Dr Lindsay Blank [PhD, BSc]

lindsayblank

University of Sheffield
School  of Health & Related Research (ScHARR)
Section of Public Health
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA

Office: Room 2037, 2nd Floor, Regent Court

Tel: (+44) (0) 114 222 0853
Fax: (+44) (0) 114 222 0749

email : l.blank@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0002-8765-3076

Biography

I have a variety of research interests broadly in the areas of health inequalities and public health evidence synthesis.  Methods including: literature reviewing and critical appraisal, logic models, questionnaire design, semi-structured interviewing (telephone and face to face), quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation, case studies, action research methods, writing for publication, and conference presentations.

I currently work on a project funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) which is conducting a systematic review and logic model to investigate the links between poverty, stress, low level anxiety and depression.  The work will contribute to informing the JRF anti-poverty strategy.

I was previous Principal Investigator on two NIHR funded evidence synthesis projects:

The first looks at how international evidence on interventions to manage referral from primary to specialist non-emergency care be applied in a UK context? The work consists of development of an inclusive systematic review and logic model.

The second is a review of non-pharmacological treatments for stuttering in children and adults.  This work consists of an evaluation of effectiveness, and exploration of barriers to successful outcomes.

I previously worked as a lead reviewer on the NICE Public Health Collaborating Centre team.  I was involved in a number of reviews of complex interventions including Wellbeing of 0-4 year olds, NHS provision of contraceptive services for socially disadvantaged young people (up to the age of 25), universal interventions which aim to promote emotional and social wellbeing in secondary schools, and interventions to encourage walking and cycling.

Research Interests

Current grants:

Multidisciplinary systematic review of the relationship between poverty and stress, low level anxiety, and depression across the life course.  Start: 01/11/2015, 6 months.  Joseph Rowntree Foundation; £29,927; Role: Principal Investigator.

NIHR HS & DR Evidence Synthesis Centre.  Start: 01/03/2014, 36 months.  National Institute for Health Research; £624,553; Role: Co-Investigator.

Recent grants:

How can international evidence on interventions to manage referral from primary to specialist non-emergency care be applied in the UK context?  Development of an inclusive systematic review and logic model.  NIHR NESTCC.  £198,636.  Blank L, Baxter S, Goyder E, Buckley Woods H, Payne N.  Role: Principal Investigator.

Interventions to promote or maintain physical activity during and after the transition to retirement: evidence synthesis to inform recommendations for policy and practice.  Start: 01/02/2014; Duration: 15 months.  National Institute for Health Research: £205,352.  Role: Principal Investigator.

Non-pharmacological treatments for stuttering in children and adults: a systematic review of effectiveness, and exploration of barriers to successful outcomes.  Start: 01/08/2013; 12 months; National Institute for Health Research; £138,000.  Role: Co-Investigator.

Brief advice for adults in primary care.  NICE.  National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  Evidence Review on Physical Activity Advice in Primary Care, for the NICE Centre for Public Health Excellence.  £55,000.  Blank L, Goyder E, Campbell F, Payne N.  Role: Principal Investigator.

Key publications

  • Blank L, Baxter SK, Woods HB, Goyder EC, Lee A, Payne N.  (2015) What is the evidence on interventions to manage referral from primary to specialist non-emergency care? A systematic review and logic model synthesis.  Health Serv Deliv Res 24(3):1-1 22.
  • Blank L, Baxter S, Woods HB, Goyder E, Lee A, Payne N, Rimmer M. (2014) Referral interventions from primary to specialist care: A systematic review of international evidence.  British Journal of General Practice 64(629):e765-e774.
  • Blank L, Baird W, Reuber M. (2014) Patient perceptions of the referral of older adults to an epilepsy clinic: do patients and professionals agree who should be referred to a specialist?  Epilepsy Behav 34:120-123.
  • Lee AC, Blank L, Payne N, McShane M, Goyder E. (2013) Demand management: misguided solutions? Br J Gen Pract 63(613):e589-e591.
  • Blank L, Baxter S, Baird W, Reuber M.  Understanding referral patterns to an epilepsy clinic:  Professional perceptions of factors influencing the referral of older adults Seizure 22(2013) 698-702).
  • Lee A, Blank L, Payne N, McShane M, Goyder E.  Demand management:  misguided solutions?  British Journal of General Practice (2013)  63(613):589-91.
  • Blank L, Coster J, O'Cathain A, Knowles E, Tosh J, Turner J, Nicholl J.  The appropriateness of, and compliance with, telephone triage decisions: a systematic review and narrative synthesis.  Journal of Advanced Nursing (2012).  (68(12), 2610-2621.
  • Blank L, Baxter SK, Payne N, Guillaume LR, Squires H.  Systematic review and narrative synthesis of the effectiveness of contraceptive service interventions for young people, delivered in health care settings.  Health Education Research (2012)Dec;27(6):1102-19.
  • Blank L, Baxter S, Goyder E, Naylor PB, Guillaume L, Wilkinson A, Hummel S, Chilcott J, Promoting wellbeing by changing behaviour; a systematic review and narrative synthesis of the effectiveness of whole secondary school behavioural interventions. Mental Health Review Journal (2010)
  • Blank L, Baxter SK, Payne N,, Guillaume L,and Pilgrim H. Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis of the Effectiveness of Contraceptive Service Interventions for Young People, Delivered in Educational Settings MSc J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol (2010)
  • Blank L, Bissell P, Goyder E, Clarke H. `I don't go in for all that scaremongering´: perceptions of and strategies to manage food safety risk. In: Peter Jackson (ed) Changing Families, Changing Food. (2009). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Blank L, Peters J, Pickvance S, Wilford J, MacDonald E. Systematic review of the factors which predict return to work for people suffering episodes of mental ill health. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (2008); 18(1): 27-34.
  • Blank L, Grimsley M, Goyder E, Peters J, Ellis E. Community Based Lifestyle Interventions: Changing Behaviour and Improving Health. Journal of Public Health Medicine (2007); 29: 236-245