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​Medicines Optimisation team Highly Commended at HSJ Awards

Congratulations to our Medicines Optimisation team, which was Highly Commended at this year's HSJ Awards, held on Wednesday 21 November at the O2 arena in London.
The annual awards celebrate and recognise excellence in healthcare; showcasing and rewarding the outstanding contributions of staff and organisations.

NHS Southwark CCG was Highly Commended in the Optimisation of Medicines Management category, for work on pharmacist-led virtual clinics to improve rates of anticoagulation (blood clot prevention) treatment for the management of atrial fibrillation (a heart condition causing an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate) in general practice.

This project – a collaboration with King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Lambeth CCG – aimed to reduce the number of patients suffering strokes by identifying and treating those at highest risk, in line with national guidance.
GP practice staff were supported in this work through tailored meetings with specialist pharmacists, known as ‘virtual clinics’, which helped them decide which patients would benefit most from more focused treatment.
It’s estimated that this review of patients could help prevent up to 14 strokes every year, which would normally result in death or reduced quality of life.  
The CCG was also shortlisted, in the same HSJ Awards category, for its work on antimicrobial stewardship, which promotes the safe and effective use of antibiotics to treat infections and help tackle antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotics are essential to treating serious bacterial infections, but more people are taking them when they don’t need to – reducing their effectiveness and making infections harder to treat.
NHS Southwark CCG is working to keep antibiotics working and our GPs are leading by example, having issued 8% fewer prescriptions for antibiotics over the past 12 months. Read more about our work to tackle antibiotic resistance.
HSJ Award organisers received some 1,500 entries for this year’s awards, so to be nominated twice, and to be Highly Commended, is a significant achievement.
Find out more about the HSJ Awards and see the full list of shortlisted entries.



Pharmacists Tara Patel (left) and Ann-Dora Kwame (centre), and Dr Aparna Babu, local GP and Clinical Associate for Antimicrobial Stewardship (right)


Tara Patel (left), Dr Aparna Babu (centre) and Ann-Dora Kwame