Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free


Discover the function, role and limitations of an OPAT service

OPAT is a clinical service which enables patients with serious infection to be managed in an outpatient setting. The service aims to facilitate admission avoidance or early hospital discharge.

On this course, you will be introduced to the concept of OPAT. You’ll start by looking at the roles and responsibilities within the multi-disciplinary OPAT team.

Next, you’ll examine the importance of patient selection and antimicrobial choice, followed by device selection and monitoring.

By the end of the course, you’ll know how to develop an OPAT service in your own setting.


What topics will you cover?

The course will cover:

  • The function, role and limitations of OPAT in modern health care
  • The roles and responsibilities within the multi-disciplinary OPAT team
  • The importance of patient selection, antimicrobial choice and device selection and monitoring in achieving optimal outcome
  • How OPAT relates to the wider antimicrobial stewardship agenda and health care governance

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at healthcare professionals who are interested in developing an OPAT service.

Who developed the course?


Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.