed utilising published standards and guidance on antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) from across the world to provide a framework for assessing the structures and processes within a healthcare organisation. Alignment of the Standards with international publications is detailed in Appendix 1.
The main focus of the Standards is an organisation’s AMS activities, but they also include standards for organisational governance as well as the supporting laboratory and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) services. The national landscape and each section of the Standards have four sections covering the following: Structures, Guidance, Education and Surveillance. Each element can be fully met, partially met, or not met.
To support improvement in all health economies core standards to achieve level 1 accreditation have been defined as well as supplementary standards which if met will allow organisations to progress through quality improvement activities to levels 2 and 3. Ultimately organisations may become a Centre of Excellence supporting others in their region to implement AMS programmes. The national AMS landscape (see Appendix 2) within the country will be considered within the process since this will influence the resources available for potential development of AMS and therefore the level of accreditation that can be achieved.
Accreditation involves an initial screening stage to ensure an organisation can fully engage with the process then a programme of supported assessment with input from a local AMS expert, the BSAC team and an external assessor.
Please note if your organisation is considering joining GAMSAS it is important that you have management support.
Please complete all questions and the GAMSAS team will be in touch within 4-8 weeks to let you know if your organisation is successful in moving to the next stage and we will advise on the next steps in the process.
If you have any questions about completing the screening questionnaire or about GAMSAS in general please contact Dr Jacqueline Sneddon, Programme Manager GAMSAS@bsac.org.uk