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Dr Emma Roe, NAMRIP lead for AMR theme 4, spearheads a range of dynamic collaborations

Published: 27 January 2016
Research has found infections drastically reduced by rigorously adhering to correct handwashing

A workshop, formulated around AMR Theme 4, 'Behaviour within and beyond the health care setting, attracted a mix of PhD students, Early Career Researchers, PIs and Clinicians from the NAMRIP network.

Tea coffee and Danish pastries helped fuel the lively discussions and brisk time management meant that there was plenty of room for Q&A and networking as well as three thought provoking research presentations.

Theme 4 topics include:Epidemiology | Infection | prevention practices | Screening | Telemedicine | Water and food safety


The presentations for the meeting followed a welcome by Dr Emma Roe and an update by Professor Tim Leighton, Chair of NAMRIP, on the latest developments and initiatives in the NAMRIP Network. Then came a riveting account of how an App, invented by NAMRIP member, Kieran Hand, Consultant Pharmacist at University Hospital Southampton, cut antibiotic prescribing by 50% among the doctors who used it. There was a lively discussion of  how this might be taken forward and developed further through the basic research idea: 'Concept of risk in infection management and its impact upon antibiotic prescribing patterns'.

The second topic was from the team from the Centre for Applications of Health Psychology (CAHP) based in the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Science at the University. NAMRIP members, Sascha Miller, studying for  her PhD, and psychology research fellow, Dr Ben Ainsworth,  presented the team's work on behavioural interventions that can reduce and prevent infection (available below). In 2015 the group published a paper in The Lancet : 'An internet-delivered handwashing intervention to modify influenza-like illness and respiratory infection transmission (PRIMIT): a primary care randomised trial'.

The third presentation was by Emma Roe, who is a Cultural Geographer, and Dr Jacqui Prieto, from the Faculty of Health Sciences, a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Infection Prevention. They are planning a project which will involve studying health professionals' care practices in relation to individual understandings of infection risk and microbial mobility.







Notes for editors

If you are interested in this or any other research themes covered by NAMRIP, or would like to join the network, please get in touch by emailing Yvonne Richardson ( or Frances Clarke (

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