Professor Gurch Randhawa PhD FFPH DL

Professor of Diversity in Public Health and Director, Institute for Health Research

Gurch Randhawa

I am a Professor of Diversity in Public Health and Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire. The Institute for Health Research hosts a thriving health research programme, examining issues throughout the whole of the life-course from pre-conception to end-of-life care. I am the Research Lead for the Unit of Assessment 3 (Health) for the REF2021, and authored the world-leading UoA3 submission for REF2014.

I have a unique mix of Public Sector Board Leadership experience, Government public health advisory experience, and extensive Patient and Public Involvement research track-record. I currently serve as an Expert Adviser to the NICE Centre for Guidelines and as a Member of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee; as well as bring a Facilitator for the UK Faculty of Public Health’s Accredited Practitioner Program. I am contributing to the national effort on COVID19 management as

  • National Member, NHS England, Clinical Advisory Group - Workforce Cell – Disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on NHS Black Asian and Minority Ethnic staff – current
  • National Member, Public Health England/Joint Biosecurity Centre/NHS Test and Trace Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions Ethics Group (NPEG) current

I am privileged to serve as Deputy Lieutenant for Bedfordshire and support the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out her functions as Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the county.

My research is focused on the development of patient-centred care pathways. I have undertaken research and consultancy on a range of issues COVID-19 & public engagement, diabetes, kidney disease, transplantation, mental health, tele-health, social prescription, cancer and end-of-life care amongst diverse communities.

I am the author of the seminal Faith Engagement & Organ Donation Action Plan [PDF] which was commissioned by NHS Blood and Transplant. The Plan was published in partnership with Faith Leaders and is the first Faith-based Action Plan commissioned by a national public sector body in the UK. The Plan is being used as a blueprint approach for Equality Delivery Systems in the UK and worldwide. I am also Director of the UK Organ Donor and Transplant Research Centre

I have received grants from organisations such as the Department of Health, EU Horizon 2020, Health Education England, National Institute for Health Research, Kidney Research UK, Big Lottery Fund, NHS Blood and Transplant and the King's Fund.

I have received grants from organisations such as the Department of Health, EU Horizon 2020, Health Education England, National Institute for Health Research, Kidney Research UK, Big Lottery Fund, NHS Blood and Transplant and the King's Fund.

I hold a number of policy and practice positions:

  • Non-Executive Director, Forestry England
  • Expert Advisor, NICE Centre for Guidelines, UK
  • Facilitator, Faculty of Public Health Accredited Practitioner Program, UK Faculty of Public Health
  • Honorary Public Health Academic Contract, Public Health England, UK
  • National Member, NHS England, Clinical Advisory Group - Workforce Cell – Disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on NHS Black Asian and Minority Ethnic staff
  • National Member, Public Health England/Joint Biosecurity Centre/NHS Test and Trace Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions Ethics Group (NPEG)
  • Adjunct Professor, Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam
  • Trustee, Race Equality Foundation, UK
  • Chair, Transplant 2020 Stakeholder Group, UK
  • National Member, Organ Donation Deemed Consent Campaign Advisory Group, NHS Blood & Transplant, UK
  • National Member, National Black and Minority Ethnic Transplant Alliance, UK
  • Co-Chair, European Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspect of Transplantation Platform (ELPAT) – Public Issues in Organ Donation & Transplantation
  • National Member, British Medical Association Ethics Committee, UK
  • National Member, Health Inequalities Strategic Advisory Group, Kidney Research UK, UK
  • National Member, Organ Donation & Transplant Strategy Steering Group, NHS Blood & Transplant, UK

I am also a Public Sector Board Governance Expert and have extensive experience as a Board coach, facilitator, consultant and trainer with all levels of leadership in the public and voluntary sectors.

I have over 15 years' experience as a NHS Board member at national and local level in both Chair and Non-Executive Director roles. I’ve created Boards from inception, delivered financial turnaround, produced CQC Improvement Plans. Leadership experience gained, most recently, as Chairman of NHS Bedfordshire & NHS Luton PCT Cluster and as a Non-Executive Director of Forestry England.

I have a specialist knowledge of Board leadership/Strategy development/Public Health/Commissioning issues – Public health workforce development, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Public Health policy development, Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Public health, equalities and diversity research experience gained via working on national and international projects commissioned by Government bodies.

Other References

Qualifications

  • PhD

Teaching Role

  • PhD supervision
  • MSc Public Health
  • Short courses in Health Inequalities, Public Health Project Management, Healthcare Commissioning

Research Interests

  • Health inequalities
  • COVID19 and public engagement
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Kidney Disease
  • End-of-life care
  • Tele-health
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Mental health
  • Cancer
  • Social Prescription

Recent Research Projects

  • National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research Programme – PHR Project: 16/139/01 - Investigating the impact of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone on children’s respiratory health 2018-2023. C Griffiths, R Atkinson, S Beevers, J Grigg, F Kelly, I Mudway, A Sheikh, R Walton, G Randhawa, C Newby.
  • CLAHRC North Thames - Investigating the impact of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone on children’s physical activity and obesity. £2018-19. C Griffiths, E Van Sluijs, F Kelly, M Lakhanpaul, A Sheikh, G Randhawa, S Towndrow, P Jones, J Warner, P Littlejohns.
  • Luton Borough Council and Luton CCG. Evaluation of Live Well Luton. 2017-18. Y Pappas & G Randhawa.
  • European Commission – Culture aware robots and environmental systems for elderly support (CARESSES). 2017-20. A Sgorbissa, A Safiotti, I Papdopoulos, C Papadopoulos, G Randhawa, D Hewson, R Gelin, D Sweetland.
  • NHS Blood & Transplant. Feasibility study of GP practices and organ donor registration consent rates. 2016-19. C Papadopoulos & G Randhawa.
  • Health Education England. NHS funded healthcare education programmes: Building the evidence for supporting widening participation. 2015-16. N Ali, G Randhawa, E Cook, B Burden & C Reid.

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

  • Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health
  • Over 15 years experience as NHS Board member at national and local level in both Chair and NED roles.

Conference Presentations

Invited Research Presentations:

  1. Randhawa (2021) Journey of the body and soul: how different faiths have interacted with organ donation, BTS NHSBT Congress 2021 Live (online due to COVID-19).
  2. Randhawa (2021) Public engagement with organ donation Buckinghamshire Health & Social Care Academy, February (online due to COVID-19).
  3. Randhawa (2020) Promoting access and equity in living organ donation – lessons from the UK. International Perspectives on Access & Equity in Living Organ Donation & Transplantation, Centre for Living Organ Donation, Toronto, September (via Zoom due to COVID-19).
  4. Randhawa (2020) COVID-19 – impact of structural inequalities in health. London Health Assembly Committee, London, August (via Zoom due to COVID-19).
  5. Randhawa (2020) BAME communities & COVID-19. Men & COVID-19 Webinar, Men’s Health Forum, June (via Zoom due to COVID-19).
  6. Randhawa (2020) ‘Would you like to join the NHS Organ Donor Register?’ A general practice feasibility study. British Journal of General Practice Annual Conference, Royal College of General Practitioners, London, March.
  7. Randhawa (2020) Public engagement with organ donation among multi-ethnic and multi-faith population – lessons from the UK. Faith, Ethics and Organ Donation, Wolff Institute, University of Cambridge, February.
  8. Randhawa (2019) Does ethnicity play a role in being a donor or a recipient? Dutch Clinical Review Symposium. Utrecht, November.
  9. Randhawa (2019) Organ donation research programme – impact case study. Research Impact: Ready for REF2021. London, October.
  10. Randhawa (2019) Increasing Donation from under-represented donors with an emphasis specifically on Black and Asian donors. 20th European Day for Organ Donation & Transplantation. London, October.
  11. Randhawa (2019) Tackling inequalities in organ donation in the UK – the role of public engagement. Islamic perspectives on organ donation after death. Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham, October.
  12. Randhawa (2019) Developing a culturally competent approach to public engagement and organ donation – lessons from the United Kingdom. European Transcultural Nurses Association. Ceske Budejovice, June.
  13. Randhawa (2019) Promoting organ donation in BAME groups in the UK. 5th International Transplant Conference, University of Warwick, May.
  14. Randhawa (2019) ‘They will finish me off before I am dead’ - challenges & opportunities in organ donation from a multi-ethnic and multi-faith UK population 5th ELPAT Congress, Krakow, April.
  15. Randhawa (2019) How can AI & Robotics help us provide dignified, person-centred care? AI in Health & Care, Royal Society & Academy of Medical Sciences, London, March.
  16. Randhawa (2019) The role of robotics in improving the health of the ageing population. Healthy Ageing – The Grand Challenge, Open Forum Events, Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester, March.
  17. Randhawa (2019) Organ donation from black and minority ethnic communities. Joint Annual British Transplant Society & NHS Blood and Transplant Congress, Harrogate, March.

Recent Publications

Recent Books and book chapters

  1. Randhawa G (2014) Transplant Ethics – The views of UK Faith Leaders. In: Bakr M (Ed) Clinical Renal Transplantation, Mansoura University Publishers.
  2. Randhawa G & Schicktanz S (Eds) (2013) Public Engagement in organ donation and transplantation. Pabst Science Publishers.

Recent Reports

  1. Morgan M, Kenten C, Deedat S, Farsides B , Newton T, Randhawa G, Sims J, Sque M . (2016) Increasing the acceptability and rates of organ donation among minority ethnic groups: a programme of observational and evaluative research on Donation, Transplantation and Ethnicity (DonaTE). Programme Grants for Applied Research, 4(4). dx.doi.org/10.3310/pgfar04040
  2. UK Donation Ethics Committee (2016) Involving the family in deceased organ donation: A discussion paper. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, London. Available from www.aomrc.org.uk/all-publications/reports-guidance/ukdec/
  3. UK Donation Ethics Committee (2016) Non-therapeutic elective ventilation: A discussion paper. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, London. Available from www.aomrc.org.uk/all-publications/reports-guidance/ukdec/
  4. UK Donation Ethics Committee (2016) Ethical framework for donation after confirmation of death using neurological criteria (DBD). Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, London. Available from www.aomrc.org.uk/all-publications/reports-guidance/ukdec/
  5. UK Donation Ethics Committee (2016) Organ Donation from infants with anencephaly. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, London. Available from www.aomrc.org.uk/all-publications/reports-guidance/ukdec/
  6. UK Donation Ethics Committee (2015) Ethical issues in paediatric organ donation: a position paper. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, London. Available from www.aomrc.org.uk/all-publications/reports-guidance/ukdec/
  7. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2014) Organ donation for transplantation: Evidence Update. London: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Available from www.evidence.nhs.uk/evidence-update-51
  8. UK Donation Ethics Committee (2014) Interventions before death to optimise donor organ quality and improve transplant outcomes: Guidance. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, London. Available from www.aomrc.org.uk/donation-ethics-committee.html

Recent Journal Articles

  1. Randhawa G, & Griffiths S (2021) Covid-19 must be a tipping point for inequalities. BMJ Opinion 12 February. blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/02/12/covid-19-must-be-a-tipping-point-for-tackling-inequalities/
  2. Garcia R, Ali N, Guppy A, Griffiths M & Randhawa G (2020) Analysis of routinely collected data: Determining associations of maternal risk factors and infant outcomes with gestationaldiabetes, in Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi and white British pregnant women in Luton, England. Journal of Midwifery. doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2020.102899
  3. CookE, Powell F, AliN, Penn-JonesC, OchiengB, RandhawaG (2020) Parents’ experiences of complementary feeding among a United Kingdom culturally diverse and deprived community. Journal of Maternal & Child Nutrition. doi.org/10.1111/mcn.13108
  4. Singh R, Safri H, Singh S, Ubhi BS, Singh G, Alg G, Randhawa G, Gill S (2020) Under-mask beard cover (Singh Thatthatechnique) for donning respirator masks in COVID-19 patient care. Journal of Hospital Infection. doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2020.09.034
  5. Khan N, Hewson D, Randhawa G. (2020) Effectiveness of integrated chronic care interventions for older people with different frailty levels: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038437
  6. Garcia R, Ali N, Griffiths M & Randhawa G (2020) A qualitative study exploring the experiences of bereavement after stillbirth in Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers living in Luton, UK. Journal of Midwifery. doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2020.102833
  7. Lodder A, Papadopoulos C, & Randhawa G (2020) Using a blended format (videoconference and face to face) to deliver a group psychosocial intervention to parents of autistic children: A pilot randomised controlled trial feasibility study. Journal of Internet Interventions. doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2020.100336
  8. Bamrah JS, Randhawa G, Chand K, Basi J (2020) The NHS is 72 this year, covid-19 has taught us some tough lessons. BMJ Opinion 31 July. blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/07/31/the-nhs-is-72-this-year-covid-19-has-taught-us-some-tough-lessons
  9. Koce FG, Randhawa G, Ochieng B. (2020) A qualitative study of health care providers’ perceptions and experiences of patients bypassing primary healthcare facilities: a focus from Nigeria. Journal of Global Health Reports. doi:10.29392/001c.14138
  10. Lodder A, Papadopoulos C, & Randhawa G (2020) SOLACE: A psychosocial stigma protection intervention to improve the mental health of parents of autistic children: a feasibility randomized controlled trial. Journal of Autism and Development Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04498-0
  11. Jones C, Papadopoulos C, Asghar Z & Randhawa G (2020) Improving access to organ donor registration in general practice – A feasibility study. British Journal of General Practice. doi.org/10.3399/bjgp20X709601
  12. Qureshi I, Ali N, Randhawa G (forthcoming 2020) British South Asian male nurses’ views on the barriers and enablers to entering and progressing in nursing careers. Journal of Nursing Management. doi: 10.1111/jonm.13017
  13. Papadopoulos C, Hill T, Battistuzzi L, Castro N, Nigath A, Randhawa G, Merton L, Kanoria S, Kamide H, Chong NY, Hewson D, Davidson R, Sgorbissa A. (2020) The CARESSES study protocol: testing and evaluating culturally competent socially assistive robots among older adults residing in long term care homes through a controlled experimental trial. Archives of Public Health. doi: 10.1186/s13690-020-00409-y
  14. Davidson R & Randhawa G (2020) The Sign 4 Little Talkers Intervention to improve listening, understanding, speaking and behavior in Hearing among Pre-School children: Outcome Evaluation. JMIR Pediatrics & Parenting. doi:1 0.2196/15348
  15. Aktas M, Randhawa G, Brierley J (2020) Children, organ donation and Islam: a report of an engagement day of Islamic Scholar, young Muslims and pediatric transplant and donation professionals. Pediatric Transplantation. Archives of Disease in Childhood. doi: 10.1111/petr.13677.
  16. Garcia R, Ali N, Guppy A, Griffiths M & Randhawa G (2020) Ethnic differences in risk factors for adverse birth outcomes between Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi.org/10.1111/jan.14209
  17. Pescheny JV, Gunn LH, Pappas Y, Randhawa G (2019) The impact of the Luton social prescribing programme on mental well-being: a quantitative before-and-after study. Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdz155
  18. Pradeep A, Ormandy P, Augustine T, Randhawa G & Whitling M (2019) Attitudes and beliefs regarding organ donation among the South Asians in the UK. Journal of Kidney Care. doi.org/10.12968/jokc.2019.4.4.184
  19. Lemamsha H, Papadopoulos C, Randhawa G (2019) Prevalence of overweight and obesity among Libyan men and women. BioMed Research International. doi.org/10.1155/2019/8531360
  20. Mahon A, Vseteckova J, Tilley E, Pappas Y, and Randhawa G (2019) A Systematic Scoping Review of the Interventions Available During Care Crises for People with Learning or Intellectual Disabilities (LD) who are Cared for by an Ageing Carer within the United Kingdom. Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research, 20(5).
  21. Wilkinson E, Brettle A, Waqar M, Randhawa G (2019) Inequalities and outcomes: end stage kidney disease in ethnic minorities. BMC Nephrology. DOI: 10.1186/s12882-019-1410-2
  22. Constantinou G, Cook E, Garcia R, Randhawa G (2019) Determining the unmet needs of children receiving palliative care from the perspective of parents: a scoping review. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001705
  23. Koce F, Randhawa G, Ochieng B (2019) Understanding healthcare self-referral in Nigeria from the service-users’ perspective: a qualitative study of Niger State. BMC Health Services Research. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-019-4046-9
  24. Lodder A, Papadopoulos C, & Randhawa G (2019) A stigma intervention for caregivers of autistic children: suggestions from the autism community. European Journal of Mental Health EJMH Vol 14 Issue 1 (2019) 58-77; doi.org/10.5708/EJMH.14.2019.1.4
  25. Pedder-Jones C, Papadopoulos C, Randhawa G (2019) Who's opting-in? A demographic analysis of the U.K. NHS Organ Donor Register. PLoS One. 2019 Jan 2;14(1):e0209161. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209161
  26. Qureshi I, Ali N, Hewson D, Randhawa G (2018) What the numbers tell us: a review of nursing course applications, acceptances and attrition rates for British south Asian men. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care. 15 (6): 247-253.
  27. Pescheny J, Randhawa G, Pappas Y (2018) Patient uptake and adherence to social prescribing: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice Open 2018 Aug 8;2(3):bjgpopen18X101598. doi: 10.3399/bjgpopen18X10159

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