NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in conjunction with NHS Calderdale CCG, NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, NHS Wakefield CCG, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire and the Infection Control Team for Kirklees and Wakefield, won the ‘Collaborative Stewardship’ award at the first ever Antibiotic Guardian Awards held in Birmingham on 12 May.
The group’s collaborative work, to raise awareness of the dangers of the overuse of antibiotics, was one of four nominations shortlisted for the awards which recognise achievement in tackling resistance to antibiotics. Its awareness campaign was judged as the winner by a panel of senior leaders working within the fields of health.
Antibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections in 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.
Dr David Kelly, a local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG said: “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.”
Healthcare professionals and members of the public across North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield have been signing up to support the campaign with both CCGs having some of the highest numbers of antibiotic guardians in England. You can sign up to become an ‘Antibiotic Guardian’ by choosing a simple pledge at http://antibioticguardian.com/