NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Aston University and partners took home a highly-commended honour in the 2018 Antibiotic Guardian Awards.
The awards, which took place on 27 June in London, champion organisations and individuals who have demonstrated achievement in tackling antimicrobial resistance at a local, regional or national level, and highlight the continuous good work being carried out to support the key aims and goals of Antibiotic Guardian.
Rakhi Aggarwal, Senior Prescribing Adviser at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “Antimicrobial resistance poses a massive challenge to public health throughout the world; we decided to take action to raise awareness locally. Our project was specifically aimed at raising awareness among schoolchildren and university students, as these will be the future decision-makers and will be impacted by a future where antimicrobial resistance is a reality.
“Working with our partners: Aston University, Birmingham City Council and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, we ran a schools’ poster competition with 30 entries from across Birmingham, as well as organising co-ordinated activities as part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week with campaigns at a university campus, local hospital trust and GP practices.
“We are delighted to have received a highly commended honour in the Public Engagement category and will continue spreading our message in future by targeting students studying health-science degrees and running special interactive assemblies.”
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today, as without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous, such as setting broken bones, operations, chemotherapy and even animal health, all rely on access to antibiotics that work.
To slow resistance, the public, students and professional organisations are all being encouraged to become Antibiotic Guardians and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete by only using them when absolutely necessary.