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National Award for Innovative Antibiotic Work

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INNOVATOR: (from left) Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, for Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship and HCAI at Public Health England, Dr Diane Harris, Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist, NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Debra Moore from award sponsor 'Alere', and Professor John Watson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.

Health professionals in southern Derbyshire have won a national award for innovation in a new scheme which recognises outstanding work.

The Antibiotic Guardian Awards celebrate and honour organisations that have shown excellence in addressing the problem of antibiotic – or antimicrobial – resistance. 

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has beaten competition from across the country to win the Innovation Award for a range of pioneering initiatives taking place with member practices.

The work aims to keep the number of antibiotics prescribed by doctors and non-medical prescribers, such as nurses or pharmacists, as low as possible.

Innovative work the award honours includes:

  • hosting education events for GPs, and clinicians including dentists, community pharmacists andnurses
  • identifying four GP ‘antibiotic leads’ across the area to champion this work
  • improving patients’ knowledge and confidence in managing their illnesses to prevent them resorting to, or requesting, antibiotics
  • producing easy-to-use, updated treatment guidelines – using examples of cases – where antibiotics are unlikely to be helpful.

The CCG also provides quarterly feedback, using a “traffic light” grading system, to thank clinicians for their hard work and provide achievable targets to support the wider health community and keep professionals focussed on this issue.

Dr Diane Harris, Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We’re delighted to have won this award for all the innovative work we’re doing alongside our GPs to combat antibiotic resistance.

“Antibiotics are a vital tool for treating infections like tuberculosis and pneumonia and to prevent infections during surgical procedures and cancer treatment.

“So the growing problem of resistance is a major challenge of our time.

“Our CCG has a good record for only prescribing antibiotics when they’re necessary, and has a prescribing rate that is below the national average.

“By using antibiotics only when necessary – for example for life-threatening infections such as meningitis – they are more likely to work when patients really need them.

"I would like to thank GPs, non-medical prescribers and the CCG’s medicines management team for their help and continued support towards this achievement. “We’ll carry on our good work and continue to look for new ways to help our patients live longer, healthier lives.”

Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Lead for the Antibiotic Guardian campaign, said: “The Antibiotic Guardian awards are an excellent opportunity for us to champion organisations and individuals who have supported the Antibiotic Guardian campaign and demonstrated achievement in their work to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest global public health threats we face.

“These awards have highlighted the wealth of fantastic work taking place across the country in combatting antimicrobial resistance. I’d like to personally congratulate all the nominees and winners for their contributions.

“At Public Health England we will continue to support and work with partners across the health system to improve antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship programmes.”

The awards were organised by 4 All of Us on behalf of Public Health England.