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Staff Member Biography

Gerry McCartney

Gerry McCartneyposition: Head of the Public Health Observatory Division, NHS Health Scotland and Public Health Consultant

Contact Details

phone: 0141 414 2750


Biography and Interests

Gerry McCartney qualified at Glasgow in 2001 (MBChB) before undertaking training to become a GP in Paisley (DRCOG 2004, MRCGP 2005). In 2005 he started as a public health trainee first with NHS Argyll and Clyde and subsequently with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (MPH 2006, MFPH 2007). Gerry completed a part-time honours degree in Economics and Development during this time with the London School of Economics and the University of London external programme (BSc(Hons) 2007). 

As part of his public health training Gerry has worked in health protection, health service planning and health improvement. This has included work on obesity prevention, the planning of clinical services for children and outbreak management. His research to date has included a series of articles looking at the potential health impact of actions to counter rising energy prices and climate change, a model of the effect on mortality of changes to the breast cancer screening programme, an evaluation of the impact of a new nursing service for looked-after children and an evaluation of the awareness and acceptibility of the introduction of the electronic care summary. 
He is currently registered for a higher research degree on the topic of, "Maximising the positive health impacts on the host population of the 2014 Commonwealth Games" . This involves conducting a systematic review into the health impacts of major sporting events on the host population and participation in a Health Impact Assessment of the successful bid in Glasgow.
He took up a consultant post at NHS Health Scotland in 2010 as the head of the Public Health Observatory Division. 



Gray L, White IR, McCartney G, Katikireddi SV, Rutherford L, Gorman E, Leyland AH. Use of record-linkage to handle non-response and improve alcohol consumption estimates in health survey data: a study protocol. BMJ Open 2013;3:e002647

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McCartney G, Mahmood L, Leyland AH, Batty GD, Hunt K. Contribution of smoking-related and alcohol-related deaths to the gender gap in mortality: evidence from 30 European countries. Tobacco Control 2011;20:166-8

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Johnstone C, McCartney G. A patient survey assessing the awareness and acceptability of the ‘Emergency Care Summary’ and its consent model. Perspectives in Health Information Management 2010;Spring:1-10

McCartney G, Collins C, Dorling D. Would action on health inequalities have saved New Labour?. BMJ 2010;340:c3294


McCartney G, Cowden J, Murray S, Ahmed S. The use of a new virtual-cohort study design to test a hypothesis in an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to a supermarket delicatessen. Epidemiology and Infection 2010;138:1439-42


McCartney G, Palmer S, Winterbottom J, Jones R, Kendall R, Booker D. A health impact assessment of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Public Health 2010;124:444-51

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McCartney G, Thomas S, Thomson H, Scott J, Hamilton V, Hanlon P, Morrison D S, Bond L. The health and socioeconomic impacts of major multi-sport events: systematic review (1978-2008). BMJ 2010;340:c2369

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Skivington K, McCartney G, Thomson H, Bond L. Challenges in evaluating Welfare to Work policy interventions: would an RCT design have been the answer to all our problems?. BMC Public Health 2010;10:254

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Booker D, Palmer S, Winterbottom J, McCartney G, Jones R, Kendall R. 2014 Commonwealth Games Health Impact Assessment report: planning for legacy. Glasgow, 2009

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Booker D, Palmer S, Winterbottom J, McCartney G, Jones R, Kendall R. 2014 Commonwealth Games Health Impact Assessment: summary report. Glasgow, 2009

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Bray JK, McCartney G, Dunbar JK, Thoulass J. Health behaviour change: do we know what works and is this being implemented in Scotland?. The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians 2009;39:247–51

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McCartney G, Hanlon P. What can health professionals contribute to the challenge of sustainability?. Public Health 2009;123:761-4


McCartney G, Thomas S, Thomson H, Scott J, Hamilton V, Hanlon P, Morrison D, Bond L. A systematic review of the impact of major sports events on host populations [Interim findings report to key stakeholders]. Glasgow, 2009


Hanlon P, McCartney G. Peak oil: will it be public health's greatest challenge?. Public Health 2008;122:647-652


Hunter D, McCartney G, Fleming S, Guy F. The views of residential care workers on the promotion of health and well-being of the children they care for. Adoption and Fostering 2008;32:57-63

Hunter D, McCartney G, Fleming S, Guy F. Using a specialist nursing service to improve the health care of children in residential accommodation. Adoption and Fostering 2008;32:51-6

McCartney G, Hanlon P, Romanes F. Climate change and rising energy costs will change everything: a new mindset and action plan for 21st Century public health. Public Health 2008;122:658-663

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McCartney G, Hanlon P. Climate change and rising energy costs: a threat but also an opportunity for a healthier future?. Public Health 2008;122:653-656

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McCartney G, Hanlon P. It is inconceivable that market mechanisms will prevent economic collapse. Public Health 2008;122:669-670


Stirling A., McCartney G, Ahmed S, Cowden J. An outbreak of Escherichia coli O157 phage type 2 infection in Paisley, Scotland. Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Europeen sur les Maladies Transmissibles [European Communicable Disease Bulletin] 2007;12:E070823.1

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