The Antibiotic Guardian Awards are organised by for 4 All of Us on behalf of Public Health England
Awards celebrating global fight against antimicrobial resistance
Birmingham, June 27th, 2019: The fourth inaugural Antibiotic Guardian awards took place last Thursday to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals across UK and abroad in tackling antimicrobial resistance. These awards form part of the ongoing Antibiotic Guardian campaign which is led by Public Health England in collaboration with UK devolved administrations and professional bodies.
The Antibiotic Guardian campaign aims to increase commitment and raise awareness among the public and healthcare professionals about how we can slow the development of resistant bacteria and cut overuse and unnecessary use of antibiotics. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous.
Winners on the night included Mid Essex Hospitals Services NHS Trust for their behaviour change approach to antimicrobial stewardship, NHS Wales Informatics who scooped the Innovation & Technology award for their IT platform in community pharmacies in Wales to support an NHS funded sore throat test and treat service. University of Birmingham collected the award for best research project for their BactiVac, a network to support the study, development and implementation of bacterial vaccines to address the global AMR challenge.
Alongside these other notable winners were Kite Consulting who picked up the Animal Health, Agriculture & Food Supply Award for their Antibiotic Monitoring and Reduction Programme – a cross industry project to drive down antibiotic usage in dairy cattle in the UK. International winners on the night included Sociedad Española de Microbiologia who were recognised for their public engagement work on a citizen science project examining Antibiotic discovery and raising awareness. There were three winning teams from Scotland, and the healthcare student of the year award was won by Issaya Mbwilo from Tanzania
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 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. 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 tackle antimicrobial resistance.”