NHS North Kirklees CCG’s work to raise awareness of the dangers of antibiotic resistance has been shortlisted for two categories at the Antibiotic Guardian Annual Awards. The awards champion those organisations and individuals who have demonstrated achievement in tackling resistance to antibiotics at a local, regional or a national level.
Antibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections in both humans and animals, but they are increasingly losing their effectiveness. Bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic so that the antibiotic no longer works. The more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it.
The ‘Community’ category of the awards recognises the CCG’s work with the local Muslim community via radio and face-to-face conversations to raise awareness about excessive use of antibiotics. As a direct result of these engagements, the antibiotic prescribing across North Kirklees has decreased by 8% when comparing October – December 2015 to the same period in 2014.
Dr David Kelly, Chair of North Kirklees CCG and a local GP said: “Antibiotics should only be taken as prescribed and never saved for later or shared with others. There are very few new antibiotics in development, which is why it is important existing antibiotics are used wisely and these life-saving medicines continue to stay effective for ourselves and future generations.”
Additionally, the collective group including NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, NHS North Kirklees CCG, NHS Calderdale CCG, NHS Wakefield CCG, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire and the Kirklees and Wakefield Council Infection Prevention and Control Team have been shortlisted in the ‘Collaborative Stewardship’ category of the awards.
Dr Steve Ollerton, Clinical Leader of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and local GP said: “I hope that joint working across organisations will lead to even more awareness of this campaign and encourage more people to do their part to help reduce antibiotic resistance. It is important to use antibiotics in the right way – the right dose, at the right time for the right duration.”
The national Antibiotic Guardian campaign aims to raise awareness and educate both health care professionals and members of the public about the risks of antibiotic resistance and to change behaviours around antibiotic use.
Healthcare professionals and members of the public across Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees have been signing up to support the campaign with both CCGs having some of the highest number of antibiotic guardians in England. You can sign up to become an ‘Antibiotic Guardian’ by choosing a simple pledge at http://antibioticguardian.com/.
The finalists will find out if they have won at the first Antibiotic Guardian Awards on 12 May 2016 in Birmingham.