Dr Rachael Wood

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Honorary Reader

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Usher Institute

Contact details

Address

Street

Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
Kennedy Tower
Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Morningside Park

City
Post code
EH10 5HF
Street

Public Health Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent

City
Post code
EH12 9EB

Background

Dr Wood works across the NHS and the University of Edinburgh.  Within the NHS, Dr Wood is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Public Health Scotland.  Within the University, she is an Honorary Reader in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and an  Affiliate Member of the Usher Institute.

Within Public Health Scotland, Dr Wood focuses on maternal and child health, and is inaugural director of Scotland's national congenital anomaly register (CARDRISS).  Her role involves development of national data, overseeing national statistics publications, providing information to support health policy and service development and evaluation, and supporting the use of Public Health Scotland data for research purposes.

Within the University, Dr Wood conducts research on maternal and child public health.  She has particular topic interests in congenital anomalies and child development.  She has particular methodological interests in the use of routine administrative data for research.

Prior to her current roles, Dr Wood held a CSO Clinical Academic Training Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh from 2007 to 2011.  During her fellowship she undertook a PhD examining changes made to Scotland’s child health programme in 2005.  Dr Wood graduated in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1993.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, DTM&H

Diploma in Child Health, DCH

Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Master of Public Health, University of Glasgow

Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, MFPH

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh. Changing child health surveillance in Scotland: an exploration of the impact on preventive health care of pre-school children.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health

Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Research summary

Dr Wood’s research focuses on  maternal and child public health.  She has particular topic interests in congenital anomalies and child development.  She has particular methodological interests in the use of routine administrative data for research.

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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