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Dr Lindsay Forbes MBBS, BSc, MSc (Public Health), MD MRCP(UK), FFPH

Senior Clinical Research Fellow (Public Health)



I am an academic public health physician with special interests in epidemiology of long term conditions and design and evaluation of services to meet the needs of the growing population who have these. My main focus currently is organisation of general practice. I am supervising several PhD students.

I joined CHSS in January 2016 from King’s College London and Queen Mary, University of London. In this role I was one of the Principal Investigators of the Department of Health Policy Research Unit on cancer awareness, screening and early diagnosis. Over an eight year period I researched pathways to care in cancer and led the evaluation of a unique health professional-delivered intervention to promote early presentation of breast cancer. I advised the Department of Health on the Be Clear on Cancer Know4Sure and breast cancer awareness campaigns.

During 2011-13 I played a major role in a national project to develop an innovative evidence-based approach to information about cancer screening, aiming to offer informed choice. Before 2008 I was consultant in public health medicine in Wandsworth PCT, where I was clinical effectiveness lead and provided public health advice on acute commissioning.

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Forbes, L., Forbes, H., Sutton, M., Checkland, K. and Peckham, S. (2019). How Widespread Is Working at Scale in English General Practice? an Observational Study. British Journal of General Practice [Online] 69. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp19X705533.
Spencer, S., Dickinson, J. and Forbes, L. (2018). Occurrence, Risk Factors, Prognosis and Prevention of Swimming-Induced Pulmonary Oedema: a Systematic Review. Sports Medicine - Open [Online] 4. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40798-018-0158-8.
Pedersen, A., Forbes, L., Brain, K., Hvidberg, L., Wulff, C., Lagerlund, M., Hajdarevic, S., Quaife, S. and Vedsted, P. (2018). Negative cancer beliefs, recognition of cancer symptoms and anticipated times to help-seeking: an international cancer benchmarking partnership (ICBP) study. BMC Cancer [Online] 18. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-018-4287-8.
Kaushal, A., McCormick, K., Warburton, F., Burton, C., Ramirez, A. and Forbes, L. (2018). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women during the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign. British Journal of Nursing [Online] 28:43-49. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2019.28.1.43.
Forbes, L., Marchand, C., Doran, T. and Peckham, S. (2017). The role of the Quality and Outcomes Framework in the care of long-term conditions: a systematic review. British Journal of General Practice [Online] 67:e775-e784. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X693077.
Donnelly, C., Quaife, S., Forbes, L., Boylan, J., Tishelman, C. and Gavin, A. (2017). Do perceived barriers to clinical presentation affect anticipated time to presenting with cancer symptoms: An ICBP Study. European Journal of Public Health [Online] 27:1-25. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckx064.
Dodd, R., Forster, A., Sellars, S., Patnick, J., Ramirez, A. and Forbes, L. (2017). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women: sustained effect of an intervention to promote breast cancer awareness in routine clinical practice. Bmc Health Services Research [Online] 17:386. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-017-2335-8.
O'Shea, S., Rogers, Z., Warburton, F., Ramirez, A., Newton-Bishop, J. and Forbes, L. (2017). Which symptoms are linked to a delayed presentation among melanoma patients? A retrospective study. BMC Cancer [Online] 17:1-6. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12885-016-2978-6.
Kaushal, A., Ramirez, A., Warburton, F., Forster, A., Linsell, L., Burgess, C., Tucker, L., Omar, L. and Forbes, L. (2016). Promoting Early Presentation intervention sustains increased breast cancer awareness in older women for three years: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Screening [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969141316667408.
Niksic, M., Rachet, B., Quaresma, M., Moller, H. and Forbes, L. (2016). Is Cancer survival associated with cancer symptom awareness and barriers to seeking medical help in England? An ecological study. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 115:876 -886. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2016.246.
Niksic, M., Rachet, B., Warburton, F. and Forbes, L. (2016). Ethnic differences in cancer symptom awareness and barriers to seeking medical help in England. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 115:136-144. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2016.158.
Crossman, T., Warburton, F., Richards, M., Smith, H., Ramirez, A. and Forbes, L. (2016). The role of general practice in the diagnosis of oral cancer. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery [Online] 54:208-212. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bjoms.2015.11.003.
Campbell, J., Pyer, M., Rogers, S., Jones, J., Ramirez, A. and Forbes, L. (2015). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in women over 70 years old in general practice. Journal of Public Health [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdv125.
Howell, D., Warburton, F., Ramirez, A., Roman, E., Smith, A. and Forbes, L. (2015). Risk factors for delay in symptomatic presentation of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 113:1114-1120. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2015.311.
Niksic, M., Rachet, B., Warburton, F., Wardle, J., Ramirez, A. and Forbes, L. (2015). Cancer symptom awareness and barriers to symptomatic presentation in England – Are we clear on cancer?. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 113:533-542. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2015.164.
Quaife, S., Winstanley, K., Robb, K., Simon, A., Ramirez, A., Forbes, L., Brain, K., Gavin, A. and Wardle, J. (2015). Socioeconomic inequalities in attitudes to cancer: an international cancer benchmarking study. European Journal of Cancer Prevention [Online] 24:253-260. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/CEJ.0000000000000140.
Lim, A., Ramirez, A., Hamilton, W., Sasieni, P., Patnick, J. and Forbes, L. (2014). Delays in diagnosis of young women with symptomatic cervical cancer in England: an interview-based study. British Journal of General Practice [Online] 64:e602-e610. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3399/bjgp14X681757.
Forbes, L., Warburton, F., Richards, M. and Ramirez, A. (2014). Risk factors for delay in symptomatic presentation: a survey of cancer patients. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 111:581-588. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2014.304.
Forbes, L. and Ramirez, A. (2014). Communicating the Benefits and Harms of Cancer Screening. Current Oncology Reports [Online] 16. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11912-014-0382-4.
Brain, K., Smits, S., Simon, A., Forbes, L., Roberts, C., Robbé, I., Steward, J., White, C., Neal, R. and Hanson, J. (2014). Ovarian cancer symptom awareness and anticipated delayed presentation in a population sample. BMC Cancer [Online] 14. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2407-14-171.
Forster, A., Forbes, L., Abraham, C., Warburton, F., Douglas, E. and Ramirez, A. (2014). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer: a preliminary evaluation of a written intervention. Chronic Illness [Online] 10:18-30. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742395313484071.
Jones, C., Maben, J., Davies, E., Jack, R., Forbes, L., Lucas, G. and Ream, E. (2014). A systematic review of barriers to early presentation and diagnosis with cancer among Black women. BMJ Open [Online] 4:e004076. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004076.
Quaife, S., Forbes, L., Ramirez, A., Brain, K., Simon, A. and Wardle, J. (2014). Recognition of cancer warning signs and anticipated time to help-seeking in a population sample of adults in the UK. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 110:12-18. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2013.684.
Book section
Niksic, M. and Forbes, L. (2018). Awareness of Colorectal Cancer: Recognition of Symptoms and Risk Factors by Socio-demographic Characteristics. In: Timely Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 1-20. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65286-3_1.
Forbes, L., Forbes, H., Checkland, K., Sutton, M. and Peckham, S. (2020). Exploring changes in patient experience with increasing practice size: observational study using data from the General Practice Patient Survey. British Journal of General Practice.
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