Dr Manbinder Sidhu


Dr Manbinder Sidhu

Health Services Management Centre
BRACE Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Social Policy, HSMC
Park House
University of Birmingham
B15 2RT, United Kingdom

Dr Manbinder Sidhu is a Research Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) working within the BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre.   

Manbinder completed his bachelor’s degree (BA Sociology) at the University of Birmingham (UoB) and immediately went on to complete his PhD at the Institute of Applied Health Research (UoB) funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Most recently, he worked as part of the Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) Group, University of Leicester. He has completed a number of NIHR projects across a number of areas including patient experience and service evaluation of interventions designed for people living with multiple morbidities, weight management with high risk groups, cultural adaptation of behavioural change and lifestyle programmes for whole populations or minority-ethnic groups, and understanding the role of social networks and systems of support in migrant populations.


  • FHEA            University of Leicester, 2018
  • PhD              Health Services Research, University of Birmingham, 2012
  • BA (Hons)    Sociology, University of Birmingham, 2009 


Born and raised in Birmingham, Manbinder continues to have affinity working and living within West Midlands. After completing his PhD “Understanding health beliefs in relation to chronic disease and self-management in a socio-economically disadvantaged multi-ethnic population”, Manbinder worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied Health Research (UoB) before leaving to take up a lecturer post at the University of Leicester collaborating closely with the Centre for BME Health. 

Manbinder has extensive teaching experience, co-leading modules as part of the MBChB (University of Leicester) and MPH programmes (University of Birmingham) respectively and supervising a number of Masters students.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Sidhu is interested in supervising doctoral researchers who plan to use qualitative methods/methodology in whole or parts of their research projects. He is particularly interested in the following areas: 

  • Public health behavioural change and lifestyle programmes
  • Primary care
  • Patient and Public Engagement

Doctoral research

PhD title
Understanding health beliefs in relation to chronic disease and self-management in a socio-economically disadvantaged multi-ethnic population


The evaluation of large-scale collaborations between primary care general practices, NIHR BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre (co-applicant)

Acute hospitals managing general practice services (vertical integration), NIHR BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre (co-Principal Investigator)

Community faith centre-based screening and lifestyle interventions to prevent Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: a systematic review, NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands (November 2017, £19,297.68, co-applicant)  

Patient, healthcare professional and system level barriers and facilitators to initiation and adherence to injectable therapies for type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of qualitative literature, NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands, (November 2017, £22,256.18, co-applicant)           

 Leicester through the life course: using arts-based methods to explore recruitment and engagement with multi-generational communities, Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, Nov 2017 (£3840, principal investigator) 

Negotiating the tensions in everyday risk work: a workforce development tool for health and social care, ESRC Impact Follow on Fund, £10, 000 (March 2017, co-applicant)

Weight management with Men Employed in Transport Related Occupations (METRO) study, NIHR RDS West Midlands Public Involvement Fund, Nov 2016, £500 (principal investigator) 

Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids UK: a cultural adaptation and feasibility study of a weight management programme for fathers of younger children. NIHR Public Health Research Programme, 01/04/2016 to: 30/06/2018 (27 months), £446,793.00 (co-applicant) 

Evaluation of a text supported weight maintenance programme ‘Lighten Up Plus’ following weight reduction programme in the ‘Lighten Up’ service in Birmingham. Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster until Jan 2014, £18, 000 (co-applicant).   

Celebrating the success of NIHR CLAHRC PhD students (Workshop). National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Workshop Grant, May 2013, £2, 000 (sole applicant). 

Photo-Voice Study: A qualitative study using novel methods to explore the implementation and delivery of lay health services for patients at risk of CVD, NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands (Nov 2012) 

Theory based evaluation of the Chronic Disease Educator (CDE) programme delivered to socio-economically disadvantaged multi-ethnic population, NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands (Oct 2009)

Other activities

  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • A regular peer reviewer for several journals and funding bodies   


Recent publications


Rayment , J, Sidhu, M, Wright, P, Brown , P, Greenfield, S, Jeffreys, S & Gale, N 2020, 'Collaboration for impact: co-creating a workforce development toolkit using an arts-based approach', International Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 20, no. 2, 11, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.5377

Sathanapally, H, Sidhu, M, Fahami, R, Gillies, C, Kadam, U, Davies, M, Khunti, K & Seidu, S 2020, 'Priorities of patients with multimorbidity and of clinicians regarding treatment and health outcomes: a systematic mixed studies review', BMJ open, vol. 2020, no. 10, e033445. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033445

Jolly, K, Griffin, T, Sidhu, M, Adab, P, Burgess, A, Collins, C, Daley, A, Entwistle, A, Frew, E, Hardy, P, Hurley, K, Jones, L, Mcgee, E, Pallan, M, Sun, Y, Young, M & Morgan, P 2019, 'A weight management programme for fathers: cultural adaptation of Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids UK and feasibility RCT', Public Health Research.

Gale, N, Sidhu, M & Brown, P 2019, 'Co‐production in the epidemiological clinic: a decentred analysis of the tensions in community-based, client‐facing risk work', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 203–218. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12465

Griffin, T, Sun, Y, Sidhu, M, Adab, P, Burgess, A, Collins, C, Daley, A, Entwistle, A, Frew, E, Hardy, P, Hurley, K, Jones, L, Mcgee, E, Pallan, M, Young, M, Morgan, PJ & Jolly, K 2019, 'Healthy dads, healthy kids UK, a weight management programme for fathers: feasibility RCT', British Medical Journal Open, vol. 9, no. 12, e033534. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033534

Jolly, K, Sidhu, M, Bower, P, Madurasinghe, VW & MRC START Group 2019, 'Improving recruitment to a study of telehealth management for COPD: a cluster randomised controlled study-within-a-trial (SWAT) of a multimedia information resource', Trials, vol. 20, 453. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-019-3496-z

Gale, N & Sidhu, M 2019, 'Risk work or resilience work? A qualitative study with community health workers negotiating the tensions between biomedical and community-based forms of health promotion in the United Kingdom', PLoS ONE, vol. 14, no. 7, e0220109. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220109

Jolly, K, Sidhu, M, Hewitt, C, Coventry, PA, Daley, A, Jordan, R, Heneghan, C, Singh, S, Ives, N, Adab, P, Jowett, S, Varghese, J, Nunan, D, Ahmed, K, Dowson, L & Fitzmaurice, D 2018, 'Patient self-management in primary care patients with mild COPD - a randomised controlled trial of telephone health coaching', BMJ.

Jolly, K, Sidhu, M, Bates, E, Majothi, S, Sitch, A, Bayliss, S, Kim, HJS & Jordan, R 2018, 'Systematic review of the effectiveness of community-based self-management interventions among primary care COPD patients', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 28, 44. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41533-018-0111-9

Coventry, PA, Blakemore, A, Baker, E, Sidhu, M & Jolly, K 2018, 'The push and pull of self-managing mild COPD: an evaluation of participant experiences of a nurse-led telephone health coaching intervention', Qualitative Health Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732318809679

Sidhu, M, Daley, A & Jolly, C 2016, 'Evaluation of a text supported weight maintenance programme ‘Lighten Up Plus’ following a weight reduction programme: randomised controlled trial', The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol. 13, no. 19. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-016-0346-1

Sidhu, M, Griffith, L, Jolly, C, Marshall, T, Gill, P & Gale, N 2016, 'Long-term conditions, self-management and systems of support: An exploration of health beliefs and practices within the Sikh community, Birmingham, UK ', Ethnicity & Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2015.1126560


Sidhu, M 2017, 'Commentaries on health service research: PA employment in UK hospitals commentary', JAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, vol. 30, no. 10, pp. 2-3. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.JAA.0000524723.78708.32

Commissioned report

Smith, J, Parkinson, S, Harshfield, A & Sidhu, M 2020, The early implementation of primary care networks in the NHS in England: a rapid evaluation study. National Institute for Health Research.

Literature review

Kokab, F, Greenfield, S, Lindenmeyer, A, Sidhu, M, Tait, L & Gill, P 2017, 'The experience and influence of social support and social dynamics on cardiovascular disease prevention in migrant Pakistani communities: a qualitative synthesis', Patient Education and Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2017.10.003

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