IAPPHypothesis: Infection prevention and prescribing behaviours can be improved through a patient safety perspective, behavioural approaches, patient involvement and the appropriate design of technologies


We consider healthcare associated infection and antimicrobial resistance to be key patient safety issues in today’s healthcare. Our strategy for this research theme, therefore, draws on our expertise and experience in patient safety as well as our experience of studying and improving the use of antimicrobials and reducing healthcare associated infection. We will adopt and adapt approaches used in medication safety (focusing on avoidance of error) as well as those typically used in infection management (focusing on appropriate antimicrobial prescribing). Our collaborations in this theme bring strengths in understanding behaviour change, non-technical healthcare skills (teamwork, communication) designing safer systems and processes, the use of information to drive quality and safety, the use of checklists, the involvement of patients in their own safety, and importantly, the study of unintended consequences of interventions.

2 column general content block - Innovation in behaviour change

Professor Bryony Dean Franklin

Professor Bryony Dean Franklin


Professor of Medication Safety and Director of the Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality, a joint initiative between UCL School of Pharmacy and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT).  Bryony’s research encompasses medication safety, evaluation of technology relating to medication, use of anti-infectives and patient adherence, using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Further information on Professor Franklin

Professor Susan Hopkins

Professor Susan Hopkins


Healthcare Epidemiologist, Public Health England. Professor Hopkins' main research interests are healthcare associated infections, antimicrobial stewardship and bone and joint infections.

Further information on Professor Hopkins

Theme members