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Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences | Usher Institute

Centre for Population Health Sciences

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Dr Rachael Wood

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Tel: 0131 275 7028
Fax: 0131 650 6868


Consultant in Public Health Medicine in the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland. Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health Sciences.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on child public health.

Current Research Involvement

I am involved in a range of collaborative research projects focusing on various aspects of child health.

Further Information

Work History

Previous Appointments
Aug 1993-Jan 1994 Medical house officer, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline
Feb 1994-Jul 1994 Surgical house officer, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
Feb 1995-Jul 1995 Senior house officer, A&E, Royal Preston Hospital
Sep 1995-Dec 1995 Expedition medic, Raleigh International, Zimbabwe
Feb 1996-Jul 1996 Senior house officer, Paediatrics, Stirling Royal infirmary
Aug 1996-Jan 1997 Senior house officer, General and geriatric medicine, Roodlands General Hospital, Haddington
Feb 1997-Jul 1997 Senior house officer, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh
Oct 1997-Jul 2007 Specialist registrar, Public health medicine, Information Services Division, NHS Scotland
Apr 2007-Dec 2009 CSO funded Clinical Academic Training Fellow based in Public Health Sciences
Appointed to University of Edinburgh
Jan 2010 Consultant in Public Health Medicine in the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health Sciences


1991 BSc (Med Sci) Pathology, University of Edinburgh
1993 MBChB, University of Edinburgh
1994 Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, University of Liverpool
1996 Diploma in Child Health, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
1997 Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
1999 MPH, University of Glasgow
2006 MFPH, Faculty of Public Health
2007 FFPH, Faculty of Public Health
2013 PhD, University of Edinburgh

Selected grants

  • Health informatics research in paediatric gastroenterology: nationwide data-linkage exploration of perinatal risk factors for and consequences of paediatric-onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Core; BSPGHAN (British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatoloty, and Nutrition), 2015-2017) Wilson D, Russell R, Cameron F, Satsangi J, Anderson N, Wood R
  • Looked after children - access to dental services and oral health in Scotland: a pathfinder national cross-sectional record-linkage study (Scottish Government National Data Linkage Service, 2013-2014) Conway D, Elliot L, MacPherson L, McMahon A, Connelly G, Milligan I, Wilson P, van der Sluijs W, Wood R. (CI University of Glasgow)
  • Impact of health interventions on educational outcomes: an exemplar study of the management of breech infants. (Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, 2012-2012) Pell J, Wood R, King A, MacKay D, Reynolds L, Morris C, Springbett A (CI University of Glasgow)
  • STOPPIT baby follow up study: what effect does prophylactic progesterone in twin pregnancy have on childhood outcome? (Chief Scientist Office, 2011-2012) Norman J, Chalmers J, Marlow N, Wood R, Norrie J, MacLennan G, McPherson G
  • Enhancing information systems to support children's health and development: exploring options in Glasgow. (Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, 2010-2012) Wilson P, Wood R, Reynolds L, Thompson L, Forde M, McClung M (CI University of Glasgow)
  • A national evaluation of Hall 4: will a targeted Child Health Surveillance programme in Scotland achieve improved equity of outcome in pre-school children's health? (Chief Scientist Office Clinical Academic Fellowship CAF/06/05, 2007-2011) Wood R

Selected publications

  • Mackay D, Smith GCS, Cooper SA, Wood R, King A, Clark D, Pell J. Month of conception and learning disabilities: a record-linkage study of 801,592 children. American Journal of Epidemiology 2016: accepted for publication.
  • Delnord M, Szamotulska K,Hindori-Mohangoo AD, Dattani N, Barona C, Berrut S, Zile I, Wood R, Sakkeus L, Gissler M, Zeitlin J. Linking databases on perinatal health: a review of the literature and current practices in Europe. European Journal of Public Health 2016 ckv231 DOI Link
  • Morling JR, Fischbacher C, Agur W, Glazener CMA, Guerero K, Wood W. Effect of procedure type and use of mesh on complications after surgery for pelvic organ prolapse: a retrospective cohort study. Lancet 2015; 386(S56). DOI Link
  • Dundas R, Ouédraogo S, Gray R, Wood R, Bond L, Briggs A, Leyland AH. Assessment of the Health in Pregnancy Grant policy in Scotland: a natural experiment. Lancet 2015; 386(S35). DOI Link
  • Chin RFM, Ajetunmobi O, Weir C, Wood R. Prescription of emergency anti-epileptic medication after first childhood seizure: analysis of routine administrative data. Epileptic Disorders, 2015; 17(2):172-6 DOI Link
  • McNamara HC, Wood R, Chalmers J, Marlow N, Norrie J, MacLennan G, McPherson G, Boachie C, Norman JE. STOPPIT baby follow-up study: the effect of prophylactic progesterone in twin pregnancy on childhood outcome. PLOS One 2015; 10(4): e0122341 DOI Link
  • Mackay DF, Wood R, King A, Clark D, Cooper SA, Smith GCS, Pell JP. Educational outcomes following breech delivery: A record-linkage study of 456,947 children. International Journal of Epidemiology 2015; 44(1): 209-217 DOI Link
  • Ajetunmobi A, Whyte B, Chalmers J, Tappin DM, Wolfson L, Fleming M, MacDonald A, Wood R, Stockton DL. Breastfeeding is associated with reduced childhood hospitalization: evidence from a Scottish birth cohort (1997 - 2009. Journal of Pediatrics 2015, 166(3): 620–625 DOI Link
  • Dundas R, Ouédraogo S, Bond L, Briggs AH, Chalmers J, Gray R, Wood R, Leyland AH. Evaluation of Health in Pregnancy grants in Scotland: a protocol for a natural experiment. BMJ Open 2014; 4: e006547 DOI Link
  • Wood R, Blair M. A comparison of Child Health Programmes recommended for preschool children in selected high-income countries. Child: Care, Health & Development 2014; 40(5): 640-653 DOI Link
  • Wood R, Clark D, King A, Mackay D, Pell J. Novel cross-sectoral linkage of routine health and education data at an all-Scotland level: a feasibility study. Lancet 2013; 382: S10 DOI Link
  • Ajetunmobi O, Whyte B, Chalmers J, Fleming M, Stockton D, Wood R. Informing the ‘early years’ agenda in Scotland: understanding infant feeding patterns using linked datasets. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2013; doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202718 DOI Link
  • Wood R, Blair M, Wilson P. Trends in emergency hospital admissions of children: observations from Scotland. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2013; 98: 1024-1025 DOI Link
  • Ajetunmobi O, Taylor M, Stockton D, Wood R. Early death in those previously hospitalised for mental healthcare in Scotland: a nationwide cohort study, 1986–2010. BMJ Open 2013;3:e002768 DOI Link
  • Wood R. Changing child health surveillance in Scotland: an exploration of the impact on preventive health care of pre-school children. PhD thesis. Edinburgh; University of Edinburgh, 2013
  • Wood R, Stockton D, Brown H. Moving from a universal to targeted child health programme: which children receive enhanced care? A population-based study using routinely available data. Child: Care, Health & Development 2013; 39 (6): 772-781 DOI Link
  • Wood R, Grant I, Bain M. The importance of understanding epidemiology in order to inform financial decisions: a lesson from the Scottish home oxygen service. Public Health 2012; 126(11):947–953 DOI Link
  • Wood R, Wilson P. General Practitioner provision of preventive child health care: analysis of routine consultation data. BMC Family Practice 2012; 13: 73. DOI Link
  • Law J, Rush R, Anandan C, Cox M, Wood R. Predicting language change between 3 and 5 years and its implications for early identification. Pediatrics 2012; 130(1): e132-e137 DOI Link
  • Wood R, Stirling A, Nolan C, Chalmers J, Blair M. Trends in the coverage of 'universal' child health reviews: observational study using routinely available data. BMJ Open 2012; 2: e000759 DOI Link
  • Wood R, Stirling A. Child Health Surveillance System – Pre-School: audit of children with no CHSP-PS record of a health visitor first visit and/or 6-8 week review. Edinburgh, NHS National Services Scotland Information Services Division, 2010.
  • Wood R, Grand I, Millard A. A needs assessment of home oxygen services. Glasgow: Scottish Public Health Network; 2010. Link
  • Douglas M, Wood R, Sim J. (2010) Sexuality. In: Talbot P, Astbury G, Mason T (eds). Key concepts in learning disabilities. London: Sage, pp 231-237.
  • Wood R. Services for children: emerging as a genuine priority within health policy at last? Child: Care, Health and Development 2009; 35: 289-292.
  • Wright CM, Jeffrey S, Ross MK, Wallis L, Wood R. Targeting Health Visitor care: lessons from Starting Well. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2009; 94: 23-27 DOI Link
  • Campbell H, Wood R. Preventive pediatrics. In: McIntosh N, Helms P, Smyth R, Logan S, eds. Forfar & Arneil's Textbook of Pediatrics. 7th ed. Edinburgh; Elsevier, 2008, pp27-44.
  • Camidge DR, Stockton DL, Frame S, Wood R, Bain M, Bateman DN. Hospital admissions and deaths relating to deliberate self-harm and accidents within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis: a national study in Scotland, UK. British Journal of Cancer 2007; 96: 752-757.
  • Wood R, Douglas M. Cervical screening for women with learning disability: current practice and attitudes within primary care in Edinburgh. British Journal of Learning Disabilities 2007; 35: 84-92.
  • Wood R, Sutton M, Clark D, McKeon A, Bain M. Measuring inequalities in health: the case for healthy life expectancy. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2006; 60: 1089-1092.
  • Hanlon P, Lawder RS, Buchanan D, Redpath A, Walsh D, Wood R, Bain M, Brewster DH, Chalmers C. Why is mortality higher in Scotland than in England and Wales? Decreasing influence of socioeconomic deprivation between 1981 and 2001 supports the existence of a 'Scottish Effect'. Journal of Public Health 2005; 27: 199-204.
  • Clark D, McKeon A, Sutton M, Wood R. Healthy life expectancy in Scotland. Edinburgh: Iinformation and Statistics Division; 2004.
  • Wood R, Stevenson J. An outbreak of chickenpox in a Scottish prison. Communicable Disease and Public Health 2004; 7: 169-71.
  • Wood R, Fraser LA, Brewster DH, Garden OJ. Epidemiology of gallbladder cancer and trends in cholecystectomy rates in Scotland, 1968-1998. European Journal of Cancer 2003; 39: 2080-6.
  • Wood R, Brewster DH, Fraser LA, Brown H, Hayes PC, Garden OJ. Do increases in mortality from intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma reflect a genuine increase in risk? Insights from cancer registry data in Scotland. European Journal of Cancer 2003; 39: 2087-92.
  • Camidge DR, Wood RJ, Bateman DN. The epidemiology of self poisoning in the UK. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2003; 56: 613-9.
  • Wood R, Bain M. Inequalities in health in older people: is there cause for concern? In: Social Justice Annual Report 2002. Edinburgh: Scottish Executive; 2002.
  • Wood R, Bain MRS. The Health and Well-being of Older People in Scotland: Insights from National Data. Edinburgh: Information and Statistics Division; 2001.
  • Hanlon P, Walsh D, Buchanan, D, Redpath A, Bain M, Brewster D, Chalmers J, Muir R, Smalls M, Willis J, Wood R. Chasing the Scottish effect: Why Scotland needs a step-change in health if it is to catch up with the rest of Europe. Glasgow: Public Health Institute for Scotland; 2001.
  • Wood R, Bain M. Using national health data to support clinical governance in Scotland. Clinical Governance Bulletin 2001; 2(2): 13-4.
  • Wood R, Donaghy M, Dundas S. Monitoring patients in the community with suspected Escherichia coli O157 infection during a large outbreak in Scotland in 1996. Epidemiology and Infection 2001; 127: 413-20.
  • Ashton-Rickardt PG, Wyllie AH, Bird CC, Dunlop MG, Steel CM, Morris RG, Piris J, Romanowski P, Wood R, White R, Nakamura Y. MCC, a candidate familial polyposis gene on 5q.21 shows frequent allele loss in colorectal and lung cancer. Oncogene 1991; 6: 1881-6.

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