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Professor Alison Holmes is the director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on AMR and HCAI, co-director of the National Centre of Infection Prevention and Control at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and an associate medical director at Imperial College, London and Public Health England. She is also a professor in infectious diseases at Imperial College, London.


Infectious diseases, infection prevention and control

Research & publications

Hospital epidemiology and infection prevention and control, including the field of antibiotic stewardship to address the threat of antibiotic resistance

Selected publications:

Charani E, Gharbi M, Hickson M, Othman S, Alfituri A, Frost G, Holmes A, 2015, Lack of weight recording in patients being administered narrow therapeutic index antibiotics: a prospective cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, April

Drumright LN, Frost SDW, Elliot AJ, Catchpole M, Pebody RG, Atkins M, Harrison J, Holmes A, 2015, Assessing the use of hospital staff influenza-like absence (ILA) for enhancing hospital preparedness and national surveillance, BMC Infectious Diseases. 31 March

Zingg W, Holmes A, Dettenkofer M, Goetting T, Secci F, Clack L, Allegranzi B, Magiorakos AP, Pittet D, Hospital organisation, management, and structure for prevention of health-care-associated infection: a systematic review and expert consensus )for the systematic review and evidence-based guidance on organization of hospital infection control programmes (SIGHT) study group), The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 15, No. 2, p212 - 224, February 2015.

Shah N, Castro-Sanchez E, Charani E, Drumright LN, Holmes AH, 2015, Towards changing healthcare workers' behaviour: a qualitative study exploring non-compliance through appraisals of infection prevention and control practices, The Journal of Hospital Infection, 25 February, Early Online publishing.

Castro-Sanchez E, Holmes AH, Impact of organizations on healthcare-associated infections, 2015, Journal of Hospital Infection, 6 February 2015.

Freeman R, Moore lSP, Charlett A, Donaldson H, Holmes AH, 2004 Exploring the epidemiology of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria in west London and the utility of routinely collected hospital microbiology data, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. December 2014.

King C, Aylin P, Holmes A, 2014, Converting incidence and prevalence data: an update to the rule, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. November.

Cooke J, Stephens P, Ashiru-Oredope D, Charani E, Dryden M, Fry C et al, 2014, Longitudinal trends and cross-sectional analysis of English national hospital antibacterial use over 5 years (2008-13): working towards hospital prescribing quality measures, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy October.

Moore LSP, Freeman R, Gilchrist MJ, Gharbi M, Brannigan ET, Donaldson H, Livermore DM, Holmes AH, 2014, Homogeneity of antimicrobial policy, yet heterogeneity of antimicrobial resistance: antimicrobial non-susceptibility among 108717 clinical isolates from primary, secondary and tertiary care patients in London, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, August.

Tamma PD, Holmes A, Ashley ED, 2014, Antimicrobial stewardship: another focus for patient safety? Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases, August.

Abbara A, Brooks T, Taylor GP, Nolan M, Donaldson H, Manikon M, Holmes A, 2014, Lessons for Control of Heroin-Associated Anthrax in Europe from 2009-2010 Outbreak Case Studies, London, UK, Emerging Infectious Diseases, July.

Head MG, Fitchett JR, Holmes AH, Atun R, 2014, Funding healthcare-associated infection research: a systematic analysis of UK research investments, 1997-2010, Journal of Hospital Infection, June.

Charani E, Castro-Sanchez E, Holmes A, 2014, The Role of Behavior Change in Antimicrobial Stewardship, Infectious Disease Clinics of North America, June.

Dyar OJ, Castro-Sanchez E, Holmes AH, 2014,What makes people talk about antibiotics on social media? A retrospective analysis of Twitter use, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, May

Kyratsis Y, Ahmad R, Hatzaras K, Iwami M, Holmes A, 2014, Making sense of evidence in management decisions: the role of research-based knowledge on innovation adoption and implementation in health care, Health Services and Delivery Research, March.

Charani E, Castro-Sanchez E, Moore LSP, Holmes A, 2014, Do smartphone applications in healthcare require a governance and legal framework? It depends on the application! BMC Medicine, February.

Ascough S, Ingram RJ, Abarra A, Holmes AJ, Maillere B, Altmann DM, Boyton RJ, 014, Injectional anthrax infection due to heroin use induces strong immunological memory, Journal of Infection. February.

Castro-Sanchez E, Charani E, Drumright LN, Sevdalis N, Shah N, Holmes AH, 2014, Fragmentation of Care Threatens Patient Safety in Peripheral Vascular Catheter Management in Acute Care- A Qualitative Study, PLoS One, January.

King C, Aylin P, Moore LSP, Pavlu J, Holmes, A, 2014, Syndromic Surveillance of Surgical Site Infections - A Case Study in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patients, Journal of Infection.

Huttner A, Harbarth S, Carlet J, Cosgrove S, Goossens H, Holmes A, Jarlier V, Voss A, Pittet D, 2013, Antimicrobial resistance: a global view from the 2013 World Healthcare-Associated Infections Forum, Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, November.

Westwood J, Burnett M, Spratt D, Ball M, Wilson DJ et al, 2013, The hospital microbiome project: meeting report for the UK science and innovation network UK-USA workshop 'beating the superbugs: hospital microbiome studies for tackling antimicrobial resistance' Standards in Genomic Sciences, October.

Muir D, Chow Y, Tedder R, Smith D, Harrison J, Holmes A, 2013, Transmission of Hepatitis C From a Midwife to a Patient Through Non-Exposure Prone Procedures, A. Journal of Medical Virology, October.

Moore LSP, Donaldson H, Thomas CP, Brannigan, E, Holmes AH, 2013, Investigating increasingly complex resistance in Enterobacteriaceae & Pseudomonas aeruginosa in critical care, Journal of Infection, October.

Head MG, Fitchett JR, Cooke MK, Wurie FB, Atun R, Hayward AC, Holmes A, Johnson AP, Woodford N, 2013, Systematic analysis of funding awarded for antimicrobial resistance research to institutions in the UK, 1997-2010, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, September.

Charani E, Holmes A, 2013, Antimicrobial stewardship programmes: the need for wider engagement, BMJ Quality & Safety. August.

Castro-Sanchez E, Holmes A, 2013, International Implementation of WHO's Hand Hygiene Strategy, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, August.

Freeman R, Charlett A, Hopkins S, O'Connell AM, Freed J, Andrews N, Holmes A, Catchpole M, 2013, Evaluation of a national microbiological surveillance system to inform automated outbreak detection, Journal of Infection, July.