Dr David Blane
- Clinical Research Fellow (General Practice & Primary Care)
I am an academic GP with expertise in mixed methods research. I am the Academic Lead for the Deep End GP project in Scotland. Within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, I am Deputy Lead for the Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities (DHHI) theme. I am also the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) representative for Obesity Action Scotland and I am on the RCGP Health Inequalities Standing Group.
- BSc in International Health, University College London (2003)
- MBChB, University of Dundee (2005)
- MRCGP (2010)
- MPH, University of Glasgow (2012)
- PhD, University of Glasgow (2018)
I joined General Practice and Primary Care in August 2011 as a clinical academic fellow and, in 2013, was awarded a CSO Clinical Academic Training Fellowship to undertake a PhD on "understanding the role of primary care in the management of co-morbid obesity: a mixed methods programme".
I have been involved in undergraduate teaching at the University of Glasgow Medical School since 2012, including leading a module on the Global Health Intercalated BSc and running the Student Selected Component (SSC) in Social Determinants of Health for three years.
Since 2010 I have been involved in the Deep End project, which represents GPs working in the most socio-economically deprived practices in Scotland, and is co-author of Deep End Report 16 (austerity), Deep End Report 19 (access to specialists), Deep End Report 28 (GP recruitment and retention in deprived areas), Deep End Report 32 (8 years of Deep End), Deep End Report 33 (undergraduate education in primary care in areas of socio-economic deprivation), Deep End Report 34 (planning for 2019-2022).
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I am interested in the interface between general practice and public health and in the role of primary care in mitigating health inequalities.
As such, I use mixed methods and realist research methods to explore issues related to:
- Impact of food insecurity and other social risk factors on health
- Access to health care
- Supporting health behaviour change
- Organisation and delivery of care for people with multiple long-term conditions (Multimorbidity)
- Implementation of new practices and technologies in primary care
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Defining and understanding the longer-term effects of COVID-19: A mixed methods study exploring the frequency, nature, and impact of 'long COVID' in the Scottish population.
Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser
2021 - 2023
- Making contacts count: how can we improve cancer prevention through primary care?
Royal College of General Practitioners
2018 - 2019
- Improving sedentary behaviour and physical activity in community-dwelling older adults: development
Chief Scientist Office
2017 - 2020
I am keen to supervise students doing health services research in any of the areas outlined in my research interests above. Please contact me by email to discuss your proposal.
MSc in Primary Care
- Co-convenor of Non-Communicable Diseases and Multimorbidity course
Master of Public Health
- Co-convenor of Social Determinants of health course
I have been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in relation to social determinants of health and health inequalities since 2010 and was the Academic Co-ordinator for the Deep End GP Pioneer Scheme between 2016 and 2020.
Professional activities & recognition
- 2020: British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) Open