Dr David Nilsson

School: Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care

Job Title: Senior Lecturer



David began his working life as a youth worker in New Zealand, before qualifying in 1990 as a social worker in Australia. As a social worker, he has worked in adoption and permanent care, paediatric acute healthcare, adult acute healthcare, and allied health management and research development roles.

David has been a full-time academic since 2007 and has taught social work at La Trobe University, The University of Melbourne, London Metropolitan University, and Middlesex University, before joining Kingston and St George's in 2015.

David's research and knowledge development interests have centred on social work practice in healthcare, professional supervision, organisational management, clinical data-mining and application of practice theory.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PgCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University
  • Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Social Work, La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • MSW, Human Service Management, La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • BSW, Bachelor of Social Work (with Distinction), La Trobe university, Melbourne
  • BA, Psychology, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ

Professional registration and membership

  • Registered Social Worker, Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member, British Associaton of Social Workers

Research interests

Social work practice in healthcare; professional supervision; organisational management; clinical data-mining; application of practice theory.


Number of items: 14.


Hood, Rick, Nilsson, David and Habibi, Ruth (2018) An analysis of Ofsted inspection reports for children's social care services in England. Child & Family Social Work, ISSN (print) 1356-7500 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Greenwood, Nan, Menzies-Gow, Emma, Nilsson, David, Aubrey, Dawn, Emery, Claire and Richardson, Angela (2018) Experiences of older people dying in nursing homes : a narrative systematic review of qualitative studies. BMJ Open, 8(6), e021285. ISSN (online) 2044-6055

Nilsson, David, Joubert, Lynette, Holland, Lucy and Posenelli, Sonia (2013) The Why of Practice: Utilising PIE to analyse social work practice in Australian hospitals. Social Work in Health Care, 52(2-3), pp. 280-295. ISSN (print) 0098-1389

Nilsson, David (2007) Adapting coping theory to explain the concept of adjustment. Social Work in Health Care, 45(2), pp. 1-20. ISSN (print) 0098-1389

Nilsson, David, Ryan, Martin and Miller, Jane (2007) Applying a theory of expertise in health social work administration and practice. Social Work in Health Care, 44(4), pp. 1-16. ISSN (print) 0098-1389

Nilsson, David (2007) Evaluating Adjustment to Health Condition and Adjustment to Hospitalisation as indicators for intervention. Social Work in Health Care, 45(2), pp. 21-42. ISSN (print) 0098-1389

Nilsson, David and Wellington-Boyd, Anna (2006) Outcomes of the Mount Sinai Social Work Leadership Enhancement Program: Evaluation and extrapolation. Social Work in Health Care, 43(2-3), pp. 163-172. ISSN (print) 0098-1389

Nilsson, David (2002) Psycho-social problems faced by "frequent flyers" in a pediatric diabetes unit. Social Work in Health Care, 33(3-4), pp. 53-69. ISSN (print) 0098-1389

Nilsson, David (2001) Adjusting the IFI for Adjustment. Talking Casemix, 5(3), pp. 1-2.

Book Section

Ryan, Martin and Nilsson, David (2013) Using clinical data-mining as practice-based evidence. In: Liamputtong, Pranee, (ed.) Research methods in health: foundations for evidence-based practice. 2nd ed. South Melbourne, Australia : Oxford University Press. pp. 132-144. ISBN 9780195520064

Miller, Jane and Nilsson, David (2009) Contemporary issues in health social work. In: Connolly, Marie and Harms, Louise, (eds.) Social work: contexts and practice. 2nd ed. South Melbourne, Australia : Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195562873

Nilsson, David and Braddy, Lisa (2009) Health. In: Cleak, Helen Mary, (ed.) Assessment and report writing in the human services. Southbank, Australia : Cengage Learning. ISBN 9780170185462

Conference or Workshop Item

Lindsay, Jane, Watson, Susan and Nilsson, David (2018) Assisting female sex-workers to exit prostitution. Report of an evaluation of a successful community based initiative. In: World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD) 2018; 04 -07 Jul 2018, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)


Nilsson, David, Lindsay, Jane and Watson, Susan (2017) An evaluation of the SPIRES Streetlink programme. (Project Report) Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London. 33 p. (Unpublished)

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