Published onMay 16 2019
The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) is delighted to be amongst the shortlisted organisations for the 4th international Antibiotic Guardian awards, for its Animal Medicines Best Practice Training Programme (AMBP).
Hosted by Public Health England, the awards recognise achievements to combat antimicrobial resistance across the world and will take place on June 27th in Birmingham.
NOAH’s AMBP programme, launched in July 2018, provides farmer training to support the responsible use of antibiotics across UK farms. It gives farmers and vets access to new resources, enabling a coordinated and consistent approach.
NOAH led the programme development, working in partnership with stakeholders from across the industry including farmers, vets, the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA), the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and leading academics, to create robust and trusted training for all those working in the sheep, dairy, beef and pig sectors.
Training modules are available for farmers to access directly through the Lantra e-learning platform. Vets are also able to access a resource centre through the platform, providing materials to enable them to deliver training to their clients. The materials satisfy both supply chain and farm assurance requirements, such as Red Tractor recommendations.
NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted, alongside the other excellent projects in the Animal health, Agricultural and Food Supply section of these awards. Such a strong group of activities up for this award demonstrates the commitment of the UK food supply chain to playing their part in the tackling the threat of antibiotic resistance.”
Lantra’s CEO, Marcus Potter commented:
“We are very pleased to be partnering NOAH in this important project which helps agriculture play a positive role in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Lantra brings its expertise in land-based training to the project and by using our e-learning platform we are able to make the training widely accessible to farmers. We are delighted that NOAH has been shortlisted for the Animal Health, Agricultural and Food Supply section of the Antibiotic Guardian Awards.
“We worked closely with industry to identify issues where quality assured training was part of the solution. By combining NOAH’s technical expertise with Lantra’s know-how in developing and delivering training, we’ve created a certified course that’s actively helping UK agriculture meet the challenges of managing antibiotics and we’re clearly delighted this has been recognised by the Guardian Awards.”
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. 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.
“It has been great to see a multipronged and multidisciplinary approach including infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship, surveillance as well as public and professional education and engagement efforts all of which are available to view on the shared-learning platform on Antibiotic Guardian website.”