Terms & Conditions of Use

By accessing or using any part of this website you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of Use. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Use, you may not access or use the website, and you should exit the website immediately.

This Point of Care Antimicrobial Stewardship Tool (POCAST) mobile-enabled website is intended solely for use by healthcare professionals who are working for organisations that are using the Public Health England Management of Infection Guidance for Primary Care for Consultation and Local Adaptation. Any use outside this setting is entirely at the risk of the user.

The primary source for the guidance included in the POCAST is the Management of Infection Guidance for Primary Care for Consultation and Local Adaptation developed by Public Health England (PHE). The Terms and Conditions of use for the Management of Infection Guidance for Primary Care for Consultation and Local Adaptation reported on the PHE website also applies to this website:

  • All material included in the website is intended for information purposes only. You are hereby placed under notice that you should take appropriate precautions to verify the accuracy of such information.
  • The information included in the website should not be used for self-diagnosis. If you have any doubts about your wellbeing you should contact a healthcare professional.
  • Any e-mail communications made by you to us either through the website or otherwise shall take effect when they are actually received by us if sent to the relevant e-mail addresses published on the website. The Agency may act on any instruction or other communication, whether made by e-mail or otherwise, if we believe in good faith it has been given or sent by you or on your behalf. There may be delays in executing any instructions that you send to us by means of e-mail. For example, your e-mail may be received by us outside normal business hours, in which case we will only act thereon as soon as may be practicable during the next business day.
  • The website is provided on an "AS IS" basis. All material accessed or downloaded from the website is obtained at your own risk. It is your responsibility to use appropriate virus software.
  • The material featured on this website is subject to PHE copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. PHE copyright protected material (other than agency logos, photography and other images) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium, provided it is reproduced accurately, not used in a misleading context and is for non-commercial use only. You are not permitted to sell or trade in material obtained from the website. Where any of the PHE copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged. The permission to reproduce PHE copyright protected material does not extend to any material on this site that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. Your use of material under this licence is entirely at your own risk. PHE makes no warranty, representation or guarantee that the material is error free. PHE encourages users to establish hypertext links to this site.
  • All photographs and images on this site are copyright. All rights are reserved and no photograph or image may be copied, reproduced or directly linked to without the express permission of Public Health England.
  • The Agency makes no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy of the information contained in the website. All conditions, warranties and representations, expressed or implied by (i) statute, (ii) common law or (iii) otherwise, including, without limitation, conditions, warranties or representations of fitness for a particular purpose or satisfactory quality, are excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law.
  • It is a condition of our allowing free access to the website that the Agency shall not (subject to the matters set out in paragraph 9 below or as otherwise provided by law) be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage (including, without limitation, loss of profits, business, anticipated savings, goodwill, use of data) caused by the use and reliance on, or the inability to use, the website which results, without limitation, from inaccurate information, omissions, interruptions, suspension, errors, defects, viruses, delays in operation or transmission, or any other failure of performance with respect to the website.
  • The Agency accepts no liability for any statements, information, products or services that are accessed by you through any external third party websites. The Agency does not endorse or approve the contents of any such website. Such websites are owned and operated by third parties and we provide access to such websites solely as a convenience. You should be aware that different terms and conditions may apply to your use of third party websites. All intellectual property rights in the material on any other web sites which you may be able to link to from the website are owned by third parties.
  • Nothing in these Terms of Use shall operate to exclude or restrict the Agency’s liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence, or fraud.
  • You shall indemnify, and keep indemnified, the Agency against each loss, liability and cost which the Agency incurs as a result of the use by you of this website other than in accordance with these Terms of Use or any external websites accessed from this website, or the breach by you of any intellectual property rights in the website except in so far as such loss, liability or cost arises from the Agency’s negligence or breach of these Terms of Use.
  • We may make changes to the website that we feel appropriate from time to time (including without limitation to their operation, "look and feel" or information made available on them).
  • We reserve the right to make changes to these Terms of Use. We will notify you either clearly on the home page of the website or by email, that changes will be made to the Terms of Use, that the amended Terms of Use may be viewed on the website and when they become effective. If you do not wish to be bound by the amendments to the Terms of Use, you may not continue to access or use the website.
  • This website and the content and information on this website is intended for use by residents of the UK only and is not intended for distribution to, or use by, any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation. Non-UK residents accessing these pages should inform themselves and observe any restrictions imposed by such law or regulation. If you do not know or are in any doubt as to whether the website can be lawfully used by you, you must not use the website for any purpose.
  • These Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and any other documents referred to herein constitute the entire agreement, and supersede any previous agreement, between you and the Agency relating to use of the website.

These Terms of Use and all matters arising from or connected with them are governed by English law.


Information accuracy

While we do our best to ensure you are provided with the right information when using the POCAST, we don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on the site. In no event will we be held liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any kind whatsoever, whether based in contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise, arising out of or in any way connected with: your use of or inability to use the POCAST; the provision of or failure to provide services; any information obtained through the POCAST; any decisions that are based on the information derived from using POCAST, or for any care received from providers found from using it.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material for viruses. However, it is recommended that you run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur while using material derived from this website.

We are not responsible for the content or reliability of external websites that are on this site. Links should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work at all times and we have no control over the availability of linked pages. Please be aware that POCAST is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites.


We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to the POCAST, or the sites to which it links. We accept no responsibility for any damages arising directly or indirectly from the loss of use of information on the POCAST.

Last reviewed 27th July 2016

The POCAST project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London and by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity (Grant Ref No:7006/P36U).