Oliver van Hecke


Clinical Research Fellow, DPhil

I am a General Practitioner and DPhil Research Fellow since October 2014. 

Antibiotic overuse increases the likelihood of developing an antibiotic-resistant infection. However, theoretical predictions about the consequences of antibiotic resistance can seem abstract and remote, and do not address more immediate concerns about the implications of inappropriate antibiotic use, antibiotic-resistant infections and the clinical relevance in the community. 

My current research therefore aims to assess the present implications of inappropriate antibiotic use in primary care to inform the design and implementation of public campaigns that aim to reduce this. 

In addition, I am helping out on the NIHR-funded ARCHIE programme (the early use of Antibiotic use in 'at Risk' CHildren with InfluEnza in primary care) which is examining what impact early antibiotic use (co-amoxiclav) has on antimicrobial resistance in ‘at risk’ children with influenza and its subsequent effect on long-term respiratory bacterial carriage.

Beyond infectious diseases and the major antibiotic challenge, my other interests are varied and stem from my work as a generalist in the community. These have included chronic pain and its wider influence on multi-morbidity and poor health, and the use of medical chaperones in general practice.