MBE award for Anne Child

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Anne Child

Avante Care and Supports Head of Pharmaceutical Care and Clinical Standards collected an MBE award on Friday 13th February, for past services to dementia.

Avante Care and Support, a leading provider of residential dementia care and home care and support, across Kent and South East London, is delighted to congratulate Mrs Anne Child, who collected her MBE on Friday 13th February 2015 at Buckingham Palace.

Anne joined Avante Care and Support in 2012 as Head of Pharmaceutical Care and Clinical Standards and was granted the MBE in May 2014. The honour was given for services to people with dementia during Anne’s time as a Senior Medicines Management Prescribing Adviser, leading on Dementia and Mental Health, within NHS Kent and Medway, from 2011 to 2012.

Anne, who was joined by three of her family members, attended Buckingham Palace to collect the prestigious award on Friday.

Mark Lloyd, Managing Director Avante Care and Support said; “Avante Care and Support is incredibly lucky to have someone of the calibre of Anne as part of the team. Over the past two years as a knowledge specialist, she has transformed the way we think and act in the delivery of medication for people with dementia in registered care. Anne right now is helping shape and lead on our future dementia strategy and her passion and commitment to get the best outcomes for service users and their families is inspiring to see. I am personally delighted that Anne has been awarded the MBE which is well deserved.”

Anne has had a keen interest in Pharmacy since a young age and studied hard to understand the use of pharmaceuticals and a person’s requirements and needs.  Anne soon became interested in care of the elderly which finally lead her to care home medicine where she started to work on dementia care as a whole.

Anne Child said of the award; “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award in recognition for the work which includes, creating a new audit to track use of low dose antipsychotic drugs in dementia patients. It was a team effort of which I am enormously proud to have been a part of. I may have been awarded this honour but the unique supportive team without doubt made it all happen.

Improving the care of individuals in relation to managing low dose antipsychotic drug use in care homes, is the subject of the team’s paper in collaboration with Dr Ian Maidment, and remains an important area of research. Avante Care and Support continues to work in this area to make a real difference to the lives of those we care for and their families.”