Peter Davey

+44 (0)1382 383729
Lead for Clinical Quality Improvement


I trained in Infectious Diseases in Birmingham and completed an MD at the University of London before coming to Dundee in 1980. I held a Wellcome Trust Fellowship at Tufts New England Medical Centre from 1984-5. I was appointed to a NASCA Senior Lectureship in Clinical Pharmacology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Dundee in 1986.

My research currently focuses on improving the quality and safety of medical care, particularly on improving antibiotic stewardship and infection management. I have over thirty years of experience in research focused on the outcomes of antimicrobial chemotherapy and the relationships between prescribing and resistance. I am the lead author for the Cochrane Systematic Review of Interventions to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing Practice for Hospital Inpatients. I am Education Secretary of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and was President from 2006-9.


My research interests lie mainly in antibiotic stewardship, ranging from observational studies of the impact of resistance on outcomes of infection to intervention studies to measure the intended and unintended consequences of antibiotic policy change in primary and secondary care.

My research is mainly quantitative and uses routine data with record linkage to conduct Interrupted Time Series studies. I have over 30 years of experience in applying economic evaluation to studies of infectious disease. I have been involved in the establishment and development of the Scottish Patient Safety Research Network (SPSRN) which seeks to provide opportunities for Patient Safety Research throughout Scotland.

Lectures and conferences

Garrod Medal Lecture “Why is Improvement Difficult?” British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, London, March 2015Plenary “Antimicrobial Stewardship”, Australian Society for Antimicrobials14th Annual Scientific Meeting, February 2013

Symposium “Improving the quality of investigator-initiated studies in infectious diseases” European Congress on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, March 2012

Plenary “Effectiveness of the interventions in antimicrobial stewardship : What works?” European Study Group on Antibiotic Policies, March 2012

Plenary “Interventions to Improve Antimicrobial Prescribing in Hospital Care: What Do Recent Studies Tell Us?” Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America, March 2011


I was appointed as Medical School Lead for Clinical Quality Improvement in 2008. I have introduced innovative core teaching in the Medical School, including reflective reporting on Incident Review, e-learning through Spaced Education, Team Based Learning and Patient Centred Care Shadowing. I led the establishment of a Dundee Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School of Health Professions and students from the University of Dundee were the first in the UK to be awarded IHI Advanced Improvement Certificates. I established the Dundee Clinical Human Factors Group in 2012.

I am Education Secretary of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

I am lead author of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (Oxford University Press), now in its 7th Edition

I am lead author on Antibiotic Policies in Antibiotic and Chemotherapy (Elsevier), now in its 9th Edition


  1. Davey P, Peden C, Charani E, Marwick C, Michie S. Time for action-Improving the design and reporting of behaviour change interventions for antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals: Early findings from a systematic review. Int J Antimicrob Agents 2015 doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2014.11.014[published Online First: Epub Date]|.

  2. Ryan C, Ross S, Davey P, et al. Prevalence and Causes of Prescribing Errors: The PRescribing Outcomes for Trainee Doctors Engaged in Clinical Training (PROTECT) Study. PLoS One 2014;9(1):e79802 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079802[published Online First: Epub Date]|.

  3. Marwick CA, Guthrie B, Pringle JE, McLeod SR, Evans JM, Davey PG. Identifying which septic patients have increased mortality risk using severity scores: a cohort study. BMC Anesthesiol 2014;14(1):1 doi: 10.1186/1471-2253-14-1[published Online First: Epub Date]|.

  4. Fleet E, Gopal Rao G, Patel B, Davey P. Impact of implementation of a novel antimicrobial stewardship tool on antibiotic use in nursing homes: a prospective cluster randomized control pilot study. J Antimicrob Chemother 2014;69(8):2265-73 doi: 10.1093/jac/dku115[published Online First: Epub Date]|.

  5. Bell S, Davey P, Nathwani D, et al. Risk of Acute Kidney Injury with gentamicin as surgical prophylaxis. JASN Journal of the American Society of Nephrologists 2014; 25 (11) 2625-32

  6. Davey P, Brown E, Charani E, et al. Interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices for hospital inpatients. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) 2013;4:CD003543 doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003543.pub3[published Online First: Epub Date]|.

  7. DUFFY, M. A., HERNANDEZ-SANTIAGO, V., ORANGE, G., DAVEY, P. G. & GUTHRIE, B. 2013. Trimethoprim prescription and subsequent resistance in childhood urinary infection: multilevel modelling analysis. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 63, 238-43.

  8. MALCOLM, W., NATHWANI, D., DAVEY, P., CROMWELL, T., PATTON, A., REILLY, J., CAIRNS, S. & BENNIE, M. 2013. From intermittent antibiotic point prevalence surveys to quality improvement: experience in Scottish hospitals. Antimicrobial resistance and infection control, 2, 3.

  9. MARWICK, C., RAE, N., IRVINE, N. & DAVEY, P. 2012. Prospective study of severity assessment and management of acute medical admissions with skin and soft tissue infection. The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy, 67, 1016-9.

  10. MARWICK, C., HERNANDEZ-SANTIAGO, V., MCCOWAN, C., BROOMHALL, J. & DAVEY, P. 2013. Community acquired infections in older patients admitted to hospital from care homes versus the community: cohort study of microbiology and outcomes. BMC geriatrics, 13, 12.