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The School for Primary Care Research would like to congratulate Professor Alastair Hay on his appointment to chair a NICE guideline development group for antimicrobial stewardship medicines practice.

Currently in receipt of funds from the School, Alastair is principal investigator on a randomised trial to consider the clinical and cost effectiveness of oral steroids in the treatment of acute lower respiratory tract infection. This is a collaborative study between the universities of Bristol, Southampton, Nottingham, Sheffield and Oxford.

In 2008, Alastair was funded by the School to conduct a feasibility study to investigate the relationship between primary care prescribed antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance, and its associated costs, among symptomatic adults assessed in secondary care with infection.

I am delighted to be offered this opportunity by NICE and to influence a topic of international importance and central to the preservation of future antibiotic effectiveness." - Alastair Hay

See further details on the how to apply to become a member of the development group on the NICE website. Closing date: 2 April 2015.

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