Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Professor of Infectious Diseases



+44 (0)20 3313 1283alison.holmes




Hammersmith HospitalHammersmith Campus





Alison Holmes is a Professor of Infectious Diseases and Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Professor Holmes is the Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance. Together with Public Health England Lead Alan Johnson, Professor Holmes directs the work of 4 themes: Applied molecular bacteriology, Applied data linkage, syndromic surveillance and modelling,  Innovations in behaviour change, technology and patient safety to improve infection prevention and antimicrobial use and Organisational change, health economics, sustainability and evaluation. The HPRU, which was established on 1 April 2014, is a partnership between Imperial College London, Public Health England, Cambridge University Veterinary School, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Imperial College Health Partners North West London Academic Health Science Network.

Alison is also Co-Director of the UKCRC funded National Centre for Infection Prevention and Management.

Alison graduated from Cambridge and London. Following work in communicable diseases in Oxford, she won a Glaxo training fellowship in Infectious Diseases which she completed in Boston and also obtained a Masters in Public Health at Harvard. She established and developed the syllabus for the MSc in Infection Management for Pharmacists in the UK, which she now co-runs. She is author of numerous papers and book chapters and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Hospital Infection and the International Journal of Health and Human Rights.

Alison has served on a secondment to the Department of Health as a National Clinical Champion and advisor on reducing hospital acquired infection, and is a member of various national strategy committees. She serves on several other national committees on antibiotic prescribing, education and surveillance. She is an expert member on the Governmental Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) and is a programme leader at the Centre for Patient Safety & Service Quality.



Davey P, Brown E, Charani E, et al., Interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices for hospital inpatients., Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, ISSN:1469-493X

Micallef C, Kildonavaciute K, Castro Sanchez EM, et al., Patient and public understanding and knowledge of antimicrobial resistance and stewardship: should public campaigns change focus?, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, ISSN:1460-2091

Rawson TM, Moore LSP, Gilchrist MJ, et al., Antimicrobial stewardship: are we failing in cross-specialty clinical engagement?, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, ISSN:1460-2091


Birgand, Castro Sanchez EM, Moore LSP, et al., Blogging in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology: Checking-up infection blogs in the blogosphere, RICAI 2015

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