Antibiotic Awareness Campaign Wins Award
Our Infection Control Team have won the ‘Collaborative Stewardship’ award at the first ever Antibiotic Guardian Awards.
They worked with partners at Wakefield Council Infection Control, NHS North Kirklees CCG, NHS Calderdale CCG, NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, NHS Wakefield CCG, and Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire.
The group won the award for their work raising awareness of the dangers of the overuse of antibiotics. They were one of four groups shortlisted for the award.
The 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. However, they are increasingly losing their effectiveness. This is because bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic which means it no longer works. The more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it.
Cllr Viv Kendrick said:
“I am delighted that we have won this award. It shows that working together can be an extremely positive and productive way to get a message out to a huge number of people. Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat to our long term health so it’s important that we all learn when and how to use antibiotics responsibly.”
Find out more about Antibiotic Resistance
You can help raise awareness of this growing issue by signing up to become an ‘Antibiotic Guardian’. Visit the antibiotic Guardian website and choosing your pledge.