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

Professor of Public Health and NIHR Research Design Service SE Adviser

 

 

I am a public health scientist with interests in understanding patterns of ill health and health systems to address the needs of the population. I am public health specialty lead for Kent Surrey and Sussex NIHR Clinical Research Network and an adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service South East. I am on the General Medical Council specialist register in public health medicine. Most recently my work has been in two main areas: design and evaluation of primary care services, and systems to build evidence of what works to improve the health of the public. I started off my academic public health career in epidemiology, although over the years I have developed a much broader set of research skills, including complex intervention design and evaluation.

I joined CHSS in January 2016 from King’s College London and Queen Mary, University of London, where 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, alongside a role in St George’s, University of London investigating the epidemiology of chronic disease in relation to air quality.
I trained in academic public health medicine 1995-2002 in London, where I was lucky to have a joint NHS-university post in South London health authorities and King’s College London. Before that I spent several years in acute hospital medicine after qualifying in 1988. 

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Article
Hashem, F., Jaswal, S., Marchand, C., Forbes, L., Srinivasan, N., Bates, A. and Peckham, S. (2021) "Incorporating the interaction between health and work into the undergraduate medical curriculum – a qualitative evaluation of a teaching pilot in English medical schools", Education for Primary Care. Taylor & Francis.
Peckham, S., Forbes, L. and Saddi, F. (2021) "Guest Editorial - Policy challenges and innovative analyses of payment for performance in health care", Guest Editorial - Policy challenges and innovative analyses of payment for performance in health care. Emerald Publishing. doi: 10.1108/JHOM-03-2021-0091.
Forbes, L., Peckham, S. and George, A. (2020) "Improving and protecting health in England needs more than the NHS", Lancet. Elsevier, p. 1636. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32376-X.
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. Royal College of General Practitioners.
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. Royal College of General Practitioners, pp. 682-688. doi: 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. Springer. doi: 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. BioMed Central. doi: 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. Mark Allen Healthcare, pp. 43-49. doi: 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. Royal College of General Practitioners, pp. e775-e784. doi: 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. Oxford University Press, pp. 808-813. doi: 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. Biomed Central Ltd. doi: 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. BioMed Central. doi: 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. Sage, pp. 163-165. doi: 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. Nature Publishing Group, pp. 876 -886. doi: 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. Springer Nature, pp. 136-144. doi: 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. Elsevier, pp. 208-212. doi: 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. Oxford University Press. doi: 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. Nature Publishing Group, pp. 1114-1120. doi: 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. Nature Publishing Group, pp. 533-542. doi: 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. Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc, pp. 253-260. doi: 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. Royal College of General Practitioners, pp. e602-e610. doi: 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. Springer Nature, pp. 581-588. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2014.304.
Forbes, L. and Ramirez, A. (2014) "Communicating the Benefits and Harms of Cancer Screening", Current Oncology Reports. Springer. doi: 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. Biomed Central. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-171.
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. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-65286-3_1.
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