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Antibiotic Guardian Awards 2019 – Winners and commended


Antimicrobial Resistance under the microscope at international awards

Awards celebrating global fight against antimicrobial resistance


Birmingham, June 27th, 2019: The fourth inaugural Antibiotic Guardian awards took place last night to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals across UK and abroad in tackling antimicrobial resistance. These awards form part of the ongoing Antibiotic Guardian campaign which is led by Public Health England in collaboration with UK devolved administrations and professional bodies.

The Antibiotic Guardian campaign aims to increase commitment and raise awareness among the public and healthcare professionals about how we can slow the development of resistant bacteria and cut overuse and unnecessary use of antibiotics. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous.

As part of the campaign, groups including students and educators, farmers, veterinary and medical, nursing and pharmacy communities and professional organisations can all sign up to become Antibiotic Guardians.

The evening, co-organised by 4 All of Us, was attended by healthcare organisations across England, Scotland, Wales, Europe & Asia, who had all submitted entries and then shortlisted for their achievements in work to help combat antibiotic resistance and protect antibiotic usage. Award categories included Animal Health, Community Engagement, Diagnostics, Innovation, Prescribing and Research. Chief Veterinary Officer for the UK, Christine Middlemiss, was honorary guest for the evening on hand to present the awards alongside Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope (Lead for the Antibiotic Guardian campaign and Lead Pharmacist for the AMR Programme at Public Health England)

Winners on the night included Mid Essex Hospitals Services NHS Trust for their behaviour change approach to antimicrobial stewardship,  NHS Wales Informatics who scooped the Innovation & Technology award for their IT platform in community pharmacies in Wales to support an NHS funded sore throat test and treat service. University of Birmingham collected the award for best research project for their BactiVac, a network to support the study, development and implementation of bacterial vaccines to address the global AMR challenge.

Alongside these other notable winners were Kite Consulting who picked up the Animal Health, Agriculture & Food Supply Award for their Antibiotic Monitoring and Reduction Programme – a cross industry project to drive down antibiotic usage in dairy cattle in the UK. International winners on the night included Sociedad Española de Microbiologia who were recognised for their public engagement work on a citizen science project examining Antibiotic discovery and raising awareness. There were three winning teams from Scotland, and the healthcare student of the year award was won by Issaya Mbwilo from Tanzania


Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Lead for the Antibiotic Guardian campaign, said:


“The Antibiotic Guardian awards are an excellent opportunity for us to champion organisations and individuals who have demonstrated achievement in their work to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest global public health threats we face. These awards have highlighted the wealth of fantastic work taking place across the country. I’d like to personally congratulate all the nominees and winners for their contributions. At Public Health England we will continue to support and work with partners across the health system to tackle antimicrobial resistance.”


List of winners and highly commended / commended

Animal health, Agriculture and Food Supply- Sponsored by AB Agri

Winner- Kite Consulting

Highly Commended- ForFarmers

Commended- Pruex


Children & Family

Winner- NHS Orkney

Highly Commended- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Commended- South Gloucestershire Council


Community Communications

Winner- NHS Grampian


Diagnostics- Sponsored by Abbott

Winner- Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Highly Commended- Schwabe Pharma


Infection Prevention and Control- Sponsored by MPH Packaging

Winner- Health Protection Scotland


Innovation- Sponsored by ABPI

Winner- NHS Wales Informatics Service

Highly Commended- Public Health Agency

Highly Commended- University Hospital Southampton NHS FT


Prescribing & Stewardship

Winner- Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Highly Commended- Wirral University Teaching Hospitals

Commended- East and North Herts CCG


Public Engagement

Winner- Sociedad Española de Microbiologia

Highly Commended- Gloucestershire County Council

Commended- University of Reading, Department of Typography & Graphic Communication

Commended- University of Oxford


Research- sponsored by The AMR Centre

Winner- University of Birmingham

Winner- University of Bristol

Highly Commended- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Student of the Year

Winner- Issaya Mbwilo – Tanzania Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (TAPSA)

Highly Commended- Julie Arnott – University College Cork


Das Pillay Memorial Antimicrobial Stewardship Award

Winner- David Oliver Hamilton, Doctor, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Highly Commended- Nicola Walker, Pharmacy Technician, Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust



  1. You can find out more about the Antibiotic Guardian awards via Twitter using #AntibioticGuardian  and #AntibioticGuardianAwards
  2. Photos available upon request


Click here to view the AG Awards 2019 – Programme including the short-listed entries


Posters from the short-listed entries for 2019 Antibiotic Guardian Awards