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Dr Christian Blickem

Biography

Christian Blickem is a Teaching and Research Fellow in Public Health who contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Christian’s research interests have focussed on health inequalities and broadening the scope of self-management support to meet the clinical and social needs for people with long-term health problems who are socially disadvantaged. One of the key aims of Christian’s work has been to explore ways of utilising local networks to improve the health and wellbeing of people who live in challenging circumstances.

Christian was recently the Chief Investigator of the BRIGHT trial which evaluated a self-care intervention to improve social networks of support. This intervention (PLANS) significantly improved blood pressure control and health-related quality of life in people with chronic kidney disease.

Christian has expertise in self-management of chronic conditions, healthcare interventions and qualitative research methods. Christian has authored a number of articles published in international journals.

Research Grants

• How effective, accessible and acceptable are self-management interventions for men with long-term conditions? Amount of award: £151,968.80 Awarding body: NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme Date of award: December 2012 Role: Co-investigator.
• A randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the BRIGHT (Bringing Information & Guided Help Together) intervention for the management stage 3 chronic kidney disease in primary care. Amount of award: £118,5000.00 Awarding body: NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research Date of award: 01/01/2012 Role: Principal investigator.
• Feasibility and acceptability of a patient-led assessment tool linking primary care to health-relevant community resources. Amount of award: £130,371 Awarding body: NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research Date of award: 01/03/2012 Role: Principal investigator
• Voluntary Organisations Community Groups And Local Networks of Support (VOCALS): A qualitative study of community networks of health. Amount of award: £234,545 Awarding body: NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research Date of award: 01/05/2012 Role: Co-investigator.

Degrees

2008, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, PhD Education
2002, The Univeristy of East London, United Kingdom, BSc Anthropology (First Class)

Publications

Highlighted publications

Daker-White G, Rogers A, Kennedy A, Blakeman T, Blickem C, Chew-Graham C. 2015. Non-disclosure of chronic kidney disease in primary care and the limits of instrumental rationality in chronic illness self-management SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 131 :31-39 >DOI >Link

Galdas P, Fell J, Bower P, Kidd L, Blickem C, McPherson K, Hunt K, Gilbody S, Richardson G. 2015. The effectiveness of self-management support interventions for men with long-term conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis BMJ OPEN, 5 >DOI >Link

Patel NR, Chew-Graham C, Bundy C, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Reeves D. 2015. Illness beliefs and the sociocultural context of diabetes self-management in British South Asians: a mixed methods study BMC FAMILY PRACTICE, 16 >DOI >Link

Mossabir R, Morris R, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Rogers A. 2015. A scoping review to understand the effectiveness of linking schemes from healthcare providers to community resources to improve the health and well-being of people with long-term conditions HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, 23 :467-484 >DOI >Link

Reeves D, Blickem C, Vassilev I, Brooks H, Kennedy A, Richardson G, Rogers A. 2014. The Contribution of Social Networks to the Health and Self-Management of Patients with Long-Term Conditions: A Longitudinal Study PLOS ONE, 9 >DOI >Link

Blickem C, Kennedy A, Jariwala P, Morris R, Bowen R, Vassilev I, Brooks H, Blakeman T, Rogers A. 2014. Aligning everyday life priorities with people's self-management support networks: an exploration of the work and implementation of a needs-led telephone support system BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 14 >DOI >Link

Blakeman T, Blickem C, Kennedy A, Reeves D, Bower P, Gaffney H, Gardner C, Lee V, Jariwala P, Dawson S, Mossabir R, Brooks H, Richardson G, Spackman E, Vassilev I, Chew-Graham C, Rogers A. 2014. Effect of Information and Telephone-Guided Access to Community Support for People with Chronic Kidney Disease: Randomised Controlled Trial PLOS ONE, 9 >DOI >Link

Galdas P, Darwin Z, Kidd L, Blickem C, McPherson K, Hunt K, Bower P, Gilbody S, Richardson G. 2014. The accessibility and acceptability of self-management support interventions for men with long term conditions: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 14 >DOI >Link

Daker-White G, Sanders C, Rogers A, Vassliev I, Blickem C, Cheraghi-Sohi S. 2014. A constellation of misfortune: Narrative accounts of adverse life events, chronic illness, and subjective social status SAGE Open, 4 >DOI

Vassilev I, Rogers A, Sanders C, Cheraghi-Sohi S, Blickem C, Brooks H, Kapadia D, Reeves D, Doran T, Kennedy A. 2014. Social status and living with a chronic illness: An exploration of assessment and meaning attributed to work and employment Chronic Illness, 10 :273-290 >DOI

Vassilev I, Rogers A, Blickem C, Brooks H, Kapadia D, Kennedy A, Sanders C, Kirk S, Reeves D. 2013. Social Networks, the 'Work' and Work Force of Chronic Illness Self-Management: A Survey Analysis of Personal Communities PLOS ONE, 8 >DOI >Link

Blickem C, Kennedy A, Vassilev I, Morris R, Brooks H, Jariwala P, Blakeman T, Rogers A. 2013. Linking people with long-term health conditions to healthy community activities: development of Patient-Led Assessment for Network Support (PLANS) HEALTH EXPECTATIONS, 16 :E48-E59 >DOI >Link

Journal Articles

Madden H, Harris J, Blickem C, Harrison R, Timpson H. 2017. "Always paracetamol, they give them paracetamol for everything": a qualitative study examining Eastern European migrants' experiences of the UK health service BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 17 >DOI >Link

Madden H, Harris J, Blickem C, Harrison R, Timpson H. 2017. "Always paracetamol, they give them paracetamol for everything": a qualitative study examining Eastern European migrants' experiences of the UK health service. BMC Health Serv Res, 17 :604 >DOI >Link

Rogers A, Vassilev I, Brooks H, Kennedy A, Blickem C. 2016. Brief encounters: what do primary care professionals contribute to peoples' self-care support network for long-term conditions? A mixed methods study BMC FAMILY PRACTICE, 17 >DOI >Link

Patel NR, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Reeves D, Chew-Graham C. 2016. "I'm Managing My Diabetes between Two Worlds": Beliefs and Experiences of Diabetes Management in British South Asians on Holiday in the East-A Qualitative Study JOURNAL OF DIABETES RESEARCH, >DOI >Link

Daker-White G, Rogers A, Kennedy A, Blakeman T, Blickem C, Chew-Graham C. 2015. Non-disclosure of chronic kidney disease in primary care and the limits of instrumental rationality in chronic illness self-management SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 131 :31-39 >DOI >Link

Jeffries M, Mathieson A, Kennedy A, Kirk S, Morris R, Blickem C, Vassilev I, Rogers A. 2015. Participation in voluntary and community organisations in the United Kingdom and the influences on the self-management of long-term conditions HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, 23 :252-261 >DOI >Link

Patel NR, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Rogers A, Reeves D, Chew-Graham C. 2015. Having diabetes and having to fast: A qualitative study of British Muslims with diabetes Health Expectations, 18 :1698-1708 >DOI

Galdas P, Darwin Z, Fell J, Kidd L, Bower P, Blickem C, McPherson K, Hunt K, Gilbody S, Richardson G. 2015. A systematic review and metaethnography to identify how effective, cost-effective, accessible and acceptable self-management support interventions are for men with long-term conditions (SELF-MAN) Health Services and Delivery Research, 3 :1-302 >DOI

Patel NR, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Rogers A, Reeves D, Chew-Graham C. 2015. Having diabetes and having to fast: a qualitative study of British Muslims with diabetes HEALTH EXPECTATIONS, 18 :1698-1708 >DOI >Link

Galdas P, Fell J, Bower P, Kidd L, Blickem C, McPherson K, Hunt K, Gilbody S, Richardson G. 2015. The effectiveness of self-management support interventions for men with long-term conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis BMJ OPEN, 5 >DOI >Link

Patel NR, Chew-Graham C, Bundy C, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Reeves D. 2015. Illness beliefs and the sociocultural context of diabetes self-management in British South Asians: a mixed methods study BMC FAMILY PRACTICE, 16 >DOI >Link

Morris R, Kirk S, Kennedy A, Vassilev I, Mathieson A, Jeffries M, Blickem C, Brooks H, Sanders C, Rogers A. 2015. Connecting local support: A qualitative study exploring the role of voluntary organisations in long-term condition management Chronic Illness, 11 :140-155 >DOI

Mossabir R, Morris R, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Rogers A. 2015. A scoping review to understand the effectiveness of linking schemes from healthcare providers to community resources to improve the health and well-being of people with long-term conditions HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, 23 :467-484 >DOI >Link

Gaffney H, Blakeman T, Blickem C, Kennedy A, Reeves D, Dawson S, Mossabir R, Bower P, Gardner C, Lee V, Rogers A. 2014. Predictors of patient self-report of chronic kidney disease: baseline analysis of a randomised controlled trial BMC FAMILY PRACTICE, 15 >DOI >Link

Kennedy A, Rogers A, Blickem C, Daker-White G, Bowen R. 2014. Developing cartoons for long-term condition self-management information BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 14 >DOI >Link

Rogers A, Brooks H, Vassilev I, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Reeves D. 2014. Why less may be more: a mixed methods study of the work and relatedness of 'weak ties' in supporting long-term condition self-management IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE, 9 >DOI >Link

Reeves D, Blickem C, Vassilev I, Brooks H, Kennedy A, Richardson G, Rogers A. 2014. The Contribution of Social Networks to the Health and Self-Management of Patients with Long-Term Conditions: A Longitudinal Study PLOS ONE, 9 >DOI >Link

Blickem C, Kennedy A, Jariwala P, Morris R, Bowen R, Vassilev I, Brooks H, Blakeman T, Rogers A. 2014. Aligning everyday life priorities with people's self-management support networks: an exploration of the work and implementation of a needs-led telephone support system BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 14 >DOI >Link

Blakeman T, Blickem C, Kennedy A, Reeves D, Bower P, Gaffney H, Gardner C, Lee V, Jariwala P, Dawson S, Mossabir R, Brooks H, Richardson G, Spackman E, Vassilev I, Chew-Graham C, Rogers A. 2014. Effect of Information and Telephone-Guided Access to Community Support for People with Chronic Kidney Disease: Randomised Controlled Trial PLOS ONE, 9 >DOI >Link

Galdas P, Darwin Z, Kidd L, Blickem C, McPherson K, Hunt K, Bower P, Gilbody S, Richardson G. 2014. The accessibility and acceptability of self-management support interventions for men with long term conditions: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 14 >DOI >Link

Daker-White G, Sanders C, Rogers A, Vassliev I, Blickem C, Cheraghi-Sohi S. 2014. A constellation of misfortune: Narrative accounts of adverse life events, chronic illness, and subjective social status SAGE Open, 4 >DOI

Vassilev I, Rogers A, Sanders C, Cheraghi-Sohi S, Blickem C, Brooks H, Kapadia D, Reeves D, Doran T, Kennedy A. 2014. Social status and living with a chronic illness: An exploration of assessment and meaning attributed to work and employment Chronic Illness, 10 :273-290 >DOI

Blickem C, Blakeman T, Kennedy A, Bower P, Reeves D, Gardner C, Lee V, Chew-Graham C, Richardson G, Brooks H, Dawson S, Mossabir R, Jariwala P, Swallow A, Kontopantelis E, Gaffney H, Small N, Spackman E, Rogers A. 2013. The clinical and cost-effectiveness of the BRinging Information and Guided Help Together (BRIGHT) intervention for the self-management support of people with stage 3 chronic kidney disease in primary care: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial TRIALS, 14 >DOI >Link

Vassilev I, Rogers A, Blickem C, Brooks H, Kapadia D, Kennedy A, Sanders C, Kirk S, Reeves D. 2013. Social Networks, the 'Work' and Work Force of Chronic Illness Self-Management: A Survey Analysis of Personal Communities PLOS ONE, 8 >DOI >Link

Blickem C, Kennedy A, Vassilev I, Morris R, Brooks H, Jariwala P, Blakeman T, Rogers A. 2013. Linking people with long-term health conditions to healthy community activities: development of Patient-Led Assessment for Network Support (PLANS) HEALTH EXPECTATIONS, 16 :E48-E59 >DOI >Link

Small N, Blickem C, Blakeman T, Panagioti M, Chew-Graham CA, Bower P. 2013. Telephone based self-management support by 'lay health workers' and 'peer support workers' to prevent and manage vascular diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 13 >DOI >Link

Patel N, Kennedy A, Chew-Graham C, Blickem C, Bower P. 2012. Measuring diabetes health beliefs in the South Asian population: A narrative systematic review of feasibility and validity Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 9 :57-70

Vassilev I, Rogers A, Sanders C, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Protheroe J, Bower P, Kirk S, Chew-Graham C, Morris R. 2011. Social networks, social capital and chronic illness self-management: A realist review (Chronic Illness (2011) 7, (60-86)) Chronic Illness, 7 :99 >DOI

Vassilev I, Rogers A, Sanders C, Kennedy A, Blickem C, Protheroe J, Bower P, Kirk S, Chew-Graham C, Morris R. 2011. Social networks, social capital and chronic illness self-management: A realist review Chronic Illness, 7 :60-86 >DOI

Rogers A, Vassilev I, Sanders C, Kirk S, Chew-Graham C, Kennedy A, Protheroe J, Bower P, Blickem C, Reeves D, Kapadia D, Brooks H, Fullwood C, Richardson G. 2011. Social networks, work and network-based resources for the management of long-term conditions: a framework and study protocol for developing self-care support IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE, 6 >DOI >Link

Blickem C, Bower P, Protheroe J, Kennedy A, Vassilev I, Sanders C, Kirk S, Chew-Graham C, Rogers A. 2011. The role of information in supporting self-care in vascular conditions: a conceptual and empirical review HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, 19 :449-459 >DOI >Link

Blickem C, Priyadharshini E. 2007. Patient narratives: The potential for "patient-centred" interprofessional learning? Journal of Interprofessional Care, 21 :619-632 >DOI

Sekules V, Blickem CC, Peel C. 2006. Method in our madness: Why we need to value research in art gallery education Engage, :44-52

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Patel NR, Reeves D, Blickem C, Kennedy AP, Chew-Graham CA. 2014. SALIENT BELIEFS ABOUT FASTING IN BRITISH MUSLIMS WITH DIABETES: A QUALITATIVE STUDY INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (ICBM 2014) 21 :S85-S85 >Link

Books

Kennedy A, Blakeman T, Blickem CC. 2011. Keeping your kidneys healthy: self help guidebook Centre for Primary Care, The University of Manchester

Chapters

Blickem CC, Priyadharshini E. 2005. From the objectifying gaze to compound vision: Using patient narratives in the education of health professionals Richards JK. International Perspectives on Education and Training Atiner