Professor Wendy Baird BSc Hons (London), PhD (London), MSc (Leicester)

Director of NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber

Deputy Director Section Design Trials and Statistics

Faculty Deputy Director Research and Innovation

Professor of Health Services Research

NIHR RDSYH
Design, Trials & Statistics
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA

Office: Room 2.06, 2nd Floor, Innovation Building

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0819
Fax: +44 (0) 114 272 4095

email : w.o.baird@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

I am currently Director of NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber (RDSYH) based at ScHARR. After graduating in Biology and completing my PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at King’s College London I worked at the University of Leicester.

I undertook further training in applied health research during NHS Executive Training Fellowship at Leicester. I joined Trent RDSU at ScHARR in 2003 to support the development of research capacity in the NHS staff.

The remit of NIHR RDS is to support 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 am based in the Design, Trials & Statistics Section.

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

Professional Activities

• Director NIHR RDSYH
• Faculty Deputy Director for Research and Innovation
• Deputy Director Section Design, Trials and Statistics
• Chair NIHR RDS Strategy Group
• Member NIHR Strategy Board

Current Projects

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. (20138 - 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

Key Publications

White S, Baird WO. (In press) Disadvantaged former miners’ perspectives on smoking cessation: a qualitative study. Health Education Journal.

Baxter SK, Baird WO, Thompson S, Bianchi S, Walters SJ, Lee E, Ahmedzai SH, Proctor A, Shaw P, McDermott C. (2013) The use of non-invasive ventilation at end of life for patients with motor neurone disease: carer perceptions. Palliative Medicine. Published online before print March 5, 2013, doi: 10.1177/0269216313478449

Baxter SK, Baird WO, Thompson S, Bianchi S, Walters SJ, Lee E, Ahmedzai SH, Proctor A, Shaw P, McDermott C. (2012) The use of non-invasive ventilation for patients with motor neurone disease: patient and carer perceptions of obstacles and outcomes. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 13 (S1):189-194.

Baxter S, Mayor R, Baird W, Brown R, Howlett S, House A, Messina J, Reuber M. (2012) Understanding patient perceptions following a psycho-educational intervention for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Journal of Epilepsy and Behavior, 23: 487-493.

Clibbens N, Walters S, Baird W, (2012) Delphi research: issues raised by a pilot study. Nurse Researcher. 19(2):37-44.

Burrows J, Baxter S, Baird W, Hirst J,Goyder E. Citizens advice in primary care: qualitative study of the views and experiences of service users and staff. (2011) Public Health, 124 (10): 704-710.

McDermott CJ, Maguire C, Cooper CL, Ackroyd R, Baird WO, Baudouin SV, Bentley A, Bianchi S, Bourke S, Bradburn M, Dixon, S, Ealing J, Galloway S, Karat D, Maynard N, Morrison K, Mustfa N, Stradling J, Talbot K, Williams T, Shaw P, (2012) Protocol for diaphragm pacing in patients with respiratory muscle weakness due to motor neurone disease (DiPALS): a randomised controlled trial. BMC Neurology 12 (1), 74.

Burrows J, Baxter S, Baird W, Hirst J, Goyder E. (2011) Citizens advice in primary care: A qualitative study of the views and experiences of service users and staff. Journal of Public Health, 125(10): 704-710.

Boote J, Baird W, Sutton A (2011), Public involvement in the systematic review process in health and social care: a narrative review of case examples. Health Policy, doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2011.05.002.

Boote J, Baird W, Sutton A (2011), Public involvement in the design and conduct of clinical trials: a review. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5(11), 91-111.

Boote J, Baird W, Beecroft C (2010), Public involvement at the design stage of primary health research: a narrative review of case examples. Health Policy, 95, 10-23.

Baird WO, Jackson RJ, Ford H, Evangelou N, Busby M, Bull P, Zajicek J (2009) Holding identifiable information on patient disease registers: the views of people with MS on risk. Journal of medical education 35(2):92-6.

Baird WO, McGrother CW, Abrams KR, Dugmore C, Jackson RJ. (2008). Access to dental services for people with a physical disability: a survey of general dental practitioners in Leicestershire. Community Dental Health. 25:248-252.

Jackson RJ, Baird WO, Davis-Reynolds L, Smith C, Blackburn S, Allsebrook J. (2007) The information needs and psychosocial experiences of parents: a qualitative study. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 25(1): 31-37.
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2007.00736.x

Jackson RJ, Baird WO, Davis-Reynolds L, Smith C, Blackburn S, Allsebrook J. (2007) The information requirements and information-seeking behaviours of health and social care professionals providing care to children with health care needs: a pilot study. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 24(2):95-102.     http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2007.00700.x

Jackson RJ. Baird WO, Worthington LS, Robinson PG. (2007). A survey to investigate shortfalls in the dental care professionals (DCPs) workforce in South Yorkshire in 2004. Primary Dental Care, 14 (4):129-135.

Baird WO, Jackson RJ. Worthington LS, Robinson PG. (2007). Perspectives of dentists in primary care ahead of the “new ways of working”. British Dental Journal. May; 202(10): E24; Discussion 614-15 http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v202/n10/full/bdj.2007.270.html

Baird WO, McGrother CW, Abrams KR, Dugmore C, Jackson RJ. (2007). Factors that influence the dental attendance pattern and maintenance of oral health for people with multiple sclerosis. British Dental Journal, Jan 13;202(1):E4; discussion 40-1.
http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v202/n1/full/bdj.2006.125.html

Johnson M, Baird WO, Goyder E. (2006) 'Understanding issues involved in the transfer of diabetes care to general practice: The patient perspective'. Quality in Primary Care, 14:247-25 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/rmp/qpc/2006/00000014/00000004/art00010

McGrother CW, Dugmore C, Phillips M, Raymond NT, Garrick P, Baird WO. (1999). Multiple sclerosis, dental caries and fillings: A case-control study. British Dental Journal, 187:261-264.

Postgraduate Students

i. PhD – Lisa Bradshaw: Individual referral times and routes for those diagnosed with occupational asthma

ii. PhD – Claire Hill: Development of an osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) quality of life measure and validation and reliability of the OI specific functional assessment tool.

Section

Wendy Baird is based in the Design, Trials & Statistics Section