CPA & THET Win Antibiotic Guardian Award for CwPAMS

CPA & THET Win Antibiotic Guardian Award for CwPAMS

Antibiotic Guardian Awards 2020

On Thursday 26 November 2020, the fifth Antibiotic Guardian award was held to honour the efforts of healthcare professionals around the UK and around the world in combating antimicrobial resistance. These awards are part of the ongoing initiative of the Antibiotic Guardian, led by Public Health England in partnership with administrations and professional bodies devolved from the United Kingdom.

The goal of the Antibiotic Guardian campaign is to increase involvement
and raise public and healthcare professionals’ awareness of how we can slow down the production of resistant bacteria to stop the overuse of antibiotics and their needless use.

Thus, by selecting a pledge on the dedicated website, groups including students and educators, farmers, families, veterinary, medical, nursing and pharmacy practitioners and local and national organisations can sign up to become Antibiotic Guardians.

“The Antibiotic Guardian awards, now in its fifth year, continue to provide us with an excellent opportunity for us to champion organisations and individuals who have demonstrated achievement in their work to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of biggest global public health threats we face. These awards have highlighted the wealth of fantastic work taking place across the country and abroad. This year, we were delighted to receive 30 entries from colleagues outside the UK, highlighting the important global collaborations. 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.”

Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Lead for the Antibiotic Guardian campaign

The Shortlists

The Shortlists

Award categories included Animal Health, Agriculture and Food Supply, Children and Family, Community Communications, Diagnostic Stewardship, Infection Prevention and Control, Innovation and Technology, Prescribing and Stewardship, Public Engagement, Research, Multi-Country Collaboration, Student of the Year and the Das Pillay Memorial Award.

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Concerning the collaborations of the CPA and the CwPAMS, these are the shortlisted entries for the awards including the winners and the highly commended:

For infection and prevention control, we had the Makerere University School of Public Health win with their project of the Execution of a multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship reinforcement (AMS) project in Wakiso district, Uganda. Congratulations.

Well done to all the shortlisted entries for Multi-Country Collaborations and activities to tackle AMR. There we many projects from partners of the CwPAMS  that were shortlisted including:

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the University of Health and Allied Sciences and Ho Teaching Hospital enhancing pharmacists’ roles to support the delivery of antimicrobial stewardship programmes in the Ho teaching hospital.

Makerere University School of Public Health with their multidisciplinary project on Strengthening Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) in Wakiso district, Uganda

Gulu-Manchester link with their project to improve antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) practices and awareness of AMS in Gulu Regional Referral Hospital (GRRH) and St Marys hospital Lacor (SML).

Healthcare Improvement Scotland with their partnership with lead pharmacists in Ghana Police Hospital (GPH), Accra, and Keta Municipal Hospital (KMH), Volta Region, to support the development of antimicrobial stewardship.

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals, University Teaching Hospital – Lusaka, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, University of Zambia, University of Brighton, the University of Sussex with their project to improve AMS and infection prevention and control at University Teaching Hospitals, Lusaka, Zambia (UTH).

And Finally, the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) and Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) won the award for creating the CwPAMS scheme to use the expertise of UK health institutions and technical experts to improve the capacity of national health workers and institutions in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to tackle AMR problems through antimicrobial stewardship (AMS).

"We would like to congratulate you and the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) and Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) for winning the Multi-Country Collaboration category of the Antibiotic Guardian Shared Learning and Awards 2020. We received the highest number of entries ever this year and so your award is an achievement to be proud of.

Please find attached your certificate, as well as an electronic badge to mark your achievement. This can be included in your email signature, social media posts, organisational comms or otherwise used to promote your achievement and increase public awareness of tackling AMR. On social media, continue to use #AntiboticGuardian for all AMR related activities.

Please take a look at the Antibiotic Guardian shared learning pages to find out more about the other shortlisted entries across all categories, including poster and video presentations. Thank you to yourself and your team(s) for your incredible work to keep antibiotics working. We encourage you to submit more of your great work for next year's shared learning and awards."

Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope; National Lead, WAAW, EAAD and Antibiotic Guardian; Lead Pharmacist HCAI & AMR Division, PHE

Aoife Hendrick; CPhO Clinical Fellow and Jordan Charlesworth; AMR Programme Officer, Public Health England

On behalf of the Antibiotic Guardian Shared Learning & Awards Planning Group

For the Das Pillay AMS Award, we had Bea Yean Ng from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust as the winner. Well done in excelling in delivering antimicrobial stewardship quality improvement.

Well done to one of our CPhO fellows Fran Garraghan for winning the best dressed for the event. You looked great!

Congrats to all the winners of the Antimicrobial Guardian Awards, with your determination, hard work and skill, you have all been a significant part of improving Antimicrobial Stewardship across the Common Wealth, thank you for everything. And Congratulations once again, you all deserved it.