David Henderson

email: d.henderson.2@research.gla.ac.uk

Research Interests

  • Health inequalities
  • Multimorbidity
  • Health and Social Care
  • Administrative Data Linkage

Research title

Health inequalities and multimorbidity: exploiting administrative data to understand the role of social care

Research summary

PhD Abstract

Health inequalities, multimorbidity and provision of health and social care are three of the most important policy areas for local and national governments internationally. Demographic changes mean populations have increasing proportions of older people who are more likely to have more than one long-term condition (multimorbidity) and increased health and social care needs. However, this is not just an “old-person’s problem”, absolute numbers of people with multimorbidity are greater in those under the age of 65. The financial crash of 2008 and subsequent austerity measures in many countries have resulted in declining budgets for the provision of health and social care. Linked health and social care datasets using routinely collected administrative data offer a unique opportunity to understand how multimorbidity and socioeconomic status affect the use of health and social care. The PhD project aims to investigate how linked health and social care datasets can be operationalised to investigate these questions using Scottish data.


  • Scottish Government
  • Economic and Social Research Council


Additional information


David is a registered nurse and continues to work part-time for NHS Scotland having gained BSc in Nursing from the University of Stirling in 2009. His nursing background is in Acute Medicine and Medical High Dependency. Following a vigorous application process in 2012, David was awarded an Early Clinical Career Fellowship (ECCF) by NHS Education for Scotland. The fellowship aimed to support enthusiastic, motivated and talented nurses and midwives at an early stage in their career to develop personally, professionally and academically. ECCF provided funding for his Masters education which resulted in the award of MRes (Health Research) from the University of Stirling in 2015.

Prior to entering academic education through Nursing in 2006, David had careers in the infantry of HM Forces (1st Battalion the Highlanders) and as a freelance assistant director and locations scout for media companies.