In this work package we build on our international reputation for conducting research on the management of infections, antimicrobial stewardship, and antimicrobial resistance. The widespread use of antibiotics in primary care contributes to the development of antimicrobial resistance, widely described as one of the most serious threats of our times.

We aim to maximise the understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and mechanisms, develop and evaluate interventions to improve management of common infections and enhance antimicrobial stewardship in primary care.

The results of our research will impact on clinical practice and health care policy for the benefit of patients, clinicians and communities of Wales and beyond.

Core activities

  • Lead and facilitate successful primary care infection research funding proposals that are of high quality and value, and multi-disciplinary.
  • Continue to build collaborations and involve users to identify and prioritise our research ensuring that this is consistent with Welsh primary health care policy priorities and HCRW objectives.
  • Increase the research evidence-base for primary care infection and antimicrobial resistance, and impact on clinical practice and primary health care policy through translation, training and dissemination.
  • Lead, support and ensure the delivery of existing, and future research projects.
  • Maintain and develop strong academic leadership from within the primary care research community in Wales, and continue to build research capacity.


Prof Nick Francis, Cardiff University

Research projects

Please visit the 'Research Portfolio' page and select WP3 from the drop-down list.

WP3 Publications

Please visit the 'Publications' page and select WP3 from the drop-down list.

Interview with Dr Nick Francis

Prof Nick Francis talks about the development of the 'When should I worry?' booklet for the Health and Care Research Wales Impact Prize 2017