Iain Atherton

Iain Atherton

Dr Iain Atherton

Senior Lecturer

Biography

Dr Atherton is a Reader in Nursing with expertise in population health. He is also Co-Director of the ESRC funded Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research.

After working in clinical practice in a range of specialities, he went on to study demography at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before completing a PhD at the University of St Andrews. He is interested in the interaction between health care practitioners in their day-to-day work and large-scale population trends. These interests are reflected in his research and teaching. He is also passionate about education and has published in the field of nursing pedagogy.

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Organiser symposium on ‘Big Data’, RCN Research Conference, University of Nottingham. Notes: Participation by academics from University of Nottingham, University of Hull, University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh University, and Edinburgh Napier Unive
  • Invited to sit on Scientific Advisory Panel for NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference (2015)

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Advisory Group for the journal Nurse Education Today

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Funding proposals reviewed for ESRC, Chief Scientists Office for Scotland, and Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

 

Invited Speaker

  • Harnessing the power of large integrated national administrative datasets to develop policy in New Zealand
  • Using data to realise the potential of the 'Last 1000 days
  • Medical and Nursing Faculties, University of Queensland, Australia (April 2016).
  • Health and homelessness Conference, NHS Edinburgh, August, 2011.
  • NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference, Brisbane Australia (April 2016).
  • NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference, Netherlands (June 2014).
  • Scotstat Data Linkage Conference, Edinburgh (2012).
  • Scottish Blackboard Users Group (Scot-BUG) (2014).
  • Scottish Longitudinal Studies Roadshow

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD examination
  • PhD Examination
  • MRes examination

 

Reviewing

  • Peer review of journals: BMJ, Ageing and Society, Social Science and Medicine, Nursing and Health, Nursing Standard,and Population Space and Place.
  • Member of Nursing and Midwifery Council Thought Leadership Group
  • Appointed to Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College (2015)

 

Seminar/talk

  • Leading ESRC funded seminar series on the contribution of the Social Sciences to Nurse Education (Ongoing - see Research Grants section).

 

Date


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Describing socio-economic variation in life expectancy according to an individual's education, occupation and wage in England and Wales: An analysis of the ONS Longitudinal Study

Journal Article
Ingleby, F. C., Woods, L. M., Atherton, I. M., Baker, M., Elliss-Brookes, L., & Belot, A. (2021)
Describing socio-economic variation in life expectancy according to an individual's education, occupation and wage in England and Wales: An analysis of the ONS Longitudinal Study. SSM - Population Health, 14, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2021.100815
People who live in more deprived areas have poorer health outcomes, and this inequality is a major driver of health and social policy. Many interventions targeting these dispa...

Context, complexity and cross-pollination: Nursing leaders' views of the role of the voluntary and community sector in nurse education

Journal Article
Kyle, R. G., Atherton, I. M., & Lasater, K. (2021)
Context, complexity and cross-pollination: Nursing leaders' views of the role of the voluntary and community sector in nurse education. Nurse Education Today, 99, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104732
Background Placements in voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have long played an important part in student nurses' education in several countries. New standards...

Berberine for the treatment of hypertension: a systematic review

Journal Article
Suadoni, M. T., & Atherton, I. (2021)
Berberine for the treatment of hypertension: a systematic review. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 42, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2020.101287
Background Hypertension is the highest risk factor for disease globally. One popular therapy is berberine. Methods The review followed the protocol PRISMA-P, and is reported a...

Impact of area deprivation on the cardiac mortality in the UK between 1991 and 2010: evidence from a population-based longitudinal study

Journal Article
Jin, K., Neubeck, L., & Atherton, I. (2021)
Impact of area deprivation on the cardiac mortality in the UK between 1991 and 2010: evidence from a population-based longitudinal study. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 20(5), 436-444. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurjcn/zvaa021
Aim: Evidence from longitudinal studies on the influence of area deprivation in cardiac mortality is limited. We aimed to examine the impact of area deprivation on cardiac mor...

Assessment of the concordance between individual- and area-level measures of socio-economic deprivation in a cancer patient cohort in England and Wales

Journal Article
Ingleby, F. C., Belot, A., Atherton, I. M., Baker, M., Elliss-Brookes, L., & Woods, L. M. (2020)
Assessment of the concordance between individual- and area-level measures of socio-economic deprivation in a cancer patient cohort in England and Wales. BMJ Open, 10(11), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041714
Objectives Most research on health inequalities uses aggregated deprivation scores assigned to the small area where the patient lives; however, the concordance between aggrega...

Linkage of national health and social care data: a cross-sectional study of multimorbidity and social care use in people aged over 65 years in Scotland

Journal Article
Henderson, D. A., Atherton, I., McCowan, C., Mercer, S. W., & Bailey, N. (2021)
Linkage of national health and social care data: a cross-sectional study of multimorbidity and social care use in people aged over 65 years in Scotland. Age and ageing, 50(1), 176-182. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa134
Background: Little is known about the relationship between multimorbidity and social care use (also known as long-term care). The aim of this study was to assess the relations...

Population health as a 'platform' for nurse education: A qualitative study of nursing leaders

Journal Article
Lasater, K., Atherton, I. M., & Kyle, R. G. (2020)
Population health as a 'platform' for nurse education: A qualitative study of nursing leaders. Nurse Education Today, 86, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2019.104313
Background: Challenges to the sustainability of global healthcare systems are prompting a shift towards more population-focused models of care. Nurse educators need to develop...

Zooming out to prioritise population health in nurse education

Journal Article
Lasater, K., Kyle, R. G., & Atherton, I. M. (2019)
Zooming out to prioritise population health in nurse education. Collegian, 26(5), 511-513. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2019.09.007
In this Editorial, we argue that zooming out to prioritise population health in nurse education can: (1) Redefine population health as praxis; (2) Reposition nursing as a sign...

Student nurses' attitudes to social justice and poverty: An international Comparison

Journal Article
Scheffer, M. M. J., Lasater, K., Atherton, I. M., & Kyle, R. G. (2019)
Student nurses' attitudes to social justice and poverty: An international Comparison. Nurse Education Today, 80, 59-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2019.06.007
Background: In both the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US), health inequities are proving resistant to improvement. Nurses are ideally placed to advocate for socia...

Testing the expert based weights used in the UK’s Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) against three preference-based methods

Journal Article
Watson, V., Dibben, C., Cox, M., Atherton, I., Sutton, M., & Ryan, M. (2019)
Testing the expert based weights used in the UK’s Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) against three preference-based methods. Social Indicators Research, 144(3), 1055-1074. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-018-02054-z
The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), used widely in England, is an important tool for social need and inequality identification. It summarises deprivation across seven dim...

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