Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

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 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 InternationallyMy 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) ( 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 ( ), 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 ( 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.


 Research Grants

  • 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.