New project on managing antimicrobial resistance launched

The Health Services Management Centre is launching a survey for health professionals today as part of a project to explore the tensions and challenges of managing the risk of antimicrobial resistance in everyday health care practice.

Recent NHS data suggests that while rates of antibiotic prescribing have continued to decline in primary care, rates have rapidly increased in secondary care during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project will look at how the balancing of risks of anti-microbial resistance vs. infection control is changing in this context, and how we can better support healthcare professionals.

This project forms part of the ‘Confronting Antimicrobial Resistance’ (CARe) theme in the Institute for Global Innovation at the University of Birmingham. The research team includes Dr Nicola Gale, Reader in Health Policy and Sociology, Health Services Management Centre; Matthew McKenna, Research Assistant and PhD Candidate in the Institute for Local Government; Prof Willem van Schaik, Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection, and Dr Abid Hussain, Associate Medical Director (Infection Control) at University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.