Professor Wendy Baird

BSc Hons (London), PhD (London), MSc (Leicester)

School of Health and Related Research

Director of NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber

Faculty Deputy Director Research and Innovation

Professor of Health Services Research

Wendy Baird
w.o.baird@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0819

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Professor Wendy Baird
School of Health and Related Research
Room 2.06, 2nd Floor
The Innovation Centre
217 Portobello
Sheffield
S1 4DP
Profile

I am currently the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Director of Research at the University of Sheffield. I also lead the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) for Yorkshire and Humber, supporting researchers develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to the NIHR and other national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. 

I originally trained in Biology and Environmental Health Sciences at King’s College London undertaking laboratory and field based work in China and Kenya during Doctoral studies. Undertaking further training at Masters level in health services research during an NHS Executive Postdoctoral Fellowship, gave the opportunity to transfer laboratory and epidemiological skills to the health care setting in the UK.

I have more than 25 years’ experience working as a Health Services Researcher to improve health outcomes. With extensive experience of qualitative research, which focuses on inequalities in health and access to health services for both those with chronic disabling diseases and those who are socially excluded from care.

Research interests

Research interest focuses on inequalities in health and access to health services for both those with chronic disabling diseases and those who are socially excluded from care.

  • Health inequalities
  • Health Services Research and Technology Assessment.
  • Public and patient involvement in research
Publications

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Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Boote JD, Baird W & Sutton A () Public involvement in the design and conduct of clinical trials: a review. Third International Conference on Science in Society. Catholic University of America, Washington DC, 5 August 2011. RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

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Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Simpson R, Julious SA & Baird WO (2017) An investigation of the factors which influence children with asthma having unscheduled medical contacts around the start of the new school year in England and Wales: a mixed methods study. TRIALS, Vol. 18 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hill C, Baird W & Walters S (2016) Development of an osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) specific quality of life measure (OIQoL). Physiotherapy, Vol. 102 (pp e10-e11) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Boote JD, Baird W & Sutton A () Public involvement in the design and conduct of clinical trials: a review. Third International Conference on Science in Society. Catholic University of America, Washington DC, 5 August 2011. RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

Grants
  • NIHR PRU, Sculpher M, Wailoo A, Ara R, Baird W, Birks Y, Brazier J, Claxton K, Griffin S, Hernandez M, Palmer S, Peasgood T, Rowen D, Weatherly H. (2019-2023) Economic Methods of Evaluation in Health and Social Care Interventions (EEPRU-II). £4,999,990. 
  • NIHR, Baird WO, Dixon S, Brown J, Torgerson D, Walters S, Birks Y, Twiddy M, Boote J, Hulme C, Richardson G, Young TA, Wailoo A. (2013 - 2018) Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service. £5,250,000
  • NIHR HTA, McDermott C, Cooper CL, Dixon, S, Shaw P, Baird WO, Bradburn M, Fitgerald P, Williams T, Talbot K, Bianchi S, Bourke S, Ealing J, Bentley A, Stradling J, Ackroyd R, Baudouin S, Morrison K, Mustfa N, Maynard N, Galloway S, Karat D. (2011-2015) A Randomised Controlled Trial in patients with Respiratory Muscle Weakness due to Motor Neurone Disease of the NeuRx RA/4 Diaphragm Pacing Trial (DiPALS). £1,354,195
  • NIHR i4i, McDermott C, Heath R, Clarke Z, Heron N, Langley J, Quinn A, Baird WO (2012-2014) The development of novel cervical orthosis to support neck weakness due to neurological disease (HEAD UP). £387,202
  • MNDA / SITraN McDermott C, Shaw P, Stavroulakis T, Baird WO. (2011-2013) A Prospective Multi-Centre Evaluation of Gastrostomy in Patients with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). £90,000
  • UCB, Reuber M, Baird WO, Blank L. (2011-2013) Specialist epilepsy services for older adults: A qualitative study. £17,500
  • NIHR RfPB McDermott C, Shaw P, Ahmedza S, Baird WO, Nixon H. (2009-2013) Non invasive ventilation (NIV) in motor neurone disease: Establishing current use, identifying obstacles and developing pathways for optimising care. £223,244
  • NIHR RfPB, Reuber M, House H, Brown R, Kemp S, Cock H, Smith P, Baird WO, Shaw P. (2009-2012) Non-epileptic Seizures Treatment (NEST) study: an evaluation of the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of a psycho-educational intervention. £220,000
Professional activities
  • Director NIHR RDSYH
  • Faculty Medicine Dentistry and Health Director for Research and Innovation
  • Member NIHR PPI Senior Leadership Team
  • Member NIHR Public Health Oversight Group
  • Member ISCF Accelerating Detection of Disease Advisory Board.  
  • Member Northern Health Sciences Alliance Council
  • Chair NIHR Development Skills and Enhancement Award Panel
  • Chair NIHR HTA DISC Trial Steering Committee
  • Chair NIHR HTA SWIFT Trial Steering Committee
  • Chair NIHR HTA SOFFT Trial Steering Committee