Research Design Service South East

Staff Profile

Staff Profile

Dr Lindsay Forbes

Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent

Lindsay is an academic public health physician and joined RDSSE in January 2016. She is a Clinical Professor of Public Health at the Centre for Health Service Studies at the University of Kent.

Her areas of experience and interest include developing research capacity and research leadership in the public health workforce, evaluations of health service and public health interventions, observational epidemiology of chronic disease and cancer, communicating with the public about public health interventions, design of data collection instruments, and systematic reviewing.

She joined CHSS from King’s College London and Queen Mary, University of London. In this role, she was one of the Principal Investigators of the Department of Health Policy Research Unit on cancer awareness, screening and early diagnosis. She investigated international, ethnic and socioeconomic differences in cancer awareness and beliefs and led the evaluation of a complex intervention to promote early presentation of breast cancer. She advised the Department of Health on the Be Clear on Cancer awareness campaigns. She played a major role in developing an innovative evidence-based approach to information about cancer screening on behalf of the NHS Cancer Screening Programme, aiming to offer informed choice.

From 2004-7 Lindsay was consultant in public health medicine in Wandsworth PCT. While in this role, she studied the association between air pollution and cardiorespiratory disease at St George’s, University of London. She has also led academic projects at King’s College London on health service use for asthma emergencies in children, the association between female sex hormones and asthma, the effect of volcanic ash on respiratory symptoms and lung function. Before joining the public health (and academic) workforce in 1995, her clinical background was in acute medicine for 7 years after qualifying in 1988.

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