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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. I am also Director of the Organ Donor and Transplant Research Centre. I am the Research Lead for the Unit of Assessment 3 (Health) for the REF, and authored the world-leading 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.

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 in 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 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:

  • Co-Chair of the European Working Party on Public Issues in Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Chairman, Transplant 2020 Stakeholder Group
  • National Member, Evidence Update Group – Organ Donation, NICE
  • National Member, National Black and Minority Ethnic Transplant Alliance

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 the Human Tissue Authority.

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, 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
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Kidney Disease
  • End-of-life care
  • Tele-health
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Mental health
  • Cancer
  • Social Prescription

Recent Research Projects

  • Luton Flying Start – Evaluation of the impact of Flying Start. 2015-18. G Randhawa.
  • Luton Flying Start – PhD Studentship – Examining the role of fathers on children aged 0-5years. 2015-18. S Puthussery & G Randhawa.
  • Steel Trust – PhD Studentship - Investigating low birth weights and high infant mortality rates among Pakistani women. £60,000. 2013-16. N Ali & G Randhawa.
  • NHS Blood & Transplant. Role of GP practices in 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.
    • Council of Deans Health. Supporting Nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students to raise concerns with the quality of care: a systematic literature review. 2015-2016. F Milligan, M Wareing, M Preston-Shoot, G Randhawa & Y Pappas.
    • Luton Borough Council and Luton CCG. Evaluation of social prescription programme in Luton. 2015-2018. Y Pappas & G Randhawa.

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 (2016) Communicating organ donation to different communities: “Impact of globalisation and immigration in Europe for organ donation – lessons from the UK”26th European Dialysis and Transplant Co-ordinators Congress, Barcelona, Spain, October.
  2. Randhawa (2015) Public engagement with organ donation – lessons from the UK. 24th Annual meeting of the Deutsche Transplantationsgesellschaft (DTG), Dresden, Germany, October.
  3. Randhawa (2015) Public engagement with organ donation – lessons from the UK. 8th National Association of Transplant Co-ordinators Conference, Chennai, India, October.
  4. Randhawa (2015) Faith engagement and organ donation action plan. Faith leaders summit, University of Derby, September.
  5. Randhawa (2015) Gender and organ donation – a strategy to create a revolution in public behaviour on organ donation.  14th Congress of the Asian Society for Transplantation, Suntec City, Singapore, August.
  6. Randhawa (2015) Increasing consent from ethnic minorities for deceased organ donation. 14th Congress of the Asian Society for Transplantation, Suntec City, Singapore, August.
  7. Randhawa (2015) Promoting conversations about organ donation in a multi-ethnic and multi-faith context. Faith and Organ Donation Conference, Beardmore Conference Centre, Clydebank, June.
  8. Randhawa (2015) Communicating organ donation to different communities: “Impact of globalisation and immigration in Europe for organ donation – lessons from the UK”. 10th Competent Authority Meeting on Organ Donation and Transplantation. European Commission, Brussels, March.
  9. Randhawa (2015) Faith and organ donation. Evaluating faith-based responses to healthcare challenges. Faith Action, Royal Society of Arts, London, March.
  10. Randhawa G (2014) Engaging UK Public with Organ Donation. South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust. September.
  11. Randhawa G (2014) Impact of immigration in Europe and organ donation. Eurotransplant, Leiden, September.
  12. Randhawa G (2014) Organ donation in diverse populations, learning from the UK. World Transplant Congress, San Francisco
  13. Randhawa (2014) Organ donation Faith Action Plan. London Organ Donation Regional meeting. Guys Hospital, London, May.
  14. Randhawa (2014) Organ donation in a multi-ethnic and multi-faith context. Put your faith in organ donation, Council Chambers, Birmingham, April.

Recent Publications

Recent Books and book chapters

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

Recent Reports

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). http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://www.aomrc.org.uk/all-publications/reports-guidance/ukdec/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
  7. 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. Wilkinson, E., Waqar, M., Randhawa, G., Tomlin, A. & Sinclair, A.  (2016) Diabetes, Older people and Ethnicity: a realist review of the literature. Journal of Diabetes Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/8030627
  2. Ali N, McLachlan N, Kanwar D & Gurch Randhawa (2016) Pakistani young people’s views on barriers to accessing mental health services, International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, DOI:10.1080/17542863.2016.1248456
  3. Wilkinson, E, Randhawa, G, Brown E, Da Silva Gane, M, Stoves G, Warwick, G, Akhtar T, Magee R, Sharman S, Farrington, K. (2016) Exploring access to end of life care for South Asian people with end stage renal disease through recruitment in action research. BMC Palliative Care. DOI: 10.1186/s12904-016-0128-1
  4. Sharp C & Randhawa G (2016) Conducting Focus Groups and Interviews for Health Research among the Polish community: Insights and Experiences. Polish annals of Medicine http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.poamed.2016.06.006
  5. Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., Chater, A & Pang, D.  (2016) Geographical dispersion of calls made to NHS Direct: The impact of location on the uptake of telephone based healthcare. International Journal of Emerging Technology and Advanced Engineering .6: 6, 39-47.
  6. Tzouvara, V, Papadopoulos C & Randhawa (2016) Challenges and barriers to nursing homes recruitment: Lessons learned from a quantitative cross-sectional pilot study. Nurse Researcher. 23, 4, 35-39.
  7. Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., Chater, A, & Ali, N. (2016) Satisfaction of using a nurse-led telephone based healthcare service among mothers and caregivers of young children. Journal of Health Policy and Technology.5: 113-122. Doi:10.1016/j.hlpt.2015.12.002
  8. Randhawa G & Neuberger J (2016) The role of religion in organ donation - Development of the UK Faith and Organ Donation Action. Transplantation Proceedings. 48: 3, 689–694. doi:10.1016/j.transproceed.2015.10.074
  9. Sharp C & Randhawa G (2016) The potential role of social capital in deceased organ donation:  A case study of UK Polish migrants. Transplant Proceedings.48:3, 680-688.doi:10.1016/j.transproceed.2015.10.063
  10. Sharp C & Randhawa G (2016) Death practices, attitudes toward the body after death and life after death in deceased organ donation: A UK Polish migrant perspective. Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine 6: 262. doi:10.4172/2165-7386.1000262
  11. Cook E, Randhawa G, Sharp C, Ali N, Guppy A, Barton A,  Bateman A, Crawford-White (2016) Exploring the factors that affect decisions to use and engage with an integrated assistive telehealth and telecare service: a nested qualitative study of patient 'users' and 'non-users'. BMC Health Services Research. Doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1379-5.
  12. Tzouvara, V, Papadopoulos C & Randhawa G (2016) Systematic review of the prevalence of mental illness stigma within the Greek culture. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 62(3) 292-305, doi: 10.1177/00200764016629699.
  13. Cook E, Sharp C, Randhawa G, Guppy A, Gangotra R & Cox J (2016) Who uses NHS Health Checks? Investigating the impact of ethnicity and gender and method of invitation on uptake of NHS Health Checks. International Journal of Equity in Health. 15(1):13. doi: 10.1186/s12939-016-0303-2.
  14. Rose C, Nickerson P, Delmonico F, Randhawa G, Gill J, Gill JS. (2015) Estimation of potential deceased donors in Canada. Transplantation.
  15. Tzouvara, V, Papadopoulos C & Randhawa G (2015) A narrative review of the theoretical foundations of loneliness. British Journal of Community Nursing. 20, 329-34.
  16. Garcia R, Ali N, Papadopoulos C, Randhawa G (2015) Specific antenatal interventions for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) pregnant women at high risk of poor birth outcomes in the United Kingdom: A scoping review. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
  17. Milligan F, Gadsby R, Ghaleb M, Ivory P, McKeaveney C, Newton K, Smith J, Randhawa G (2015) Going beyond blame: reporting NHS medication errors in nursing home residents with diabetes. British Journal of General Practice. 65, 372-3.
  18. Morgan M, Sims J, Jain N, Randhawa G, Sharma S & Modi K (2015) Inequalities in waiting times for kidney transplantation among Black and minority ethnic groups: causes and strategies. British Journal of Renal Medicine. 20(1):4-7.
  19. Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A. (2015) A national study of urgent and emergency referrals from NHS Direct. BMJ Open.
  20. Ajaz M, Ali N & Randhawa, G (2015) UK Pakistani views on the adverse health risks associated with consanguineous marriages. Journal of Community Genetics, DOI: 10.1007/s12687-015-0214-8
  21. Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A .,Chater, A. & Pang, D. (2014) Who uses NHS Direct?  Investigating the impact of ethnicity on the uptake of telephone based healthcare. International Journal for Equity in Health. Nov 7;13(1):99
  22. Milligan F, Gadsby R, Ghaleb M, McKeaveney C, Newton K, Randhawa G, Smith J & Sinclair A. (2014) Reporting medication errors: residents with diabetes. Journal of Nursing and Residential Care, 16; 617-621.
  23. Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., Chater, A, & Ali, N. (2014) Barriers and facilitators to using NHS Direct: a qualitative study of ‘users’ and ‘non-users’. BMC Health Services Research. Oct 25;14:487. doi: 10.1186/s12913-014-0487-3
  24. Sharp C & Randhawa G (2014) UK Polish migrant attitudes toward deceased organ donation: Findings from a pilot study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. DOI 10.1007/s10903-014-0070-3
  25. Wilkinson E, Randhawa G, Brown E, Da Silva Gane M, Stoves G, Warwick G, Atkhar T, Magee R, Sharman S, Farrington, K. (2014) Communication as care at end of life: an emerging issue from an exploratory action research study of renal end of life care for ethnic minorities in the UK.  Journal of Renal Care, 40, S1, 23-29.
  26. Sharp C & Randhawa G (2014) Altruism, gift giving and reciprocity in organ donation: A review of cultural perspectives and challenges of the concepts. Transplantation Reviews, 28, 163-8.
  27. Wilkinson E, Randhawa G & Singh M. (2014) Quality improvements in culturally competent diabetes care, how holistic have they been? A case-study from the United Kingdom. International Journal for Equity in Health. 15;13:29. doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-13-29.
  28. Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., Chater, A, & Ali, N. (2014) A qualitative exploration of service providers’ views towards the uptake of NHS Direct. Journal of Health Policy and Technology.3, 132-138.
  29. Wilkinson E, Randhawa G & Singh M. (2014) What’s the worry with diabetes? Learning from the experiences of White European and South Asian people with a new diagnosis of diabetes. Primary Care Diabetes, 8, 181-186.
  30. Sharp C & Randhawa G (2014) Organ donation as an ‘altruistic gift’: Incentives and reciprocity in deceased organ donation from a UK Polish migrant perspective. Annals of Transplantation. 19, 23-31.

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