Consultancy and research work

IRISi Commissioning guidance and training materials for a holistic domestic abuse support package to be located in ‘sexual health and reproductive services’

DECODE Collaborator in a study which aims to improve understanding of the unintended consequences (both benefits and harms) of implementing digital health innovations in primary care.

Local Digital Health Research and Development Group. PPI Consultancy.

NIHR CLAHRC West Plain English Reviewer

DRIVE Perpetrator mental health protocol. Consultancy work with a small team of experts led by ‘Jonathan Fowler’ to develop a practical protocol to provide guidance for front-line workers to work with high-risk perpetrators of domestic abuse experiencing mental health problems.

‘Thanks for your valuable input – especially as our perspectives were sometimes different. It’s helped create a more balanced and fuller piece of work’ Jonathan Fowler

Southmead Development Trust Facilitating the diabetes prevention programme

The Traning Exchange Domestic abuse and complex needs training programme

Patient and Public Involvement/ Engagement strategy for the National Institute of Health Research, Bristol Biomedical Research Centre. Public contributor for the development of the strategy.

SPHERE a research participant in the 100 homes study. Leading a participant-led research study which will be looking at ‘Quality of sleep (subjective and measured) vs our physical condition the following day.’

REPROVIDE consultancy work. Mapping and publicity work for the REPROVIDE study. It plans to improve how healthcare professionals respond to all adult patients who experience or perpetrate DVA and to their children.

RESPECT project field worker on a study linked to sex and relationships education.  The ultimate aim of the project is to develop and evaluate a sexual health education intervention for young people.

RESPONDS – Researching Education to Strengthen Primary care On Domestic Violence and Safeguarding. Final report

‘A big thank-you to Sarah Blake (Iris Advocate-Educator, Next Link) who attended training sessions to talk to clinicians participating in RESPONDS and answer their IRIS related queries.’  

CEASE – Research associate on a study looking at biological markers in domestic abuse.

Longitudinal smoking study Researcher on a study which explored children’s attitudes towards smoking. Analysing inconsistencies in the data which used a triangulation methodology.

Safelives – IDVA foundation training and assessment of coursework


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)

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

Natalia V Lokhmatkina1,2*†, Gene Feder2†, Sarah Blake2†, Richard Morris3†, Victoria Powers4† and Stafford Lightman1† (2013) ‘Longitudinal measurement of cortisol in association with mental health and experience of domestic violence and abuse: study protocol’ LBMC Psychiatry

Woodman J, Sohal, A, Gilbert R, Feder G (2015) Online access to medical records, finding ways to minimise harms British Journal of General Practice p 280-281 -Acknowledgements We thank Janice Allister, Susan Bewley, Sarah Blake, Simon de Lusignan and Brian Fisher for their comments on a draft of this editorial. The views expressed in this editorial reflect those of the authors: not all of those who commented were supportive of the views expressed here.

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. 

Blake S (2013) Eat, Pray, Love travel feature part 1 part 2 Balance diabetes magazine 2: 56-58