Oliver Van Hecke is a clinical researcher at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. and GP in East London.
His research focuses on ways to optimise antibiotic prescribing especially in children and reduce the impact of drug-resistant infections in communities. This broadly encompasses four areas: developing clinical decision-support tools; evaluating rapid diagnostic tests for common infections; promoting cross-discipline efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing; and making antibiotic awareness campaigns more impactful.
Through his research, he has been an advocate for primary care clinicians doing their part to optimise antibiotic prescribing in the community. He has acted as panel witness on an All-Party Parliamentary Group at the House of Commons, as invited speaker at major conferences (e.g. The Economist, Antimicrobial Resistance Summit) and chairperson of the Longitude Prize Symposium on Urinary Tract infections.