Pennine Pharmacy Service shortlisted for two national awards - HSJ Value Awards and Antibiotic Guardian Awards

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Pennine Pharmacy Service shortlisted for two national awards - HSJ Value Awards and Antibiotic Guardian Awards
04 May 2016

A SERVICE which has improved the prescribing practices of antimicrobials has been shortlisted in the Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation category in the prestigious HSJ Value in Healthcare awards.

The same service has also been shortlisted for the first ever Antibiotic Guardian Awards in the Innovation category.

The project aimed to improve the prescribing practices of antimicrobials and subsequently promote good antimicrobial stewardship within our Trust by the introduction of novel functionalities into our electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) system.

The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. The winners will be announced at the HSJ Congress event on 24th May in Manchester. 

The Antibiotic Guardian Awards take place on Thursday May 12th. This is the first ever event and the awards were set up to champion those organisations and individuals who have demonstrated achievement in tackling antimicrobial resistance at a local, regional or national level.

Mark Livingstone, Head of Pharmacy at the Royal Oldham Hospital said:

“These award nominations are warmly welcomed as recognition of the successful introduction of a Trustwide electronic prescribing and medicine administration system, which along with its implementation, has provided an opportunity to enhance prescribing decision support to all inpatients at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

“This decision support for prescribers and nursing staff is now able to be consistently provided at every prescribing opportunity, providing improved patient safety and reducing risks from adverse events. Improved information for all healthcare professionals involved in medicine related activities is also greatly welcomed.”

Pictured left to right: Zack Fang, Consultant Microbiologist; Emma Hughes, Senior Clinical Pharmacist (Antimicrobials); Dimitrios Mermerelis, Microbiology Registrar; Vinutha Siddaraju, Microbiology Registrar; Joel Paul, Consultant Virologist; Charlotte Brookfield, Microbiology Registrar; Ivor Cartmill, Consultant Microbiologist; Shuk In (Anita) Ho, ePMA Pharmacy System Manager and Clinical Pharmacist; Mark Livingstone, Head of Pharmacy