Professor Raghu Lingam is Professor in Paediatric Population Health at the University of New South Wales, Honorary Professor at the Black Dog Institute and a Consultant Community Paediatrician in the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. He has set up and leads the Population Child Health Research group at UNSW and co-leads of the Kids to Adults clinical academic group as part of Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). Raghu is a senior clinical academic with clinical and research interests in children and young people’s health services research. His expertise is in the development and evaluation of health services interventions that are evaluated at scale; he has run randomised controlled trials in the Australia, UK, India, Pakistan, Uganda, and Mozambique. In the digital space he has co-developed the SILVER intervention as part of the UK Digital Connected Cities initiative, using linked data to frame service development for UK families, and has recently evaluated the Australian Child Digital Health Record. He co-leads the Children and Young Peoples’ Health Partnership (CYPHP) a health systems transformation initiative for over 120,000 children in London based around a primary care-based learning health system. He has been an invited speaker at the World Health Organisation, Early Childhood Development meeting (2013), NHS Expo (2016) European academy of Childhood disability (2013), The New York Academy of Sciences (2012 and 2013) and board member for the National Child Digital Collaborative (2018) and NSW Child Health Review 2020. Over the last 5 years he has attracted over £11.5million of UK research funding from the UK NIHR, World Bank, national charity and Government funding. In Australia he has attracted just over 7 million dollars of research funding over the last two years.
Raghu's research work is based around three strands:
Health Systems Research
He is co-PI 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 £7.5 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. He was PI for the SILVER (Smart Interventions for Local Vulnerable Families) project funded by the Northern Health Services Alliance as part of Connected Health Cities. The project aims to develop a Learning Health System for Vulnerable Families building on a personalised citizen record of linked data. The co-developed 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 involved with these services. Raghu is 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.
Working with priority populations
He is PI for the NIHR PHR: SOLID: SuppOrting Looked after Children In Decreasing Drugs and Alcohol feasibility trial to reduce problem drug and alcohol use and enhance mental health of 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. In Newcastle he was 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”.
Best start in life
Raghu is the quantitative lead for the UK national evaluation of the Best Beginnings: Baby Buddy App to enhance maternal well-being and child development. From 2011-14 he 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 and sustainable community-based intervention package to promote child survival, growth, development, in India and Pakistan (http://spring.lshtm.ac.uk/). The intervention is being evaluated using a cluster randomised controlled trial following 12,000 newborns and their mothers, and is the biggest study of its type globally.