Gavin Wylie


Nursing, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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Gavin is a PhD student within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and an NHS Podiatrist. Gavin qualified as a podiatrist in 1998 and has held a number of clinical posts across Scotland. He currently divides his time between clinical work in NHS Tayside and his academic work in the school.

Prior to his current role, he held teaching posts in Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, from where he gained his MSc in 2006. He became a PhD student at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences when he was awarded a prestigious pre-doctoral fellowship from the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government.


Gavin’s current research, and the basis of his PhD, is focussed upon the organisational routines of care homes and examining ways of increasing physical activity levels in older care home residents with a view to developing interventions to achieve this.

Prior to this, he was the chief investigator on a £186,000 Chief Scientist Office (CSO) funded study to investigate the potential of podiatry interventions to reduce falls in care homes in feasibility study alongside a pilot randomised controlled trial.  This work has become the catalyst for a planned future large multi-centre trial. He was also lead-author on a CSO-funded systematic review on podiatry interventions to reduce falls. The main journal output from this work is currently in press.

Gavin’s methodological interests are pragmatic, and span the spectrum from qualitative methodology, intervention development, to trials methodology and evidence synthesis.

Gavin is a peer reviewer for a number of BMC Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics