Publications from HIS funded research or fellowships


Watkin S, Cloutman-Green E, Kiernan M, Ciric L. Trends in viable microbial bioburden on surfaces within a paediatric bone marrow transplant unit (2024). J Hosp Infect. April 13 2024.


Hanley, S.J., Jones, A.B., Baxter, E., Sharkey, D., Gray, J. and Walker K.F Implementation of Public Health England Infection Prevention and Control Guidance in Maternity Units in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (2022). J Hosp Infect. May 15, 2022. link

Hanley, S.J., Raybould, G., Baxter, E., Gray, J., Sharkey, D., and Walker K.F. Maternity services response to the COVID-19 pandemic: how Public Health England guidance was implemented in practice. May 14, 2022, link


Kümin M, Jones CI, Woods A, Bremner S , Reed M, Scarborough M and Harper CM. Resistant fabric warming is a viable alternative to forced-air warming to prevent inadvertent perioperative hypothermia during hemiarthroplasty in the elderly J Hosp Infect. 2021 Dec;118:79-86. DOI:10.1016/j.jhin.2021.10.005 Test link

Burns J, McCoy CP and Irwin NJ. Synergistic activity of weak organic acids against uropathogens. J Hosp Infect 2021 Feb: 111: 78-88 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2021.01.024 Test link

Burns J, McCoy CP and Irwin NJ. Weak organic acid synergy towards the prevention of catheter blockages. J Hosp Infect 2021 Feb: 111:69-77 DOI:10.1016/j.jhin.2021.01.025 Test link

Fennelly M, O’Connor DJ, Hellebast S, Murphy N, Casey C, Eustace J, Plant BJ, Sodeau J and Prentice MB. Effectiveness of a plasma treatment device on microbial air quality in a hospital ward, monitored by culture. J Hosp Infect 2021 Feb: 108 : 109-112 DOI:10.1016/j.jhin.2020.11.006 Test link

Gannon H, Chimhuya S, Chimhini G, Neal SR, Shaw LP, Crehan C, Hull-Bailey T, Ferrand RA, Klein N, Sharland M, Cortino Borja M, Robertson V, Heys M and Fitzgerald FC. Electronic application to improve management of infections in low-income neonatal units: pilot implementation of the NeoTree beta app in a public sector hospital in Zimbabwe. BMJ Open Qual 2021 Jan;10(1):e001043. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2020-001043.

Fennelly M, Keane J, Dolan L, Plant BJ, O’Connor D, Sodeau J and Prentice MB. Containment of Procedure-Associated Aerosols by an Extractor Tent: effect on nebulised drug particle dispersal. J Hosp Infect 2021 Jan DOI:10.1016/j.jhin.2021.01.009 Test link


Herbeć A, Chimhini G, Rosenberg-Pacareu J, Sithole K, Rickli F, Chumhuya S, Manyau S, Walker AS, Klein N, Lorencatto F and Fitzgerald FC. Barriers and facilitators to infection prevention and control in a neonatal unit in Zimbabwe – a theory-driven qualitative study to inform design of a behaviour change intervention J Hosp Infect. 2020 Dec: 106 (4): 804-811, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.09.020 Test link

Poller B, Lynch C, Ramsden R, Jessop K, Evans C, Tweed K, Drew and Bates C. Laundering single-use gowns in the event of critical shortage: experience of a UK acute trust. J Hosp Infect 2020 Nov: 106 (3): 629 – 630 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.08.017 Test link

Hutchins CF, Moore G, Webb J and Walker JT. Investigating alternative materials to EPDM for automatic taps in the context of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and biofilm control. J Hosp Infect. 2020 Nov: 106 (3): 429-435, DOI:10.1016/j.jhin.2020.09.013 Test link

Lynch C , Mahida N and Gray J. Antimicrobial stewardship: a COVID casualty? J Hosp Infect 2020 Oct : 106 (3): 401 – 403: DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.10.002 Test link

Lynch C , Mahida N, Oppenheim B and Gray J. Washing our hands of the problem J Hosp Infect 2020 Oct: 104 (4): 401 – 403. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.03.010 Test link

Lynch C, Choudhari K, Townsend R, Whittaker S and Bates C. What is going on in your hospital? Use of a non-sterile shampoo cap in neurosurgery. J Hosp Infect 2020 July 105 (3), 585 – 586. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.04.025 Test link

Prescott K, Baxter E, Lynch C, Jassal S, Bashir A and Gray J. COVID-19: how prepared are front-line healthcare workers in England? J Hosp Infect 2020 June:105 (2), 142 – 145 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.04.031 Test link

Chimhini G, Chimhuya S, Madzudzo L, Heys M, Crehan C, Robertson V, Ferrand RA, Sado B, Sharland M, Walker AS, Klein and Fitzgerald FC. Auditing use of antibiotics in Zimbabwean neonates. Infect Prev Pract 2020; 2(2). DOI: 10.1016/j.infpip.2020.100046

Fears C, Mahida N, Oppenheim B, Lynch C and Gray J. 1. Journal of Hospital Infection moves to Article-Based Publishing. J Hosp Infect 2020 May:105 (1): A1 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.04.039 Test link



Kümin M, Deery J, Turney S, Price C, Vinayakam P, Smith A, Filippa A, Wilkinson-Guy L, Moore F, O'Sullivan M, Dunbar M, Gaylard J, Newman J, Harper CM, Minney D, Parkin C, Mew L, Pearce O, Third K, Shirley H, Reed M, Jefferies L, Hewitt-Gray J, Scarborough C, Lambert D, Jones CI, Bremner S, Fatz D, Perry N, Costa M and Scarborough M. Reducing Implant Infection in Orthopaedics (RIIiO): Results of a pilot study comparing the influence of forced air and resistive fabric warming technologies on postoperative infections following orthopaedic implant surgery. J Hosp Infect. 2019 Dec: 103 (4): 412 – 419, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2019.08.019 Test link

Lynch C , Mahida N, Oppenheim B and Gray J. Looking back on 2019 and commemorating 40 years of HIS and JHI. J Hosp Infect, 2019 Dec 104(1) 1 – 3. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2019.11.024 Test link

Wiley E, Smith C, Thakerar J, Wilson P. Preventing Escherichia coli bacteraemia through improved community urinary tract infection (UTI) management: use of the TARGET Uncomplicated UTI audit tool in primary care. J Hosp Infect. 2019 Oct;103(2):172-173. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2019.04.018. Test link

Omar F, Khan A, Wilson P, Montanheiro K, Taylor I, Wiley E. Preventing Escherichia coli bacteraemia through optimized hospital hydration: an inpatient survey on drinks consumption on care of elderly wards. J Hosp Infect. 2019 Oct;103(2):170-171.DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2019.03.011. Test link

Mawer D, Byrne F, Drake S, Brown C, Prescott A, Warne B, Bousfield R, Skittrall JP, Ramsay I, Somasunderam D, Bevan M, Coslett J, Rao J, Stanley P, Kennedy A, Dobson R, Long S, Obisanya T, Esmailji T, Petridou C, Saeed K, Brechany K, Davis-Blue K, O'Horan H, Wake B, Martin J, Featherstone J, Hall C, Allen J, Johnson G, Hornigold C, Amir N, Henderson K, McClements C, Liew I, Deshpande A, Vink E, Trigg D, Guilfoyle J, Scarborough M, Scarborough C, Wong TN, Walker T, Fawcett N, Morris G, Tomlin K, Grix C, O'Cofaigh E, McCaffrey D, Cooper M, Corbett K, French K, Harper S, Hayward C, Reid M, Whatley V, Winfield J, Hoque S, Kelly L, King I, Bradley A, McCullagh B, Hibberd C, Merron M, McCabe C, Horridge S, Taylor J, Koo S, Elsanousi F, Saunders R, Lim F, Bond A, Stone S, Milligan ID, Mack DJ, Nagar A, West RM, Wilcox MH, Kirby A, Sandoe JA. Cross-sectional study of the prevalence, causes and management of hospital-onset diarrhoea. J Hosp Infect. 2019 May 8. pii: S0195-6701(19)30192-6. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2019.05.001.Test link

Berry C, Davies K, Woodford N, Wilcox and Chilton C. Survey of screening methods, rates and policies for the detection of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in English hospitals. J Hosp Infect 2019 Feb: 101(2):158 – 162, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.08.005 Test link


Poller B, Tunbridge A, Hall S, Beadsworth M, Jacobs M, Peters E, Schmid ML, Sykes A, Poran V, Gent N, Evans C, Crook B; High Consequence Infectious Diseases Project Working Group. A unified personal protective equipment ensemble for clinical response to possible high consequence infectious diseases: A consensus document on behalf of the HCID programme. J Infect. 2018 Dec;77(6):496-502: doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2018.08.016.

Bevan ER., McNally A., Thomas CM., Piddock LJV, Hawkey, P. M. Acquisition and Loss of CTX-M-Producing and Non-Producing Escherichia coli in the Fecal Microbiome of Travelers to South Asia. mBio. Nov/Dec 2018:9(6):e02408-18. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02408-18.

Kümin M, Harper CM, Reed M, Bremner S, Perry N, Scarborough M. Reducing Implant Infection in Orthopaedics (RIIiO): a pilot study for a randomised controlled trial comparing the influence of forced air versus resistive fabric warming technologies on postoperative infection rates following orthopaedic implant surgery in adults. Trials. 2018 Nov 19;19(1):640. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-3011-y.

Ledwoch K, Dancer SJ, Otter JA, Kerr K, Roposte D, Rushton L, Weiser R, Mahenthiralingam E, Muir DD, Maillard JY. Beware biofilm! Dry biofilms containing bacterial pathogens on multiple healthcare surfaces; a multi-centre study. J Hosp Infect. 2018 Nov;100(3):e47-e56. doi Test link

Wesgate R, Robertson A, Barrell M, Maillard JY. Impact of test protocols and material binding on antimicrobial wipes efficacy. J Hosp Infect. 2018 Sep 28.pii: S0195-6701(18)30507-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.09.016. Test link

Poller B, Hall S, Bailey C, Gregory S, Clark R, Roberts P, Tunbridge A, Poran V, Crook B, Evans C. 'VIOLET': a fluorescence-based simulation exercise for training healthcare workers in the use of personal protective equipment. J Hosp Infect. 2018 Jun;99(2):229-235. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.01.021. Test link

Hall S, Poller B, Bailey C, Gregory S, Clark R, Roberts P, Tunbridge A, Poran V, Evans C, Crook B. Use of ultraviolet-fluorescence-based simulation in evaluation of personal protective equipment worn for first assessment and care of a patient with suspected high-consequence infectious disease. J Hosp Infect. 2018 Jun;99(2):218-228. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.01.002Test link



Toleman MS, Watkins ER, Williams T, Blane B, Sadler B, Harrison EM, Coll F, Parkhill J, Nazareth B, Brown NM, Peacock SJ. Investigation of a Cluster of
Sequence Type 22 Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Transmission in a Community Setting. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 29;65(12):2069-2077. doi:10.1093/cid/cix539.

Coll F, Harrison EM, Toleman MS, Reuter S, Raven KE, Blane B, Palmer B, Kappeler ARM, Brown NM, Török ME, Parkhill J, Peacock SJ. Longitudinal genomic
surveillance of MRSA in the UK reveals transmission patterns in hospitals and the community. Sci Transl Med. 2017 Oct 25;9(413). pii: eaak9745. doi:

Hutchins CF, Moore G, Thompson KA, Webb J, Walker JT. Contamination of hospital tap water: the survival and persistence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on conventional and 'antimicrobial' outlet fittings. J Hosp Infect. 2017 Oct;97(2):156-161. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2017.06.005.Test link

Hogan S, Zapotoczna M, Stevens NT, Humphreys H, O'Gara JP, O'Neill E. Potential use of targeted enzymatic agents in the treatment of Staphylococcus
aureus biofilm-related infections. J Hosp Infect. 2017 Jun;96(2):177-182. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2017.02.008.Test link

Zapotoczna M, Forde É, Hogan S, Humphreys H, O'Gara JP, Fitzgerald-Hughes D, Devocelle M, O'Neill E. Eradication of Staphylococcus aureus Biofilm Infections Using Synthetic Antimicrobial Peptides. J Infect Dis. 2017 Mar 15;215(6):975-983. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jix062.



van Kleef E, Deeny SR, Jit M, Cookson B, Goldenberg SD, Edmunds WJ, Robotham JV. The projected effectiveness of Clostridium difficile vaccination as part of an integrated infection control strategy. Vaccine. 2016 Nov 4;34(46):5562-5570. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.09.046.

Harrison EM, Ludden C, Brodrick HJ, Blane B, Brennan G, Morris D, Coll F, Reuter S, Brown NM, Holmes MA, O'Connell B, Parkhill J, Török ME, Cormican M,
Peacock SJ. Transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in long-term care facilities and their related healthcare networks. Genome Med. 2016 Oct 3;8(1):102. doi: 10.1186/s13073-016-0353-5

Mahida N, Boswell T. Control of carbapenemase-producing organsims: complexities of 'real-life' and what is the best method of terminal room disinfection? J Hosp Infect. 2016 Nov ;94(3):254-255. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.07.019.Test link

Hogan S, Zapotoczna M, Stevens NT, Humphreys H, O'Gara JP, O'Neill E. Eradication of Staphylococcus aureus Catheter-Related Biofilm Infections Using
ML:8 and Citrox. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 Sep 23;60(10):5968-75. doi:10.1128/AAC.00910-16.

Mahida N, Boswell T. Non-slip socks: a potential reservoir for transmitting multidrug-resistant organisms in hospitals? J Hosp Infect. 2016 Nov;94(3):273-275. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.06.018. Test link

Joseph A, Mahida N. Antimicrobial stewardship in secondary care: what are we trying to achieve? J Hosp Infect. 2016 Aug;93(4):392-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.06.003. Test link

Mahida N, Clarke M, Jabeen F. Management of an influenza A outbreak on an acute internal medicine ward. J Hosp Infect. 2016 Oct;94(2):154-5. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2016.06.004.Test link

Toleman MS, Reuter S, Coll F, Harrison EM, Peacock SJ. Local Persistence of Novel MRSA Lineage after Hospital Ward Outbreak, Cambridge, UK, 2011-2013. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Sep;22(9):1658-9. doi: 10.3201/eid2209.151100.

Wesgate R, Rauwel G, Criquelion J, Maillard JY. Impact of standard test protocols on sporicidal efficacy. J Hosp Infect. 2016 Jul;93(3):256-62. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2016.03.018.Test link

Toleman MS, Reuter S, Coll F, Harrison EM, Blane B, Brown NM, Török ME, Parkhill J, Peacock SJ. Systematic Surveillance Detects Multiple Silent
Introductions and Household Transmission of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus USA300 in the East of England. J Infect Dis. 2016 Aug 1;214(3):447-53. oi: 10.1093/infdis/jiw166.

Beal A, Mahida N, Staniforth K, Vaughan N, Clarke M, Boswell T. First UK trial of Xenex PX-UV, an automated ultraviolet room decontamination device in a clinical haematology and bone marrow transplantation unit. J Hosp Infect. 2016 Jun;93(2):164-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.03.016. Test link

Workman DG, Hunter M , Dover LG, Tétard D. Synthesis of novel Iron(III) chelators based on triaza macrocycle backbone and 1-hydroxy-2(H)-pyridin-2-one coordinating groups and their evaluation as antimicrobial agents. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 2016 Apr; 160: 49-58. doi: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2016.04.018. 

Hogan S, Zapotoczna M, Stevens NT, Humphreys H, O'Gara JP, O'Neill E. In Vitro Approach for Identification of the Most Effective Agents for Antimicrobial Lock Therapy in the Treatment of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections Caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 Apr 22;60(5):2923-31. doi: 10.1128/AAC.02885-15.

Reuter S, Török ME, Holden MT, Reynolds R, Raven KE, Blane B, Donker T, Bentley SD, Aanensen DM, Grundmann H, Feil EJ, Spratt BG, Parkhill J, Peacock SJ. Building a genomic framework for prospective MRSA surveillance in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Genome Res. 2016 Feb;26(2):263-70. doi: 10.1101/gr.196709.115. . Erratum in: Genome Res. 2017 Sep;27(9):1622.

Yiannakis EP, Boswell TC. Systematic review of outbreaks of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia: evidence that P. jirovecii is a transmissible organism and the implications for healthcare infection control. J Hosp Infect. 2016 May;93(1):1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.01.01 Test link


Hogan S, Stevens NT, Humphreys H, O'Gara JP, O'Neill E. Current and future approaches to the prevention and treatment of staphylococcal medical device-related infections. Curr Pharm Des. 2015;21(1):100-13. doi:10.2174/1381612820666140905123900

Workman DG, Tsatsanis A, Lewis FW, Boyle JP, Mousadoust M, Hettiarachchi NT, Hunter M, Peers CS, Tétard D, Duce JA. Protection from neurodegeneration in the 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) model of Parkinson's with novel 1-hydroxypyridin-2-one metal chelators. Metallomics (2015);7(15): 867-76. doi: 10.1039/C4MT00326H


van Kleef E, Green N, Goldenberg SD, Robotham JV, Cookson B, Jit M, Edmunds WJ, Deeny SR. Excess length of stay and mortality due to Clostridium difficile infection: a multi-state modelling approach. J Hosp Infect. 2014 Dec;88(4):213-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2014.08.008. Test link

Stolbrink M, McGowan L, Saman H, Nguyen T, Knightly R, Sharpe J, Reilly H, Jones S, Turner AM. The Early Mobility Bundle: a simple enhancement of therapy which may reduce incidence of hospital-acquired pneumonia and length of hospital stay. J Hosp Infect. 2014 Sep;88(1):34-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2014.05.006. Test link

van Kleef E, Gasparrini A, Guy R, Cookson B, Hope R, Jit M, Robotham JV, Deeny SR, Edmunds WJ. Nosocomial transmission of C. difficile in English
hospitals from patients with symptomatic infection. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 16;9(6):e99860. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0099860.

Holling N, Dedi C, Jones CE, Hawthorne JA, Hanlon GW, Salvage JP, Patel BA, Barnes LM, Jones BV. Evaluation of environmental scanning electron microscopy for analysis of Proteus mirabilis crystalline biofilms in situ on urinary catheters. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2014 Jun;355(1):20-7. doi: 10.1111/1574-6968.12451.

Holling N, Lednor D, Tsang S, Bissell A, Campbell L, Nzakizwanayo J, Dedi C, Hawthorne JA, Hanlon G, Ogilvie LA, Salvage JP, Patel BA, Barnes LM, Jones BV.
Elucidating the genetic basis of crystalline biofilm formation in Proteus mirabilis. Infect Immun. 2014 Apr;82(4):1616-26. doi: 10.1128/IAI.01652-13.



van Kleef E, Robotham JV, Jit M, Deeny SR, Edmunds WJ. Modelling the transmission of healthcare associated infections: a systematic review. BMC Infect
Dis. 2013 Jun 28;13:294. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-294.