Dr Manbinder Sidhu PhD

Dr Manbinder Sidhu

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Manbinder Sidhu, PhD, is an honorary research fellow working in applied health services research with a background in sociology. Dr Sidhu has a specific interest in understanding the health needs of minority-ethnic groups living in developed and underdeveloped countries as well as people living with chronic diseases.

Manbinder specialises in:

-       Interpreting health beliefs and practices

-       Self-management

-       Weight management in men and minority-ethnic groups

-       Mixed methods and methodologies


Manbinder was born and raised in the West Midlands, and has a continuing relationship with the University of Birmingham. Having finished his bachelor’s degree, Manbinder went on to complete his PhD, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), contributing to the field of health services research. On completion, Manbinder moved to the Institute of Applied Health Research to further his interests. 

Currently, his main research projects are:

  • Patient self-management in primary care patients with COPD- a randomised controlled trial
  • Healthy Dads Healthy Kids UK: a cultural adaptation and feasibility randomised controlled trial of a weight management programme for fathers of younger children


Sidhu MS, Daley A, Jolly K. (in press) Evaluation of a text supported weight maintenance programme 'Lighten Up Plus' following a weight reduction programme: randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Sidhu, MS, Kokab, F, Jolly, K, Gale, N, Marshall, T and Gill, P (in press) Methodological challenges of cross-language qualitative research with South Asian communities living in the UK. Family Medicine and Community Health.

Sidhu, MS, Griffith, L, Jolly, K, Marshall, T, Gill, P, Gale, NK (2016) Chronic disease, self-management and systems of support: An exploration of health beliefs and practices within the Sikh community, Birmingham, UK. Ethnicity and Health, 13: 1-17.

Sidhu MS, Aiyegbusi OL, Daley A, Jolly K (2016) Older Men’s Experience of Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance Interventions: Qualitative Findings from the Lighten Up Plus Trial. J Obes Weight Loss, 1: 003.

Sidhu MS, Daley A, Jordan R et al. (2015) Patient self-management in primary care patients with mild COPD - protocol of a randomised controlled trial of telephone health coaching. BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2015; 15:16. 

Sidhu MS, Gale, NK, Gill P et al. (2015) A critique of the design, implementation, and delivery of a culturally-tailored self-management education intervention: a qualitative evaluation. BMC Health Services Research, 15; 54.

Sidhu MS, Gale, NK, Gill P et al. (2014) A systematic review of lay-led group-based self-management interventions for minority ethnic populations diagnosed with long term conditions in high income countries. Diversity and Equality in Health Care, 11 (3-4), 225-236.