Hello. My name is Sarah, and this website is to help explain my background, expertise and passion for safe and ethical systems and processes, which have the flexibility and capacity to meet individual support needs.

I’m currently studying for an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Bristol. The study will explore the ‘Impact Electronic Patient Health Records could have on potentially vulnerable patients.’

  • I have fifteen years of experience working directly with potentially vulnerable client groups and have an understanding of the challenges they may encounter.
  • A background in digital health and ‘electronic patient health records’
  • A background in systems thinking and complexity science.
  • An understanding of economics, health economics and have completed training in ‘social return on investment’
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • Knowledge regarding complex interventions.
  • Knowledge of ethics and power relations within systems and processes.
  • A background in risk assessment, safety planning, safeguarding, collaborative and multi-agency working.
  • Expertise in working with people who have come into contact with services unexpectedly and are more likely to have a pre-contemplative mindset towards service engagement.
  • Experience of working in health and legal systems with a person-centred approach.
  • An understanding of the links between research, policy and practice.

My work falls into these main categories:


Blake (2021) Diabetes: Is it time to flatten the curve?

Blake (2021) Universal basic income: a missing link in trauma-informed health and social care? BJGP Life

Blake (2019) Healthcare transformations: Implications for patients 

Blake & Johnson (2019) Commissioning Guidance IRIS ADViSE. Assessing for domestic abuse in sexual health environments (available via IRISi)

Blake (2019) Diabetes and the digital divide: A patient’s perspective Published as a rapid response post BMJ

Blake (2019) The different dimensions of working with behaviour change. Exploring internal and external influences  Published as a rapid response post BMJ

McDonagh et al (2019) The unexpected consequences of researching unexpected consequences: The DECODE Study 

Fowler, J.P., Blake, S., & Mountford, G. (2018) Drive Mental Health Protocol: The Drive Project

Blake (2018) Online access to medical records: Patients and clinicians voice some of their concerns.

Blake (2018) ELECTRONIC PERSONAL HEALTH RECORDS. There are many benefits but what about the risks?

Blake (2018) Engaging potentially vulnerable client groups. Referrals and signposting. What’s the difference?

Blake (2018) Are you afraid? Identifying victims of domestic abuse. Ask the question but don’t always expect a straight forward answer

Sohal H, Pathak N, Blake S, Berry J, Apea V, Griffiths C, Feder G. (2017)  Improving the healthcare response to domestic violence and abuse in sexual health clinics: feasibility study of a training, support and referral intervention. 

Woodman J, Sohal, A, Gilbert R, Feder G (2015) Online access to medical records, finding ways to minimise harms British Journal of General Practice

Natalia V Lokhmatkina, Gene Feder, Sarah Blake, Richard Morris, Victoria Powers and Stafford Lightman (2013) ‘Longitudinal measurement of cortisol in association with mental health and experience of domestic violence and abuse: study protocol’ LBMC Psychiatry

Blake S (2013) Eat, Pray, Love travel feature Balance diabetes magazine 2: 56-58


Andy Gibson and Sarah Blake ‘Public Involvement in Digital Health.’ Presentation at the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations  (ARC) National Digital Health/ Applied Health Informatics meeting (6/ 09/2019)