Dr Linda Penn
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3809
- Address: Institute of Health and Society
Newcastle upon Tyne
My main research interests are in the development and evaluation of complex interventions to promote and support healthy ageing, including prevention of type 2 diabetes and related long term conditions. The focus of my work is on interventions that are delivered by people from non-health backgrounds and that aim to reduce health inequalities.
I hold the Fuse: centre for translational research in public health, Healthy Ageing Research Programme post-doctoral position (PDRA). I am PI for the on going development and expansion of the 'New life, New you' translational research intervention for diabetes prevention. The original version of 'New life, New you' and the culturally adapted versions, to engage black and minority ethnic populations, are retained as service provisions locally. We plan to expand this research including the introduction of a training intervention for 'New life, New you Peer Promoters.'
I was a member of the NICE programme development group for 'Prevention of type 2 diabetes: risk identification and interventions for individuals at high risk (PH38). I teach the diabetes prevention session in the Diabetes MRes programme.
Roles and responsibilities
Research Associate (Fuse PDRA and PI 'New life, New you' development and evaluation)
BSc (2.i)Physiology and Biochemistry with Subsidiary Chemistry (University of Reading)
PGCE (University of Lancaster)
MSc (Merit)Health Sciences (Newcastle University)
PhD Type 2 Diabetes prevention in High-risk Individuals: how might Effective, Equitable and Sustainable Service Provision be Achieved? (Newcastle University 2014)
EASD, Diabetes-UK, SSM, UKSBM
NICE public health Programme Development Group: Risk-identification and interventions for prevention of type 2 diabetes in high risk individuals (PH38).
'New life, New you' translational research intervention for prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a debilitating and progressive disease, that affects people's extent and quality of life and is costly to treat. It is estimated that diabetes treatment costs to the NHS exceed 10 billion and account for 10% of the total budget. However there is good research evidence that type 2 diabetes can be prevented by lifestyle intervention. Newcastle University has a long established research interest in diabetes prevention. I was a researcher for the Newcastle arm of the European Diabetes Prevention Study that was coordinated from Finland and completed in 2007. Since then I have progressed our collaboration with European partners.
From 2008 we have worked with practice partners to co-produce the 'New life, New you' intervention for prevention of type 2 diabetes in high risk individuals. We have also co-produced a cultural adaptation of this programme for black and minority ethnic populations.
Fuse: centre for translational research in public health, Healthy Ageing Research Programme (HARP)
Newcastle University is a centre of excellence for ageing research. I am recently appointed to the Fuse HARP post doctoral research associate position (PDRA). This two year appointment will involve input to the development of the Fuse HARP strategy. The PDRA appointment also affords the opportunity to plan a programme of research and to apply for funding to support this.
- Goffe L, Penn L, Adams J, Araujo-Soares V, Summerbell CD, Abraham C, White M, Adamson A, Lake AL. The challenges of interventions to promote healthier food in independent takeaways in England: qualitative study of intervention deliverers’ views. BMC Public Health 2018, 18, 1-11.
- Hall KK, Tambekou J, Penn L, Camara A, Balde NM, Sobngwi E. Association between depression, glycaemic control and the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in a diabetic population in Cameroon. South African Journal of Psychiatry 2017, 23(1), a983.
- Moffatt S, Steer M, Lawson S, Penn L, O'Brien N. Link Worker social prescribing to improve health and well-being for people with long-term conditions: qualitative study of service user perceptions. BMJ Open 2017, 7(7), e015203.
- Goffe L, Wrieden W, Penn L, Hillier-Brown F, Lake AA, Araujo-Soares V, Summerbell C, White M, Adamson AJ, Adams J. Reducing the salt added to takeaway food: within-subjects comparison of salt delivered by five and 17 holed salt shakers in controlled conditions. PLoS One 2016, 11(9), e0163093.
- Haste A, Rodrigues AM, Penn L, Bell R, Summerbell CD, White M, Adamson AJ, Sniehotta FF. The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in England: Lessons learnt from process evaluation of the demonstrator site phase. In: 9th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications. 2016, Atlanta, GA, USA: Endocrine Practice.
- Penn L, Dombrowski SU, Sniehotta FF, White M. Perspectives of UK Pakistani women on their behaviour change to prevent type 2 diabetes: qualitative study using the theory domain framework. BMJ Open 2014, 4(7), e004530.
- Penn L, Ryan V, White M. Feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes at 12 months follow-up of a novel community based intervention to prevent Type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk: mixed methods pilot stud. BMJ Open 2013, 3, e003585.
- Penn L, White M, Lindstrom L, den Boer A, Blaak E, Eriksson JG, Feskens E, Ilanne-Parikka P, Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi SM, Walker M, Mathers JC, Uusitupa M, Tuomilehto J. Importance of Weight Loss Maintenance and Risk Prediction in the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes: Analysis of European Diabetes Prevention Study RCT. PLoS One 2013, 8(2), e57143.
- Penn L, Dombrowski SU, Sniehotta FF, White M. Participants' perspectives on making and maintaining behavioural changes in a lifestyle intervention for type 2 diabetes prevention: a qualitative study using the theory domain framework. BMJ Open 2013, 3(6), e002949.
- Penn L, White M, Lindstrom J, den-Boer ATh, Blaak EE, Ericksson JG, Feskens E, Illanne-Parikka P, Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi SM, Walker M, Mathers JC, Uusitupa M, Tuomilehto J. Intensive lifestyle intervention for prevention of type 2 diabetes in adults with impaired glucose tolerance: the European Diabetes Prevention Study, a pooled analysis of three randomised controlled trials from Finland, The Netherlands and the UK. In: 7th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications. 2012, Madrid, Spain: Edizioni Minerva Medica.
- Penn L, Dombrowski S, Sniehotta F, White M. Participant perspectives on a lifestyle intervention for the prevention of type 2 diabetes: a qualitative evaluation within the 'New life, New you' pilot study. In: 7th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications. 2012, Madrid, Spain: Minerva Endocrinologica.
- Adams J, Halligan J, Burges Watson D, Ryan V, Penn L, Adamson AJ, White M. The Change4Life Convenience Store Programme to Increase Retail Access to Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: A Mixed Methods Process Evaluation. PLoS One 2012, 7(6), e39431.
- Thomson RG, Beyer F, Colquhoun J, Critchley J, Eccles M, Faye M, Lambert M, van Moorsel A, Penn L, Prentice M, Sugden B, Wood V. Development and usability testing of a shared decision support tool for cardiovascular risk reduction in primary care. In: 6th International Shared Decision Making Conference. 2011, Maastricht, Netherlands.
- Penn L, Lordon J, Lowry R, Smith W, Mathers JC, Walker M, White M. Translating research evidence to service provision for prevention of type 2 diabetes: development and early outcomes of the ‘New life, New you’ intervention. British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease 2011, 11(4), 175-181.
- Penn L, Boeing H, Boushey CJ, Dragsted LO, Kaput J, Scalbert A, Welch AA, Mathers JC. Assessment of dietary intake: NuGO symposium report. Genes & Nutrition 2010, 5(3), 205-213.
- Penn L, Lordon J, Lowry R, Mathers J, Smith W, Walker M, White M. Towards the translation of research evidence to service provision: experience from North East England, UK. In: Schwarz, P.E.H., Reddy, P., Greaves, C.J., Dunbar, J.A., Schwarz, J, ed. Diabetes Prevention in Practice. Dresden, Germany: WCPD Dresden, 2010, pp.189-196.
- Penn L, White M, Oldroyd J, Walker M, Alberti KGMM, Mathers JC. Prevention of type 2 diabetes in adults with impaired glucose tolerance: the European Diabetes Prevention RCT in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. BMC Public Health 2009, 9, 342.
- Penn LD, Moffatt SM, White M. Participants' perspective on maintaining behaviour change: A qualitative study within the European Diabetes Prevention Study. BMC Public Health 2008, 8(1), 235.