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A mixed-methods study of women's birthplace preferences and decisions in England (2024)
Journal Article
Clancy, G. E., Boardman, F. K., & Rees, S. (2024). A mixed-methods study of women's birthplace preferences and decisions in England. Women and Birth, 37(4), Article 101616. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2024.101616

Problem: Choice has been a key aspect of maternity care policy in England since 1993, however a gap remains between the birthplaces women want and where they actually give birth. Background: The latest maternity care policy in England acknowledges... Read More about A mixed-methods study of women's birthplace preferences and decisions in England.

Realist Evaluation Comparison of Dementia-Friendly Communities in England and the Netherlands (2024)
Journal Article
Chadborn, N. H., Thijssen, M., Logan, P., Radford, K., & Graff, M. (2024). Realist Evaluation Comparison of Dementia-Friendly Communities in England and the Netherlands. Health and Social Care in the Community, 2024, Article 5576029. https://doi.org/10.1155/2024/5576029

Introduction. Dementia-friendly communities coordinate activities and events which offer social inclusion and participation of people with dementia. Initiatives can include memory cafés, sports, and tourist and heritage visits. This study explored ho... Read More about Realist Evaluation Comparison of Dementia-Friendly Communities in England and the Netherlands.

Mental Health Promotion, Psychological Therapies and Young People's Mental Health (2023)
Book Chapter
Horrocks, M. (2023). Mental Health Promotion, Psychological Therapies and Young People's Mental Health. In The essential guide to public health and health promotion. (Second edition). Routledge

The mental health and well-being of young people is a key consideration for modern societies, and this chapter will focus on mental health promotion for young people. In particular, this chapter will explore the application of Cognitive Behavioural p... Read More about Mental Health Promotion, Psychological Therapies and Young People's Mental Health.

Framing the wider determinants of health and health inequalities: local stakeholder views in England (2023)
Journal Article
Such, E. (2023). Framing the wider determinants of health and health inequalities: local stakeholder views in England. Evidence and Policy, 19(4), 513-535. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426421X16848470383584

Background: Despite decades of concern, health inequalities persist and collaborations to address them at a local level are yet to prove effective. One potential way of improving actions to address health inequalities is to pay greater attention to... Read More about Framing the wider determinants of health and health inequalities: local stakeholder views in England.

‘We went from understanding, to disappointment, resentment and often grief all in the space of 6 months’ A qualitative study of the stories of family carers of care home residents during COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 (2023)
Working Paper
Hinsliff-Smith, K., Griffiths, S., Padley, W., De Vries, K., & Brown, J. (0000). ‘We went from understanding, to disappointment, resentment and often grief all in the space of 6 months’ A qualitative study of the stories of family carers of care home residents during COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

When the WHO announced a global pandemic in response to COVID-19, individual countries reacted in a similar way with care homes closing their doors to visits, including visits from family members. The UK was no different, initially they closed to pro... Read More about ‘We went from understanding, to disappointment, resentment and often grief all in the space of 6 months’ A qualitative study of the stories of family carers of care home residents during COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Analysis of individual-level data from 2018–2020 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (2022)
Journal Article
Vossler, H., Akilimali, P., Pan, Y., KhudaBukhsh, W. R., Kenah, E., & Rempała, G. A. (2022). Analysis of individual-level data from 2018–2020 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Scientific Reports, 12, Article 5534. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-09564-4

The 2018–2020 Ebola virus disease epidemic in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) resulted in 3481 cases (probable and confirmed) and 2299 deaths. In this paper, we use a novel statistical method to analyze the individual-level incidence and hospi... Read More about Analysis of individual-level data from 2018–2020 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Spatial Growth Rate of Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Lineages in England, September 2020–December 2021 (2022)
Working Paper
The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium, Smallman-Raynor, M., & Cliff, A. D. Spatial Growth Rate of Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Lineages in England, September 2020–December 2021

This paper uses a robust method of spatial epidemiological analysis to assess the spatial growth rate of multiple lineages of SARS-CoV-2 in the local authority areas of England, September 2020-December 2021. Using the genomic surveillance records of... Read More about Spatial Growth Rate of Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Lineages in England, September 2020–December 2021.

Maternal prenatal anxiety and depression and trajectories of cardiometabolic risk factors across childhood and adolescence: a prospective cohort study (2021)
Journal Article
Matvienko-Sikar, K., O' Neill, K., Fraser, A., Hayes, C., Howe, L., Huizink, A. C., …O'Keefe, L. M. (2022). Maternal prenatal anxiety and depression and trajectories of cardiometabolic risk factors across childhood and adolescence: a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open, 11(12), Article e051681. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-051681

Objectives: Quantifying long-term offspring cardiometabolic health risks associated with maternal prenatal anxiety and depression can guide cardiometabolic risk prevention. This study examines associations between maternal prenatal anxiety and depres... Read More about Maternal prenatal anxiety and depression and trajectories of cardiometabolic risk factors across childhood and adolescence: a prospective cohort study.

Development and Validation of Quality of Life Measurement Tools Used in Older Peoples’ Care Homes: a scoping review protocol (2021)
Working Paper
Usman, A., Lewis, S., Clarkson, P., & Gordon, A. Development and Validation of Quality of Life Measurement Tools Used in Older Peoples’ Care Homes: a scoping review protocol

Introduction There is a high prevalence of frailty and cognitive impairment within care home population. These wide-ranging experiences and needs impact on residents’ quality of life. Therefore, measuring Quality of Life (QOL) in residents as part... Read More about Development and Validation of Quality of Life Measurement Tools Used in Older Peoples’ Care Homes: a scoping review protocol.

Feasibility RCT of neuromuscular electrical stimulation; an Intervention to Maintain and improve neuroMuscular function during periods of Immobility (IMMI): Protocol (2021)
Working Paper
Gladman, J., Aloraibi, S., Greenhaff, P., Piasecki, M., Phillips, B., Atherton, P., …Gordon, A. (0000). Feasibility RCT of neuromuscular electrical stimulation; an Intervention to Maintain and improve neuroMuscular function during periods of Immobility (IMMI): Protocol

East Midlands Research into Ageing Network (EMRAN) is a research collaboration across the East Midlands to facilitate collaborative applied clinical research into ageing and the care of older people. EMRAN was set up by NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and... Read More about Feasibility RCT of neuromuscular electrical stimulation; an Intervention to Maintain and improve neuroMuscular function during periods of Immobility (IMMI): Protocol.

Psychological Impacts of COVID–19 on Healthcare Trainees and Perceptions towards a Digital Wellbeing Support Package (2021)
Journal Article
Blake, H., Mahmood, I., Dushi, G., Yildirim, M., & Gay, E. (2021). Psychological Impacts of COVID–19 on Healthcare Trainees and Perceptions towards a Digital Wellbeing Support Package. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(20), Article 10647. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010647

We explore the impact of COVID-19 on the psychological wellbeing of healthcare trainees, and the perceived value of a digital support package to mitigate the psychological impacts of the pandemic (PoWerS Study). This mixed–methods study includes (i)... Read More about Psychological Impacts of COVID–19 on Healthcare Trainees and Perceptions towards a Digital Wellbeing Support Package.

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation on students and staff in higher education: A qualitative study (2021)
Journal Article
Knight, H., Carlisle, S., O’connor, M., Briggs, L., Fothergill, L., Al-Oraibi, A., …Blake, H. (2021). Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation on students and staff in higher education: A qualitative study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(20), Article 10675. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010675

This qualitative study explored the impact of COVID-19 self-isolation and social restriction measures on university students, through the perspectives of both students and the staff supporting them. The study comprised 11 focus groups (students) and... Read More about Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation on students and staff in higher education: A qualitative study.

Test@work: evaluation of workplace HIV testing for construction workers using the RE-AIM framework (2021)
Journal Article
Jones, W., Somerset, S., Evans, C., Whittingham, K., Middleton, M., & Blake, H. (2021). Test@work: evaluation of workplace HIV testing for construction workers using the RE-AIM framework. BMC Public Health, 21, Article 1737. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11739-z

Background: Community testing for HIV can reach previously untested populations but is rarely offered in workplaces. Targeting the construction sector could reach workers from high risk populations. Methods: The RE-AIM framework was used to evaluate... Read More about Test@work: evaluation of workplace HIV testing for construction workers using the RE-AIM framework.

Understanding the cost of mental health at work: an integrative framework (2021)
Book Chapter
Hassard, J., Teoh, K., Thomson, L., & Blake, H. (2021). Understanding the cost of mental health at work: an integrative framework. In T. Wall, C. Cooper, & P. Brough (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Organisational Wellbeing. SAGE Publications

Internationally, there is growing recognition of the social and economic impact of work-related stress and mental ill-health; and, in turn, of the relative importance of promoting mental wellbeing and preventing the onset of mental disorders at work... Read More about Understanding the cost of mental health at work: an integrative framework.

Development of a school-based intervention to increase physical activity levels among Chinese children: a systematic iterative process based on Behaviour Change Wheel and Theoretical Domains Framework (2021)
Journal Article
Chattopadhyay, K., Blake, H., & Wang, H. (2021). Development of a school-based intervention to increase physical activity levels among Chinese children: a systematic iterative process based on Behaviour Change Wheel and Theoretical Domains Framework. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, Article 610245. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.610245

Regular physical activity has a range of benefits for children’s health, academic achievement, and behavioral development, yet they face barriers to participation. The aim of the study was to systematically develop an intervention for improving Chine... Read More about Development of a school-based intervention to increase physical activity levels among Chinese children: a systematic iterative process based on Behaviour Change Wheel and Theoretical Domains Framework.

Students’ views towards sars-cov-2 mass asymptomatic testing, social distancing and self-isolation in a university setting during the covid-19 pandemic: A qualitative study (2021)
Journal Article
Blake, H., Knight, H., Jia, R., Corner, J., Morling, J. R., Denning, C., …Vedhara, K. (2021). Students’ views towards sars-cov-2 mass asymptomatic testing, social distancing and self-isolation in a university setting during the covid-19 pandemic: A qualitative study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(8), Article 4182. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084182

We aimed to explore university students’ perceptions and experiences of SARS-CoV-2 mass asymptomatic testing, social distancing and self-isolation, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This qualitative study comprised of four rapid online focus groups condu... Read More about Students’ views towards sars-cov-2 mass asymptomatic testing, social distancing and self-isolation in a university setting during the covid-19 pandemic: A qualitative study.

Accessing Voluntary HIV Testing in the Construction Industry: A Qualitative Analysis of Employee Interviews from the Test@Work Study (2021)
Journal Article
Somerset, S., Evans, C., & Blake, H. (2021). Accessing Voluntary HIV Testing in the Construction Industry: A Qualitative Analysis of Employee Interviews from the Test@Work Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(8), Article 4184. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084184

HIV, globally, remains a significant public health issue and community HIV testing can help to identify those with HIV at an early stage of disease. The workplace offers a prime location for provision of opt-in HIV testing as part of wider health pro... Read More about Accessing Voluntary HIV Testing in the Construction Industry: A Qualitative Analysis of Employee Interviews from the Test@Work Study.

Covid-well study: Qualitative evaluation of supported wellbeing centres and psychological first aid for healthcare workers during the covid-19 pandemic (2021)
Journal Article
Blake, H., Gupta, A., Javed, M., Wood, B., Knowles, S., Coyne, E., & Cooper, J. (2021). Covid-well study: Qualitative evaluation of supported wellbeing centres and psychological first aid for healthcare workers during the covid-19 pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(7), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073626

Supported wellbeing centres were set up in UK hospital trusts as an early intervention aimed at mitigating the psychological impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers. These provided high quality rest spaces with peer-to-peer psychological support pro... Read More about Covid-well study: Qualitative evaluation of supported wellbeing centres and psychological first aid for healthcare workers during the covid-19 pandemic.

Perceptions and Experiences of the University of Nottingham Pilot SARS-CoV-2 Asymptomatic Testing Service: A Mixed-Methods Study (2020)
Journal Article
Blake, H., Corner, J., Cirelli, C., Hassard, J., Briggs, L., Daly, J. M., …Ball, J. (2021). Perceptions and Experiences of the University of Nottingham Pilot SARS-CoV-2 Asymptomatic Testing Service: A Mixed-Methods Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(1), 1-26. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010188

© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. We aimed to explore student and staff perceptions and experiences of a pilot SARS-CoV-2 asymptomatic testing service (P-ATS) in a UK university campus setting. This was a mixed-method study co... Read More about Perceptions and Experiences of the University of Nottingham Pilot SARS-CoV-2 Asymptomatic Testing Service: A Mixed-Methods Study.

COVID-Well: Evaluation of the Implementation of Supported Wellbeing Centres for Hospital Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020)
Journal Article
Blake, H., Yildirim, M., Wood, B., Knowles, S., Mancini, H., Coyne, E., & Cooper, J. (2020). COVID-Well: Evaluation of the Implementation of Supported Wellbeing Centres for Hospital Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(24), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249401

Supported Wellbeing Centres have been set up in UK hospital trusts in an effort to mitigate the psychological impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers, although the extent to which these are utilised and the barriers and facilitators to access are no... Read More about COVID-Well: Evaluation of the Implementation of Supported Wellbeing Centres for Hospital Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic.