From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Esther Curnock

position: Public Health Specialty Registrar

Contact Details

email:
phone: 0141 353 7509

Address

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Esther is a Public Health Specialty Registrar on placement at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU) at Glasgow University. She is particularly interested in the interface between social policy and public health and is currently in her 3rd year of study toward a PhD in which she is exploring the relationship between employment status and health. This has involved using secondary data to analyse the individual and structural factors associated with transitioning from health-related inactivity into employment, the relationship between employment status and  different  measures of health (biomedical, functional and self-rated), and the health impacts of employment and welfare transitions.


She studied medicine at the University of Newcastle, graduating in 2003 before moving to Glasgow to train as a GP, gaining membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) with merit in 2007. She went on to train as a Sexual Offences Examiner whilst holding a staff grade post within Family Planning and Sexual Health Services, and was appointed as a GP Fellow in Health Inequalities (2008-2009). This led to further research work with NHS Education for Scotland.


Esther started as a public health trainee with NHS Ayrshire & Arran in 2010, and has since obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) with distinction at Glasgow University and membership of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPH). She came to the SPHSU in 2012 on secondment from the NHS as a CSO-funded 'Clinial Research Fellow', which covered the first two years of her PhD. As well as her PhD studies Esther has been involved with teaching of MBChB students and MPH students. In 2014 she completed the two year ‘Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice’ programme run by the university and became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
 

Publications

2016

Curnock E, Leyland AH, Popham F. The impact on health of employment and welfare transitions for those receiving out-of-work disability benefits in the UK. Social Science & Medicine 2016;162:1–10

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2014

Robinson M, Geue C, Lewsey J, Mackay D, McCartney G, Curnock E, Beeston C. Evaluating the impact of the Alcohol Act on off-trade alcohol sales: a natural experiment in Scotland. Addiction 2014;109:2035–2043

2013

McCartney G, Myers F, Taulbut M, MacDonald W, Robinson M, Scott S, Mitchell R, Millard D, Tod E, Curnock E, Katikireddi SV, Craig N. Making a bad situation worse? The impact of welfare reform and the economic recession on health and health inequalities in Scotland (baseline report). Edinburgh, 2013

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Robinson M, Geue C, Lewsey J, Mackay D, McCartney G, Curnock E, Beeston C. Monitoring and evaluating Scotland’s alcohol strategy: the impact of the Alcohol Act on off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland. Edinburgh, 2013

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Scott S, Curnock E, Mitchell R, Robinson M, Taulbut M, Tod E, McCartney G. What would it take to eradicate health inequalities? Testing the fundamental causes theory of health inequalities in Scotland. Edinburgh, 2013

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2012

Curnock E, Bowie P, Pope L, McKay J. Barriers and attitudes influencing non-engagement in a peer feedback model to inform evidence for GP appraisal. BMC Medical Education 2012;12:12

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Curnock E, Ferguson J, McKay J, Bowie P. Healthcare improvement and rapid PDSA cycles of change: a realist synthesis of the literature - final report. Glasgow, 2012

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Curnock E, Robinson M, McCartney G, Craig N, Beeston C. Monitoring and evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy: preliminary descriptive analysis of the impact of the quantity discount ban on off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland . Edinburgh, 2012

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