Contact:
📞: +44 (0) 20 7733 7194
📱: +44 (0) 7720 438 442
📧: blaine@healthed.org.uk
📩: 42 Dalyell Road, London SW9 9QR, UK

My current professional career began in school-based health education, informed and inspired by twenty years in secondary school classrooms in south London. My starting points and learning during those classroom years had been the curriculum and pastoral care, the realisation of the importance of and need for explicit school attention to the social and affective needs of pupils and students – and staff. My understanding and practice of health education and young people were further developed in my subsequent advisory and consultancy roles. This brought me to broader understandings of the public health implications of school health education. A major aspect of my learning, through practice, experience and reading, has been about the relationships between individual behaviour and responsibility; institutional factors; and socio-economic factors – class, to use a term which has more or less fallen into disuse in recent years. In this respect, I find much to agree with in the work of the social epidemiologists – Michael Marmot, Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson.

My south London experience provided me with a solid foundation for work with and for young people, in the UK and in Europe, and showed me the need for additional evidence-based knowledge and understanding in order to support practice, my own and the practitioners and decision makers I was now working with.

This move into a wider public health and prevention environment has increasingly been concentrated on substance use and misuse – I make a conscious distinction – and relevant health and social policy making, locally, nationally, regionally. Most recently, this has focussed on writing and editing, making use of my experience, learning and contacts, and benefitting from the extension of my professional networks into universities and other research institutions, and specialist journals’ editorial teams. My focus now is on contributing to the UK debate on drug policy reform. I maintain my interest in relevant developments in eastern Europe and Denmark; and public health.

I remain interested in and open to invitations to apply or bid for work which fits my skills and experience profile.

Key Skills and experience:
· summarising current professional research, opinion and developments
· providing information, advice, support and encouragement – to practitioners and  managers
· advising on public health issues relevant to substance use and sexual health, in the UK and abroad
· assisting colleagues in other countries to assess and evaluate UK practice and research in order to inform and develop their own practice
· assisting colleagues, in the UK and elsewhere, to access and use the growing  evidence base around prevention and health promotion
. project development
· conducting local needs assessment and research and interview programmes
· ‘translating’ legislation and guidance into practice
· informing schools and other agencies of the situations and needs of young people
· peer reviewing papers for specialist journals
· writing and editing