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About David Nelson

David Nelson is a Research Assistant and Macmillan Fellow in the School of Health and Social Care. He is a member of the Mental Health, Health and Social Care (MH2aSC) Research Group and the Social Research Association (SRA). David graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) with a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences with Politics and History and from the University of Strathclyde with an MSc in Political Research. His primary research interests are in the field of cancer survivorship. In particular, the role of rural-urban residence and how this impacts on health behaviours and self-management following cancer treatment. Since joining the University of Lincoln in March 2014, David has worked closely with Macmillan Cancer Support on a range of research projects exploring the social and supportive care needs of cancer patients and their carers.  He has also been involved in research working with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) and Lincolnshire Carers and Young Carers Partnership (LCYCP). Prior to this David worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He has strong expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods and their application to health research. In October 2015, David was appointed a full-time Macmillan Research Fellow. This role will see him collaborating with Macmillan Cancer Support on research looking at self-management in people living with and beyond cancer following treatment. His current research aims to explore and compare the barriers and facilitators to self-management in people living with and beyond cancer from rural and urban areas in the East Midlands of England. David is currently studying towards a PhD at the University of Lincoln.

Department Responsibilities

Instructor on the Health and Social Care modules ‘Policy, Politics and People’ and ‘Research Methods’. Supervisor for BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care dissertations. Supervisor for BSc (Hons) Nursing dissertation students. BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care Personal Tutor.  Assists with quantitative and qualitative methods teaching on research methods modules across the Nursing and Health and Social Care degree programmes.

Subject Specialism

research methods, cancer survivorship, self-management, social and supportive care needs of cancer patients, service evaluation, qualitative research, quantitative research


  • PhD Health Studies (in progress) — University of Lincoln, 2016
  • MSc Political Research — University of Strathclyde, 2013
  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences with Politics & History — Glasgow Caledonian University, 2012


  • School of Health and Social Care PhD Fellowship — University of Lincoln,

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Research Interests

  • cancer survivorship

  • self-management

  • differences in rural-urban health

  • social and supportive needs of people affected by cancer

  • mixed methods research

  • service evaluation

  • informal caregivers

Research Projects

  • Evaluation of a new Rehabilitation Medicine Community Outreach Service — United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2015
  • Evaluation of the Lincolnshire Carers & Young Carers Partnership (LCYCP) Older Carers Project — Lincolnshire County Council in 2015
  • Meeting the social care needs of people affected by cancer in Lincolnshire — Macmillan Cancer Support/Bromhead Medical Charity in 2015
  • Investigating optimal hand-over practice: An evaluation of a new initiative from an acute medical setting — United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2014
  • Supporting carers of people affected by cancer and other long-term conditions in Lincolnshire — Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014
  • Self-Management in people living with and beyond cancer following treatment — Macmillan Cancer Support & University of Lincoln in

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Degree Responsibilities

  • Personal Tutor - BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care — 2017 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • Supervisor - HEA3038M: Health and Social Care Dissertation — 2016 to Present
  • Supervisor - NUR3021M: Nursing Independent Study — 2017 to Present
  • Module Tutor - HEA2042M: Research Methods — 2016 to Present
  • Module Tutor - HEA9426M: Research Methods in Health — 2017 to Present
  • Module Tutor - HEA2040M: Politics, Policy and People — 2016 to 2017
  • Module Tutor - NUR3011M: Research Skills for Evidence-based, Professional Practice for Practitioners — 2016 to 2016

Professional Affiliations


David is a representative for the University on the Living With And Beyond Cancer Steering Group for Lincolnshire