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June 2018

Our Outdoors

A new citizen science project exploring how shared (public) outdoor spaces affect health and wellbeing. This project is supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC) who in the summer of 2017 selected the project as their citizen science project. The project aims to understand the impact shared (e.g. public) outdoor spaces have on the health […]

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March 2018

UPDATE: The ‘Healthy University of the Future’ hackathon

In partnership with University Sport and Exercise and the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), SCPHRP ran an event during the Festival of Creative Learning to get students to think about health in the university setting and to design solutions to health challenges facing students. Two teams of students worked on diverse health topics. […]

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October 2017

A relaxation resource for kinship carers

Our goal Our goal was to design a support resource for kinship carers. Kinship carers – often grandparents – are family members who take care of children when the birth-parents are no longer able to care for them due to circumstances such as ill-health, addiction, abuse or bereavement. The kinship carers are often from deprived communities […]

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October 2017

A new Citizen Science project

A new citizen science project This month SCPHRP is beginning a new citizen science project exploring how shared (public) outdoor spaces affect health and wellbeing. This project is supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC) who in the summer of 2017 selected the project as their citizen science project. About the project Good quality outdoor […]

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September 2017

Forest School Project

What we did: Spending time in Forest Schools may have an influence the health of teenagers and how they feel. This study aimed to find out girls experiences of the Nature Unlimited programme. The primary researcher (Jillian Manner) interviewed Forest School participants this past fall in order to understand their experiences in the program. The […]

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September 2017

LANDSCAPE REVIEW OF OBESITY RESEARCH IN SCOTLAND: AN UPDATE

IN 2015 SCPHRP members Ruth Jepson, Michelle Estrade, Stephen Malden and Daryll Archibald carried out a landscape review of current and ongoing obesity research that has been conducted on Scottish populations in the last decade, on behalf of NHS Health Scotland. This research was intended to supplement revisions that were being made to Scotland’s Obesity […]

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August 2017

20 MPH study project

A new 20 MPH study project will examine the impact of 20mph speed limits on safety and public health. Rates of traffic accidents and injuries before and after the change will be measured to look at whether road safety has been enhanced. Any change in transport use will also be scrutinised by examining the take-up of cycling […]

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August 2017

Stand Up for Health

WELCOME TO STAND UP FOR HEALTH The Stand Up for Health intervention has been developed and tested within the Ipsos MORI call centre in Leith. The researchers conducted qualitative focus groups and facilitated a workshop to understand the needs and context of the call centre. Based on the qualitative data, activities to reduce sedentary behaviour were […]

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July 2016

The Community Alcohol Campaign

An interactive resource and educational tool for the Community Alcohol Campaign, led by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Please note, the publication contains certain elements that are for example purposes only and not relevant to the project i.e video. SCPHRP has been working with Lee Craig, a Health Improvement Senior at Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, […]

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March 2016

Evaluation of TRE (Tension & Trauma Release Exercises) among university students

We are collaborating with Vicki Cooke at TRE Scotland to evaluate the effectiveness on stress-reduction of TRE (Tension & Trauma Release Exercises) on University Students.

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March 2016

School-based stress-reduction skills

 We are collaborating to design, implement and evaluate school-based mental-health promotion interventions, particularly utilising stress-reduction mind-body skills such as yoga.

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March 2016

Parenting support for kinship carers looking after teenagers

We’ve recently developed and designed a parenting support project. The Care Project is a parenting support programme for kinship carers looking after teenagers. It provides teenager-based parenting skills around connectedness, conflict management and behaviour control. To encourage maximum learning, it utilises a four-part learning process: self-awareness; learning; self-monitoring; and reflection. The programme consists of a […]

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March 2016

Mental Health: Moving Forwards – The Five Year Plan programme

SCPHRP Jane Hartley will be attending a mental health conference which is looking at NHS England’s new five year mental health plan: A new era for mental health care is on the horizon… Mental Health: Moving Forwards – The Five Year Plan will explore how the new national strategy for mental health services can drive action so […]

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March 2016

Life of Breath

SCPHRPs Jane Hartley is attending an interdisciplinary symposium, organised by the Centre for Medical Humanities and Anthropology Department at Durham University as part of the Life of Breath project to ‘explore, discuss and gain insight into the perception and experience of breath and breathing practices both historically and cross-culturally’. “I’m going there specifically to share […]

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December 2015

Early Years Working Group – Continuity and transition of care event

The Early Years Working Group, together with Better Births Initiative (Royal College of Midwives) and the Evidence for Action Team (NHS Health Scotland) recently organised a free, half-day event at the University of Edinburgh to promote effective continuity and transition of care throughout maternity and to health visiting services. The event brought together about thirty-five […]

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July 2015

Seven Key Investments for Health Equity across the Lifecourse: Scotland versus the rest of the UK

A new research article from the SCPHRP team, led by Prof. John Frank, has explored the evidence supporting seven potential societal investments (aimed at different stages of the lifecourse) that could help improve health and reduce health inequalities. The research team used hard-to-find comparable analyses of routinely collected data to gauge the relative extent to which these investments have been pursued […]

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May 2015

Continuity and Transition of Care: How Can we take the Evidence to Practice?

Continuity and Transition of Care: How Can we take the Evidence to Practice? A networking and learning event which aims to explore the key issues around continuity and transition care throughout antenatal, intrapartum and post-natal services.

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April 2015

Open Space on Health Inequalities in Scotland (Report)

This is a visual and written summary of an Open Space event on Health Inequalities that took place on 31st March 2015 at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh. The event was organised and facilitated by the Working Age/Adult Life Working Group of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP), University of Edinburgh. […]

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February 2015

Calling all obesity researchers: Scottish Landscape Obesity Review

05/03/2015 Dear Colleagues, Many thanks for responding to our call for information on obesity-related research conducted in Scotland over the last decade. We are now coming to the end of our data collection period and would like to give you the chance to review the information we’ve extracted about your work and that of other […]

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October 2014

Creating Better Health & Wellbeing – Final Report & Video

This one-day networking and learning event was organised by members of the Adult Life/Working Age Working Group at SCPHRP. It aimed to help bring academic researchers and community organisations together to discuss methods and experiences of improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities in Scotland. The main objectives for the day were: Showcasing some […]

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June 2014

Farr Institute @ Scotland/Natural Experiments

Farr Institute @ Scotland A few members of the SCPHRP are involved with the new Farr Institute @ Scotland. The Farr Institute @ Scotland is a national centre which brings together researchers from six Scottish Universities with experts from NHS National Services Scotland with the aim of producing high-quality cutting edge research using electronic health […]

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June 2014

Self-Management and Social Prescribing Advisory Group (NHS Scotland / Scottish Government)

The overall aim of this advisory group is to increase knowledge of self-management (sets of approaches that aim to enable people living with long-term conditions to take control and manage their own health) and social prescribing (a mechanism for linking patients with non-medical sources of support within the community) opportunities available to the people of […]

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May 2014

Training materials on developing public health interventions

SCPHRP and its partner organisations are currently developing a step-by-step practical approach to developing public health interventions. The training materials are in their final stages and would be piloted soon with a selected group of public health practitioners.  

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May 2014

Childhood obesity analysis using the Growing Up in Scotland study

SCPHRP Early Years Working Group is currently involved in analysing the Growing Up in Scotland data in relation to childhood obesity. The study investigates developmental trajectories, by age, gender, socio-economic status, and Scottish region, of childhood overweight or obesity, and its associated co-morbidities. The rationale is that by identifying patterns of overweight or obesity growth […]

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May 2014

Adaptation and Piloting of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) in Scottish School Enterers

In collaboration with East Lothian Local Authority and McMaster University, Canada, SCPHRP and the Head of the School of Psychological Sciences and Health at Strathclyde University, Professor Lisa Woolfson, piloted a project to test the feasibility in Scotland of using a teacher-completed child-development questionnaire (the EDI). This would be completed triennially for all children in […]

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May 2014

Secondary Analyses of Health Behaviours of School Children (HBSC) Data

In addition to its programme of competitively awarded seed grants, SCPHRP commissioned seven needs-based projects during 2008 ’€“ 2012, with a focus on  the development of improved data-systems for sensitive population-level monitoring of overall changes in Scottish health status, and trends and patterns in health inequalities, particularly by socio-economic status (SES). Following on from the […]

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May 2014

Secondary Analyses of Diabetes-Related Inequalities by Socio-Economic Status in Scotland

In addition to its programme of competitively awarded seed grants, SCPHRP commissioned seven needs-based projects during 2008 ’€“ 2012, with a focus on  the development of improved data-systems for sensitive population-level monitoring of overall changes in Scottish health status, and trends and patterns in health inequalities, particularly by socio-economic status (SES). In collaboration with Sarah […]

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May 2014

Analysis of the West of Scotland Youth Cohorts for Secular Trends in Risky Behaviours

In addition to its programme of competitively awarded seed grants, SCPHRP commissioned seven needs-based projects during 2008 – 2012, with a focus on  the development of improved data-systems for sensitive population-level monitoring of overall changes in Scottish health status, and trends and patterns in health inequalities, particularly by socio-economic status (SES). This project reports on […]

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May 2014

Record-Linkage and Scottish Longitudinal Study Analyses of Scottish SES Gradients in Health Using Individually-Assigned SES Variables

In addition to its programme of competitively awarded seed grants, SCPHRP commissioned seven needs-based projects during 2008 – 2012, with a focus on  the development of improved data-systems for sensitive population-level monitoring of overall changes in Scottish health status, and trends and patterns in health inequalities, particularly by socio-economic status (SES). Launched in 2008, this […]

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May 2014

Inequalities in risk marker acquisition in the Scottish population

This research theme is led by Tony Robertson, in collaboration with John Frank and Alastair Leyland and Linsay Gray (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow), and involves investigating inequalities in chronic disease risk marker acquisition across the lifecourse by factors such as age, sex, socioeconomic circumstances and place in the Scottish population […]

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May 2014

Community Food and its Impact on Mental Health and Wellbeing

This project is led by Ruth Jepson in collaboration with Michelle Estradé and Tony Robertson, Roma Robertson (SCPHRP) and partners at Community Food and Health Scotland (CFHS)/NHS Health Scotland. The aim of this study is to bring together and synthesise the learning from evaluations of community-based work involving food and its impact on mental health […]

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May 2014

The Biology of Inequality

This research theme is led by Tony Robertson and investigates the biological mechanisms that link our social and economic circumstances and our health. Social inequalities in health, with people experiencing progressively worse health with increasing deprivation, are present throughout the world. In Scotland, this inequality in life expectancy by deprivation (20% most deprived vs. 20% […]

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May 2014

Enabling health and wellbeing among older people: capitalising on resources in deprived areas through general practice

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: Institute for Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow Principle investigator: Professor Sally Wyke Evidence shows that interventions which can prevent or delay disablement and enhance wellbeing in older people include: increasing […]

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May 2014

Impact of health interventions on educational outcomes: an exemplar study of the management of breech infants.

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: University of Glasgow Principle investigator: Professor Jill Pell Historically, intervention studies have relied on prospective collection of follow-up events. Scotland’€™s high quality, comprehensive routine health data provide the opportunity to ascertain […]

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May 2014

Feasibility trial of a Price Incentive Intervention to promote the uptake of healthy eating options in workplace canteens in Scotland

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: University of Dundee Principle investigator: Professor Annie S. Anderson Current levels of obesity in Scotland require concerted action from a range of stakeholders including the catering sector. This study aims to […]

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May 2014

Youth Tobacco and alcohol environments in Scotland and the relationships with risky behaviours

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: University of Edinburgh Principle investigator: Dr Niamh Shortt It is well established that tobacco and alcohol use pose significant global public health challenges and are major determinants of preventable morbidity and […]

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May 2014

Infant feeding in Scotland: exploring the influence of hospital on infant feeding choices (within Glasgow) and the potential health and economic benefits of breastfeeding on child health.

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: Glasgow Centre for Population Health Principle investigator: Mr Bruce Whyte This study will investigate the influence of hospital on infant feeding choices within Glasgow and will explore across Scotland the potential […]

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May 2014

Combining Health, Social Services and Functional data for older people in Tayside ’€“ a multisource, interdisciplinary record linkage project.

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: University of Dundee Principle investigator: Dr Miles D Witham Existing interventions to postpone disability in later life have only modest effects and new interventions are therefore required. Current population-based observational studies […]

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May 2014

Reducing sickness absence in Scotland ’€“ applying the lessons from a pilot NHS intervention

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: University of Glasgow Principle investigator: Professor Ewan Macdonald OBE The project aims to establish a model for an early intervention for sickness absence which can be adapted for a variety of […]

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May 2014

Antenatal parenting support for women vulnerable in pregnancy: an exploratory randomised controlled trial of Mellow Bumps

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: University of Glasgow Principle investigator: Dr Phil Wilson We propose an exploratory randomised trial, among prospective mothers at high psychosocial risk, comparing an antenatal intervention (Mellow Bumps) designed to improve both […]

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May 2014

Setting up data linkage systems for children in Glasgow

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow Principle investigator: Dr Phil Wilson It is well established that early experiences have a significant long term impact on health and wellbeing of […]

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May 2014

Preventing or delaying disablement amongst older adults: mapping the Scottish landscape to identify promising programmes

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: University of Stirling Principle investigator: Professor Sally Wyke Recognition of the need to act to promote healthy ageing and to reduce potential demand on health and social care services has led […]

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May 2014

Feasibility Study of Use of Direct Payments for Informal Care

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: University of Aberdeen Principle investigator: Professor Anne Ludbrook As the size of the older population increases, maintaining people in their own homes is an important policy objective in terms of both […]

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May 2014

Investigation of observed increases in breastfeeding rates in deprived areas

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: Glasgow Centre for Population Health Principle investigator: Bruce Whyte This project will use innovative and complementary approaches to investigate the unexpected increase in breastfeeding in selected deprived neighbourhoods within Greater Glasgow […]

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May 2014

Development of a Risk Prediction tool for entering a Nursing Home in those aged 65 and over in a Scottish Population

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: University of Dundee Principle investigator: Professor Peter Donnan Entering a nursing home in later life is associated with enormous impact on the health of an individual, as well as cost consequences […]

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May 2014

Whole school interventions addressing multiple adolescent risk behaviours

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012.  Institution: MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit Principle investigator: Professor Lyndal Bond Schools are not just neutral places where young people learn; the school context or ethos affects them positively or […]

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May 2014

Youth male violence in Scotland: Understanding antecedents

This project is a SCPHRP’s seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 – 2012.  Institution: University of St Andrews Principle investigator: Professor Peter Donnelly Violence is an important Public Health issue and a contributing factor in health inequalities. The project involves a proof of concept study […]

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May 2014

How Young STAND Works

The Young STAND Awards (Young Scots Tackling Alcohol and Drugs Awards) is an awards scheme co-hosted by Mentor Scotland and SCPHRP, aimed at young people who, through their schools or communities, are involved in projects which address alcohol and substance misuse. The inaugural Young STAND Awards was held in 2013, and takes place annually. How […]

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