The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been shortlisted in two categories in the fourth international Antibiotic Guardian Award.
Nicola Walker has been shortlisted for the Das Pillay Antimicrobial Stewardship Memorial Award and the Trust has also been shortlisted for the Diagnostic Stewardship Award for Influenza point of care testing.
The awards - hosted by Public Health England - champion organisations and individuals who have demonstrated achievement in tackling antimicrobial resistance at a local, regional, national or international level.
Nicola, who works in our antimicrobial stewardship team, earned her nomination through her work in the last year to improve the care of patients on home intravenous (IV) antibiotics.
She said: “I joined the team initially on a one year contract to support with quality improvement projects and develop the home IV antibiotic service.
“We updated procedures and spent time educating the various teams in the Trust, and this has had a number of positive effects including reduced time for pharmacy to turnaround take home medication and improved ward understanding of the process. The number of home IV discharges across the Trust has increased by 12% in a year, which in turn has assisted patient flow and helped to free up ward staff.”
All of these results have been achieved as a direct result of the introduction of Nicola in her role as Specialist Pharmacy Technician and have led to the creation of a permanent post, connecting hospital pharmacy and community services.
Nicola said: “I’m thrilled that we have seen such great results in just one year and to be recognised for this at these awards is amazing. I’m very proud to be representing the Trust and have the opportunity to showcase the work we have done.”
The second award the Trust has been shortlisted for is the Diagnostic Stewardship award, in recognition of the fantastic work around the flu point of care testing project - a collaboration between Pharmacy, Microbiology, the Point of Care Testing team, A&E and Infection Prevention and Control - which improved the treatment of patients with flu over the last two winters.
Antibiotic resistance is a global health threat that we all have a role in tackling. To meet this challenge, the Antibiotic Guardian campaign urges healthcare professionals to take one of a number of pledges to drive down inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. Over the years the awards have recognised a host of health professionals from the fields of human health, animal health, and the food supply chain as well as members of the public, highlighting the collaboration and engagement from the various sectors.
Speaking about the Awards, Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Lead for the Antibiotic Guardian campaign, said: “The Antibiotic Guardian awards are an excellent opportunity to champion organisations and individuals who have supported the Antibiotic Guardian campaign and have enacted change to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest global public health threats we face.”
The winners will be announced at an event in Solihul on Thursday 27 June. Good luck.
Notes to editors
- The full shortlist for the awards can be found at https://antibioticresistance.co.uk/shortlist
- Antibiotic Guardian information - https://antibioticguardian.com/2019-awards/