Dr Raghu Lingam
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant
I am a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Child Health at Newcastle University and an Honorary Consultant Community Paediatrician in the Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle. Since 2016 I have been the lead of the Early Life and Adolescence programme within the Fuse Public Health Research Network http://www.fuse.ac.uk/research/earlylifeandadolescence/. I am a clinical academic with specific clinical and research interests in health services research, health inequalities, child development and disability in the UK and Internationally. My research work is based around three strands outlined briefly below:
Health Services Research
I am a co-applicant and Evaluation Lead of the Children and Young People's Health Partnership (CYPHP) (http://www.cyphp.org/) in Lambeth and Southwark, a large health transformation programme with total study cost of over £7 million. CYPHP aims to transform the health service delivery to children in two of the most deprived boroughs of London. The CYPHP model is an innovative, evidence-based approach to reshaping everyday health services through integrating care across four key areas: (1) vertical integrating of care delivered across primary, secondary and tertiary care; (2) horizontal integration of health, education and social care; (3) integration along the life course especially at transition points; and (4) integration across public health and policy and healthcare. Through improving healthcare and strengthening health systems, CYPHP aims to meet current and evolving health needs of children and young people in Lambeth and Southwark and act as an exemplar model of care for children and young people across the country.
I have just been awarded £400,000 to run SILVER (Smart Interventions for Local Vulnerable Families) funded by the Northern Health Services Alliance as part of Connected Health Cities. We aim to develop a Learning Health System for Vulnerable Families building on a personalised citizen record of linked data. Through an integrated data system, we will co-produce with families and key workers a care improvement intervention package SILVER: Smart Interventions for Local Vulnerable Families. The intervention will be an E-platform that will use data from health, criminal justice and social care, to inform the day to day practice of key workers dealing with families currently involved with the UK “Troubled Families Programme”.
I am the senior epidemiologist on the Bill and Melinda Gates funded INSCALE project (http://www.malariaconsortium.org/inscale/ ), which has evaluated an innovative technology based intervention to improve delivery of IMNCI (Integrated Management of Newborn and Child Interventions) by increasing motivation and retention of community based workers in Uganda and Mozambique This project is being written up.
Mental Health And Risk Taking Behaviour
I am PI for the NIHR PHR: SOLID: SuppOrting Looked after Children In Decreasing Drugs and Alcohol feasibility trial to reduce problem drug and alcohol use in Looked after children and Care leavers across the North East. I am also PI for two projects looking at mental health services for young people across North East of England and the perinatal mental health of mothers in rural Yorkshire.
Child Growth And Development:
I am the quantitative lead for the national evaluation of the Best Beginnings: Baby Buddy App to enhance maternal wellbeing and child development.
From 2011-14 I was Coordinator of SPRING (Sustainable Programme Incorporating Nutrition & Games) based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. SPRING is a Wellcome Trust funded programme which aims to develop, and then evaluate, an integrated, up-scalable, culturally appropriate, equitable and sustainable community-based intervention package to promote child survival, growth, development, in India and Pakistan (http://spring.lshtm.ac.uk/). The intervention will be evaluated using a cluster randomised controlled trial following 12,000 newborns and their mothers, and is the biggest study of its type globally.
Implementation and evaluation of the Children and Young People's Health Partnership: Wolfe, C, Wolfe I, Lingam R et al July 2016-2019 Guys and St Tomas’s Charities £7,650,000.00
SOLID (Supporting Looked after children In Decreasing Drugs, and alcohol): A Multi-centre external pilot randomised controlled trial to decrease risky substance use (drugs and alcohol) and enhance mental health and well-being of Looked After Children aged 12 -20 years in the North East of England. Lingam R (PI), Kaner E, McGovern R, Copello A et al NIHR PHR 2016-2018. £501,794.20
SILVER: Smart Interventions for Local Vulnerable Families. Lingam R (PI), Kaner E, Foley T et al. Connected Health Cities, Northern Health Services Alliance. Jan 2017-Jan 2019. £ 399,797.62
Addressing the impact of parental substance misuse on children. McGovern, R, Kaner E, Lingam R et al. Public Health England, Jan 2017-June 2017 £59,903.37
Maternal Mental Health in Rural Communities Lingam R (PI), Newham J, Kaner E, McGovern R. 2016-2018. £40,000
PROMOTE NE: Needs assessment of Young People’s Mental Health. Lingam R (PI), McGovern R, Kaner E et al. Institute of Local Governance. 2016-2017. £44,000
Developing family involved interventions for young people with alcohol use disorders and other linked mental health problems. Alcohol Research UK. McGovern R, Kaner E, Lingam R, McArdle P. 2015-18. £21,000
Resilience Project (Recognition, rEsponse and Structure: achIeving heaLthy chIldren in thE Northeast and north Cumbrian communitiEs) Academic Health Sciences Network NE and Cumbria Agbeko R (PI), Lingam R,Falko S. 2015-2017. £140,000
Prevelance and prediction of rates of Spina Bifida and Downs Syndrome. NEWLIFE Rankin J, Lingam R, et al. 2015-2016 £25,000
Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Fellowship. Murdoch Children Research Institute. Lingam R(PI), Wake, M. 2015-16 $25,000
Baby Buddy multisite evaluation. Best Beginnings/ Big Lottery. Deave T, Coad J, Lingam R, Day C and Kendall S. Collaboration between UWE, Newcastle University, Coventry University, University of HERTS and Kings College London. £170,000
- Implementation evaluation of the Sustainable Programme Incorporating Nutrition & Games (SPRING) program: World Bank Sief Funding. Kirkwood B, Lingam R, Avan B, Hill Z, Skordis J, $756, 396
The potential role of essential fatty acids in the aetiology of ADHD, DCD and Dyslexia. Waterloo Foundation 2012 Lingam R (PI), Golding J, Emmett P. £48,583
National Institute of Health Research Doctoral Fellowship 2007 Lingam R (PI), Emond, A, Golding J £307,985
I teach on the Newcastle University medical student and the Research methods MSC courses. I am currently supervising two PHD students. At the LSHTM, I was the Research Degrees Coordinator for the Department of Population Health. I have supervised several MSC dissertations, chaired 8 PHD upgrading meetings and am a PHD examiner. I am Module Organiser for “Study Design” EPM 201, a distance learning course with over 100 students. I also teach on several courses at the London School including the Advanced Epidemiology short course, Current Issues in Maternal and Perinatal Health and the International Mental Health MSc. From 2011 till 2013 I was academic convenor for the British Association of Community Child Health (BACCH) organising the Annual Scientific meeting during this time.
- Glinianaia SV, Best KE, Lingam R, Rankin J. Predicting the prevalence of cerebral palsy by severity level in children aged 3-15 years across England and Wales by 2020. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Alderson H, McGovern R, Brown R, Howel D, Becker F, Carr L, Copello A, Fouweather T, Kaner E, McArdle P, McColl E, Shucksmith J, Steele A, Vale L, Lingam R. Supporting Looked After Children and Care Leavers In Decreasing Drugs, and alcohol (SOLID): Protocol for a pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial of interventions to decrease risky substance use (drugs and alcohol) and improve mental health of Looked After Children and Care Leavers aged 12 -20 years. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2017, 3, 25.
- Liu T, Lingam R, Lycett K, Mensah FK, Muller J, Hiscock H, Wake M. "How common is it, doctor, and will it get better?" - The longitudinal prevalence and persistence of common child health conditions from 0 to 15 years. JAMA Pediatrics 2016. Submitted.
- Hurt L, Paranjothy S, Lucas PJ, Watson D, Mann M, Giffiths LJ, Bellis M, Lingam R. A systematic review of interventions to enhance health professional contact with parents and infants to improve child development and social and emotional wellbeing in high-income countries. BMJ Open 2016. Submitted.
- Hurt L, Paranjothy S, Lucas PJ, Watson D, Mann M, Griffiths LJ, Ginja S, Paljarvi T, Williams J, Bellis M, Lingam R. A systematic review of interventions to enhance health professional contact with parents and infants to improve child development and social and emotional wellbeing in high-income countries. Report for NHS Wales. 2016. Submitted.
- Lingam R. Evidence-Based Interventions for the Enhanced Maternal & Child Health Service: Review of the Evidence. Collaboration between Newcastle University and Murdoch Children's Research Unit 2016. 2016. Submitted.
- Newham J, Henderson E, McGovern R, Shucksmith J, Spencer L, Geijer-Simpson E, Russell S, Reynolds A, Robalino S, McArdle P, Kaner E, Lingam R. PROMOTE NE Young People's Mental Health Report. 2016. Submitted.
- Manikam L, Dharmaratnam A, Robinson A, Lingam R, Prasad A, Kuah J, Amadi C, Moen C, Alexander E, Ahmed S, Lakhanpaul M. Systematic review of infant and young child nutrition and complementary feeding practices in South Asian families; the Pakistan perspective. Public Health Nutrition 2016. Submitted.
- Manikam L, Dharmaratnam A, Robinson A, Lingam R, Prasad A, Kuah J, Amadi C, Moen C, Alexander E, Ahmed S, Lakhanpaul M. Systematic Review of Infant and Young Children Complementary Feeding Practices in South Asian Families: The Bangladesh Perspective. Public Health Nutrition 2016. Submitted.
- Manikam L, Dharmaratnam A, Robinson A, Lingam R, Prasad A, Kuah J, Amadi C, Moen C, Alexander E, Ahmed S, Lakhanpaul M. Systematic Review of Infant and Young Children Complementary Feeding Practices in South Asian Families: The Developed Countries Perspective. Public Health Nutrition 2016. In Preparation.
- Manikam L, Dharmaratnam A, Robinson A, Lingam R, Prasad A, Kuah J, Amadi C, Moen C, Alexander E, Ahmed S, Lakhanpaul M. Systematic Review of Infant and Young Children Complementary Feeding Practices in South Asian Families: The India Perspective. Public Health Nutrition 2016. Submitted.
- Harrowell I, Hollen L, Lingam R, Emond A. The Impact of Developmental Coordination Disorder on Mental Health in Late Adolescence. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2016. Submitted.
- Nanyonjo A, Bagorogoza B, Kasteng F, Ayebale G, Makumbi F, Tomson G, Källander K. Estimating the cost of referral and willingness to pay for referral to higher-level health facilities: a case series study from an integrated community case management programme in Uganda. BMC Health Services Research 2015, 15, 347.
- Källander K, Strachan D, Soremekun S, Hill Z, Lingam R, Tibenderana J, Kasteng F, Vassall A, Meek S, Kirkwood B. Evaluating the effect of innovative motivation and supervision approaches on community health worker performance and retention in Uganda and Mozambique: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2015, 16, 157.
- Batura N, Hill Z, Haghparast-Bidgoli H, Lingam R, Colbourn T, Kim S, Sikander S, Pulkki-Brannstrom A, Rahman A, Kirkwood B, Skordis-Worrall J. Highlighting the evidence gap: How cost effective are interventions to improve early childhood nutrition and development?. Health Policy and Planning 2015, 30(6), 813-821.
- Creavin AL, Lingam R, Steer C, Williams C. Ophthalmic Abnormalities and Reading Impairment. Pediatrics 2015, 135(6), 1057-1065.
- Thondoo M, Strachan DL, Nakirunda M, Ndima S, Muiambo A, Källander K, Hill Z. Potential Roles of Mhealth for Community Health Workers: Formative Research With End Users in Uganda and Mozambique. JMIR mHealth uHealth 2015, 3(3), e76-e76.
- Jerrim J, Friend A, Lingam R, Vignoles A. To what extent is the socio-economic gradient in children's reading skills due to genetics?. British Educational Research Journal 2015, 41(1), 6-29.
- Golding J, Emmett P, Iles-Caven Y, Steer C, Lingam R. A review of environmental contributions to childhood motor skills. Journal of Child Neurology 2014, 29(11), 1531-1547.
- Zafar S, Sikander S, Haq Z, Hill Z, Lingam R, Skordis-Worrall J, Hafeez A, Kirkwood B, Rahman A. Integrating maternal psychosocial well-being into a child-development intervention: the five-pillars approach. Annals of the New York Academy of Science 2014, 1308, 107-117.
- Golding J, Gregory S, Iles-Caven Y, Lingam R, Davis JM, Emmett P, Steer CD, Hibbeln JR. Parental, Prenatal, and Neonatal Associations With Ball Skills at Age 8 Using an Exposome Approach. Journal of Child Neurology 2014, 29(10), 1390-1398.
- Lingam R, Steer CD, Golding J, Emmett P, Iles-Caven Y, Hibbeln JR. Preconception, prenatal and neonatal environmental associations of Developmental Coordination Disorder using an exposome methodology. PLOS One 2014. Submitted.
- Lingam R, Gupta P, Zafar S, Hill Z, Yousafzai A, Iyengar S, Sikander S, Haq Z, Mehta S, Skordis-Worrel J, Rahman A, Kirkwood B. Understanding care and feeding practices: building blocks for a sustainable intervention in India and Pakistan. Annals of New York Academy of Science 2014, 1308, 204-217.
- Schoemaker M, Lingam R, Jongmans MJ, Van Heuvelen MJG, Emond A. Is severity of motor coordination difficulties related to co-morbidity in children at risk for developmental coordination disorder?. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2013, 34(10), 3084-3091.
- Schoemaker M, Lingam R. Is severity of motor coordination difficulties related to co-morbidity in children at risk for Developmental Coordination Disorder? Research in developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2013, 34(10), 3084-3091.
- Odd DE, Lingam R, Emond A, Whitelaw A. Movement outcomes of infants born moderate and late preterm. Acta Paediatrica 2013, 102(9), 876-82.
- Lingam R. Nurturing human capital along the life course: investing in early child development. World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland, 2013.
- Creavin AL, Lingam R, Northstone K. Opthalmic abnormalities in children with developmental coordination disorder. Dev Med Child Neurology 2013.
- Lingam R, Ellis M, Naqvi H, Mytton J. The feasibility of using local general practice data to estimate the prevalence of childhood disabling conditions. Child:care, health and development 2013, 39(1), 55-60.
- Lingam R, Novak C, Emond A, Coad JE. The importance of identity and empowerment to teenagers with developmental co-ordination disorder. Child Care Health and Development 2013.
- Lingam R. European Academy for Childhood Disability (EACD): Recommendations on the definition, diagnosis and intervention of developmental coordination disorder 2012. Expert Panel. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2012, 54(11), e1-e7.
- MacArthur G, Kipping R, White J, Chittleborough C, Lingam R, Pasch K, Gunnell D, Hickman M, Campbell R. Individual family and school-level interventions for preventing multiple risk behaviours in individuals aged 8 to 25 years. Cochrane Library 2012.
- Lingam R, Jongmans MJ, Ellis M, Hunt LP, Golding J, Emond A. Mental Health Difficulties in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Pediatrics 2012, 129(4), e882-e891.
- Novak C, Lingam R, Coad J, Emond A. 'Providing more scaffolding': Parenting a child with developmental co-ordination disorder, a hidden disability. 38 2012, (6), 829-35.
- Green D, Lingam R, Mattocks C, Riddoch C, Ness A, Emond A, GMS team. The risk of reduced physical activity in children with probable Developmental Coordination Disorder: A prospective longitudinal study. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2011, 32(4), 1332-1342.
- Lingam R, Golding J, Jongmans MJ, Hunt LP, Ellis M, Emond A. The association between developmental coordination disorder and other developmental traits. Pediatrics 2010, 126(5), e1109-18.
- Lingam R, Missiuna C, Forsyth K, Emond A. Developmental Coordination Disorder: a physicians guide to assessment and diagnosis. American Academy of Pediatrics AAP Section Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrics Newsletter Fall 2009 2009.
- Lingam R, Hunt L, Golding J, Jongmans M, Edmond A. Prevalence of developmental coordination disorder using the DSM-IV at 7 years of age: a UK population-based study. Pediatrics 2009, 123(4), e693-700.
- Erlewyn-Lajeunesse M, Manek R, Lingam R, Finn A, Emond A. Anaphylaxis following single component measles and rubella immunisation. Archives of disease in childhood 2008, 93(11), 974-5.
- Lingam R, Simmons A, Andrews N, Miller E, Stowe J, Taylor B. Prevalence of autism and parentally reported triggers in a north east London population. Archives of disease in childhood 2003, 88(8), 666-70.
- Taylor B, Lingam R, Simmons A, Stowe J, Miller E, Andrews N. Autism and MMR vaccination in North London: no causal relationship. Molecular Psychiatry 2002, 7, Suppl 2:S7-8.
- Taylor B, Miller E, Lingam R, Andrews N, Simmons A, Stowe J. Measles, mumps and rubella vaccination and bowel problems or developmental regression in children with autism: population study. BMJ 2002, 324(7334), 393-396.
- Andrews N, Miller E, Taylor B, Lingam R, Simmons A, Stowe J, Waight P. Recall bias, MMR and autism. Archives of disease in childhood 2002, 87(6), 493-4.