Professor Philip Wilson
MA MB BChir DPhil DCH FRCPCH FRCGP
Director of Centre for Rural Health
Centre for Rural Health University Of Aberdeen Centre for Health Science Old Perth Road Inverness IV2 3JH Telephone: 01463 255085
Phil Wilson studied physiology at Balliol College, Oxford, followed by a Wellcome Foundation doctoral studentship in the Department of Anatomy at Oxford, where he worked on serotonin metabolism in the hypothalamus and its interaction with the neuroendocrine system. He then went to Cambridge to become a clinical medical student. Three years after qualifying, he became a partner in a small practice in Battlefield, in South East Glasgow. In 1997 this practice became one of the first five CSO-funded research practices in Scotland.
In 1995, he began to work one day per week in the then Department of General Practice at the University of Glasgow. Between 1998 and May 2001, he was medical director of WestNet, the West of Scotland Primary Care Research Network. He was appointed a primary care career scientist by the Chief Scientist Office in October 2003, with a programme of research involving the role of primary care in improving the mental health of pre-school children. He was also clinical advisor to the Medical Research Coucil Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow between 2001 and 2012.
In August 2012 he was appointed University of Aberdeen Professor of Primary Care and Rural Health and started work as an honorary sessional GP in the Cairn Medical Practice in Inverness.
Phil's research interests are:
- Development and evaluation of complex interventions to improve health
- The primary care/secondary care interface
- Primary care paediatrics
- Data linkage
- Evaluating digital technologies in rural healthcare
Much of his recent research has involved early identification of child development problems and interventions to address them but he remains involved in a wide range of research fields.
- Visiting professor of child health in general practice, Department of General Practice, Copenhagen University
- Honorary Professor, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
- Member of Scientific Advisory Board, Growing Up Scotland Cohort Study
- MB BChir Medicine1983 - University of Cambridge
- MA Physiology1977 - University of Oxford
- DPhil Neurochemistry1983 - University of Oxford
- FRCGP General practice1997 - RCGP
- FRCPCH Paediatrics2016 - RCPCH
Professor of child health in general practice, University of Copenhagen
Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow
Prizes and Awards
Winner of RCGP Grant Thornton Prize for Innovation in General Practice, 1999.
Winner of RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2004
Winner of RCGP Health Services Research Paper of the Year Award 2020
Applied Health Sciences
Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, Sahlgrenska Institute, University of Gothenburg.
Departments of general practice and epidemiology, University of Copenhagen.
Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.
Andrea Williamson (University of Glasgow) “Patients repeatedly removed from GP lists: a mixed methods study of "revolving door" patients in general practice” – First supervisor. Successful defence 2011
Louise Marryat (University of Glasgow) “Modelling social, emotional and behavioural development in the first three years of school: what impact do schools have?” – first supervisor. Successful defence 2014
Fiona Sim (University of Aberdeen) “An evaluation of preschool population neurodevelopmental screening” – first supervisor. Successful defence 2018
Rod Sampson (University of Aberdeen) “Developing and evaluating an educational complex intervention at the primary/secondary care interface” – first supervisor. Successful defence 2018
Alistair Appleby (University of Aberdeen) “General Practitioners’ Perceptions of Spirituality” – first supervisor. Successful defence 2019
Vivienne Blackhall (University of Aberdeen) “A mixed methods study of clinician experience with two innovative skills training interventions” – first supervisor. Successful defence 2019
Daria Antipova (University of Aberdeen) “Developing a prognostic model combining transcranial ultrasound and clinical assessment for pre-hospital triage of patients with suspected acute stroke” – first supervisor. Successful defence 2020
Jessica Tanner (University of Aberdeen) “The impact of social context and group process on engagement with and outcomes from an attachment-based group parenting intervention for mothers experiencing psychological stress” – second supervisor. Began studies October 2019
Campbell MacLeod (University of Aberdeen) “Evaluating colon capsule endoscopy use in Scotland and the implications for patients and the NHS” – first supervisor. Began studies June 2020
Theadora Koller (University of Aberdeen) “A framework for equity-oriented “rural proofing” national health policies, strategies and plans in LMIC” – first supervisor. Began studies July 2020
Ida Scheel Rasmussen (University of Copenhagen) “Maternal social stress/social support and the early mother-infant relationship” – first supervisor. Began studies September 2019.
Funding and Grants
Cleland J, Locock L, Evans J, Hollick R, Murchie P, Skåtun D, Skea Z, Watson V, Wilson P, Denison A. Enhancing Recruitment And Retention Of Rural Doctors In Scotland: A Mixed-Methods Study. CSO HIPS, £298,984, June 2020-May 2022.
Wilson P, Kragstrup J, Graungaard, Lykke K, Overbeck G, Thompson L, Gillberg C, Reventlow S. Småbørnsfamiliers trivsel og den praktiserende læge (Wellbeing of young children and the family doctor) DKr 14,279,670. Tryg Foundation (via University of Copenhagen). September 2018-2023.
Turner S, Wilson P, Hoddinott P, France E, Aucott L, Malcolm C, Kyle R. Understanding/Slowing the flow of zero day admissions to hospital: data linkage to inform priorities for future intervention along paediatric referral pathways. CSO HIPS/18/09.£291,358 Awarded July 2018. 01/01/2019 – 30/06/2021
Abildsnes E, Boe T, Mølland E, Vigsnes K, Wilson P. Nye mønstre – Et forskingsstøttet innovasjonsprosjekt (Innovasjonsprosjekt i offentlig sektor FORKOMMUNE). Norsk Forskningsråd. NKr7,000,000. January 2020-December 2023.
Wilson P, Thompson L, Norrie J, Wight D, McTaggart J, McGowan I, MacBeth A, Shen J, van Woerden H, Simpson C, Russel S, Law J, Marryat L. Does "Mellow Babies" improve the psychosocial health of mothers and their children? The Mellow Babies Trial. NIHR, £1,182,314. 2018-
Væver M, Lange T, Wilson P. Who Benefits and How Does It Work? A process evaluation of moderators, mediators and implementation of an indicated parent program in Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Project (CIMHP). Tryg Foundation, DKr 3,758,088. 2017-20.
Thompson L, Wilson P. Developing and evaluating a clinical and research tool for assessing parent-child interaction. Grant Foundation, £30,000, April 2016-March 2018.
Tiezzi F, Eadie L, Wilson P et al. SatCare: randomised trial of ambulance-based ultrasound in prehospital care. Funded by European Space Agency, UoA component £516,819, 2015-2021
Henderson M, Haw S, Wilson P, Bond L, Elliott L, Levin K, Wight D, Jackson C, McConnachie A. Social and Emotional Education and Development (SEED): a Stratified, Cluster Randomised Trial of a Multi-component Primary School Intervention that follows the Pupils’ Transition into Secondary School. NIHR HTA. £868,796
Henderson M; Calam R; Wilson P, McGee E; Sanders M; Thompson L; Fenwick L; O'Dowd J, Law J, Minnis H, Wight D; Puckering C; Wittkowski A; McConnachie A; Loureiro T,. Trial of Healthy Relationship Initiatives for the Very Early-years (THRIVE): a Three-Arm Randomised Control Trial for Mothers Identified as Vulnerable in Pregnancy and their Babies who are at High Risk of Maltreatment. NIHR HTA. £2,683,666.00
Minnis H, Fitzpatrick B, Boyd K, Mackintosh E, McConnachie A, Messow M, Henderson M, Wilson P, Gillberg C, Watson N, Scott S, Forde M, Rahilly T, Miller S, Carter A. The Best Services Trial (BeST?): Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the New Orleans Intervention Model for Infant Mental Health. NIHR, 2015-2023. £3,330,894.60
Williamson A, Ellis D, Wilson P. Serial missed appointments in the NHS: a pathfinder linkage project to inform future interventions. CSO, £179k total. September 2015-September 2017.
Auyeung B, Lombardo V, Murray A, Marryat L, Thompson L, Minnis H, Wilson P. Understanding the effects of prenatal maternal infections on developmental outcomes, autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. Bailey Thomas Charitable Foundation, £150,000. 2018-2020.
Bjørvig S, Egnell P-O, Borgen M, Tossavainen K, Kumpulainen K, Gard G, Kostenius C, Lindström M, Zingmark K, Bykachev K, Lindgren E, Wilson P. eHealth service for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (UoA component €406,073.96) Northern Periphery and Arctic fund. October 2015-September 2018.
Wilson P, Kragstrup J, Graungaard A, Gillberg C. GP focus on family resilience, Tryg Foundation. DKr 976,500. September 2017-August 2018.
Mort A, Wilson P. Ultrasound in rural stroke diagnosis. TSB Space/Life Science Catapult/HIE/UKRC. £75,000, Jan 2014-Sept 2014.
Wilson P. Evaluation of Paediatric Unscheduled Care Pilot. Northern Health Commissioning Group. August 2013-April 2014. £11,000
National Records of Scotland data linkage pathfinder project. Conway D, Elliot L, Wilson P, Milligan I, Connelly G, Macpherson L, McMahon A, Wood R, van der Sluijs W. Linking Looked After Children Data and NHS Dental Data. March 2013 - Sept 2014. £135,105
Wilson P, Thompson L, Reynolds, L, McClung M, Wood R. Enhancing health visiting information systems to support children’s health and development: exploring options in Glasgow. Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (MRC/Scottish Government) seed funding. £39,998.
Wilson P. Glasgow City Parenting Support Framework evaluation. £220,000 Jan 2011-March 2013, NHS GGC
Wilson P, O’Dowd J, Gillberg C, Thompson L, Law J. Characterising neurodevelopmental problems identified at a universal nurse contact with 30-months-old children. NHSGGC, £39,532. June 2011-May 2012
Minnis H, Wilson P, Morton L, Follan M, Messow M, Zeanah C, Gillberg C, Norrie J, Bryce G, Donaldson J. Evaluation of the New Orleans Intervention Model for Infant Mental Health in Glasgow. CSO £222,921
Wilson P, Puckering C, Thompson L, Clarke A, MacBeth A, McAlees S, Henderson M. Antenatal parenting support for women vulnerable in pregnancy: an exploratory randomised controlled trial of Mellow Bumps. Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy. November 2011-March 2013. £73,165
Minnis H, Briggs A, Wilson P, Gillberg C, McConnachie A. Autism and Reactive Attachment Disorder symptoms in the Scottish Population: associations with health and service use. CSO, full application, £49,624 June 2012-Dec 2014
Edwards P, Farrington J et al. dot.rural: digital economy in rural areas. UKRC, £11M. 2010-2015.
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Educational associations with missed GP appointments for patients under 35 years old: administrative data linkage study.BMC medicine , vol. 19, no. 1, 219Contributions to Journals: Articles
Variation in referrals from primary care to scheduled paediatric services in North and East Scotland - A cross-sectional studyBMC Health Services Research, vol. 21, 989Contributions to Journals: Articles
Interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions: a systematic reviewArchives of Disease in ChildhoodContributions to Journals: Articles
Missingness’ in health care: associations between hospital utilization and missed appointments in general practice. A retrospective cohort study.PloS ONE, vol. 16, no. 6, e0253163Contributions to Journals: Articles
The use of telemedicine to assess a paediatric patient with arrhythmia presenting to a remote community coronavirus assessment centreRural and Remote Health, vol. 21, no. 2, 6166Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
Depression and anxiety symptoms in pregnant women in Denmark during COVID-19Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 721–729Contributions to Journals: Articles
iViewExpert: A tool to uncover expertise and support surgical skills trainingMedical Education, vol. 55, no. 5, pp. 658-658Contributions to Journals: Articles
The effects of plant-based diets on pancreatic beta-cell function: A systematic reviewJournal of Diabetes Nursing, vol. 25, no. 2Contributions to Journals: Articles
Training novice users to assess stroke aetiology in remote settings using transcranial ultrasound: pilot studyRural and Remote Health, vol. 21, no. 1, 5618Contributions to Journals: Articles
What factors are most important for the development of the maternal-fetal relationship?: A prospective study among pregnant women in Danish general practiceBMC Psychology, vol. 9, no. 2Contributions to Journals: Articles