SCPHRP March bulletin 2019

STAND UP FOR HEALTH

SCPHRP’s Jillian Manner has been home in Toronto, Canada for a while, and plans to return in April to start work on a new NIHR-funded project called Stand Up For Health, which looks at sedentary behaviour in call centres.

The Stand Up for Health intervention has been developed and tested within the Ipsos MORI call centre in Leith, Edinburgh. 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 developed to target four levels of the call centre: individual, social/cultural, environmental, and organisational levels. Examples of these activities include personal goal setting, healthy competitions, implementation of equipment (standing desks, treadmill desks, stair stepper, etc), and the creation of a wellness committee to organise and administer activities once the researchers have left.

SCPHRP commissioned a video to be created at Ipsos Mori in Leith, with support from staff at both the call centre and SCPHRP. You can find it on our YouTube channel.

Report reveals legacy of public health research centres

By building capacity and capability in public health research, a report shows how the legacy of a UK-wide network of centres of excellence has helped fuel future public health and prevention research. Since 2008, partners in the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) have invested £37 million in a network of six Public Health Research Centres of Excellence (UKCRC centres) to increase infrastructure, build academic capacity in public health research in the UK and provide a platform to engage with policy and practice. The report shows how 10-years of collaborative work by these centres – based in Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Nottingham, Cambridge and Cardiff – has exceeded expectations of what was thought possible back in 2008. Read more here.

Antimicrobial Resistance Project

Earlier this month, SCPHRP’s Larry Doi was in Ghana to work on the Scotland and West Africa Partnership to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance (SWAB) Project, which is being funded by the Scottish Funding Council and the UK Strategies for Global Challenges Research Fund through the University of St Andrews. The goal of the project is to examine drivers of antimicrobial resistance in Ghana. As part of the project, he was involved in conducting stakeholder engagement workshops to assess how the objectives of SWAB could be aligned with the Ghana National Action Plan on Antimicrobial resistance. For more information please contact Larry at larry.doi@ed.ac.uk.

Food security versus food sovereignty: The clash of paradigms

Last Wednesday 20 of March PhD student Ana Sofia Alvarado attended a public lecture called “Food security versus food sovereignty: The clash of paradigms” by Professor Olivier De Schutter, who is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. The content of the lecture was very interesting, clear and well explained. Professor Olivier recognised the importance of the Good Food Nation Consultation, which is happening in Scotland in order to improve and integrate the food system towards a healthier environment. Here is the link https://consult.gov.scot/food-and-drink/good-food-nation/ to complete the consultation about the new law on food. The consultation closes the 18th of April. The Scottish Food Coalition is offering a guide to responding and understand the consultation and the framework legislation.
http://www.foodcoalition.scot/good-food-nation-campaign.html

20MPH Project

SCPHRP’s Ruth Jepson attended a committee meeting on the Restriction Roads Bill to give evidence on the 20MPH project on behalf of the Project Team. Further information on the development of the 20MPH project to come.

eMERGe reporting guidance

The newly formed Evidence Synthesis Ireland have invited Dr Emma France to present a webinar on the eMERGe reporting guidance. It will be on 11/04/19 from 12noon – 1pm. If you want to follow them, their handle is @EvidSynIRL and they now have a website too https://evidencesynthesisireland.ie/. To register please go to:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hxzhy1QRR_uXdE3Eo2f2lw

Dr Emma France, Senior lecturer, Masters in Health Research Acting Programme Director & Dissertation Module Co-ordinator

 

1.SCPHRP’s Jan Pringle has a new publication, following on from research carried out with colleagues at the University of Dundee, and the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS):

Jindal-Snape D, Johnston B, Pringle J, Kelly TB, Scott R, Gold L, Dempsey R. 2019. Multiple and Multidimensional life transitions in the context of life-limiting health conditions: longitudinal study focussing on perspectives of young adults, families and professionals. BMC Palliative Care 18: 30-42

 

This particular project was concerned with learning more about how young adults, in the care of CHAS, transition as they move on from services designed and provided for children. Jan gathered data from young adults in their homes, often involving young adults with very restricted abilities: “It was very humbling to listen to these young adults, and their families, recount their stories. Hopefully these accounts will be of benefit to those providing and shaping services“.

2.Stephen Malden & Larry Doi (2019) The Daily Mile: teachers’ perspectives of the barriers and facilitators to the delivery of a school-based physical activity intervention. BMJ Open, 9:e027169. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027169. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/3/e027169

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The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP) vision is to develop Scotland as a leader in public-health intervention research for equitable health improvement through catalysing strong researcher/research-user collaborations that ensure timely, robust, policy relevant research that is created with – and used by – key decision-makers.

If you have any news including  job vacancies, projects, conferences that you would like to include in the next bulletin, please contact Yvonne Laird (Yvonne.Laird@ed.ac.uk).

Thank you

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SCPHRP February bulletin 2019

Goodbye to John McAteer

John McAteer, SCPHRP’s Deputy Director has decided to fly the SCPHRP nest for the foreseeable future and we’re going to miss him greatly. John has been part of the team for many years and has some incredible achievements under his belt, including the STAND awards, Parenting Strategy, PHEN, 6SQUiD and many more. John plans to remain involved with SCPHRP, although in a different capacity so I am sure we’ll be seeing him at some point or another!

Missing you already John Mac.

Stand up for Health

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) recently funded research on ‘Stand Up for Health’, an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in contact centres. The grant is led by Ruth Jepson of SCPHRP, and co-investigators are Graham Baker from the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, Richard Parker and Andrew Stoddart from the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit, and Scott Lloyd from Public Health, South Tees. The idea came from a group project on the Masters of Public Health course in Edinburgh, Developing and Evaluating Complex Public health Interventions.

The Stand Up for Health intervention was further developed and tested within the Ipsos MORI call centre in Leith, Scotland. 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 developed to target four levels of the call centre: individual, social/cultural, environmental, and organisational levels. Examples of these activities include personal goal setting, healthy competitions, implementation of equipment (standing desks, treadmill desks, stair stepper, etc), and the creation of a wellness committee to organise and administer activities once the researchers have left.

SCPHRP commissioned a video to be created at Ipsos Mori in Leith, with support from staff at both the call centre and SCPHRP.  The filmmaker is Felix Adamson. You can watch it on our YouTube channel

Research to inform the Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Group at the Scottish Government

SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird and Ruth Jepson are currently working on a research project to inform the work of the Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Group at the Scottish Government. More details to follow…

Latest Publication: 

France E.F.,  Uny, I., Ring, N., Turley,R.L. Maxwell, M., Duncan, E.A.S., Jepson, R.G., Roberts, R.J., Noyes, J. (2019). A methodological systematic review of meta-ethnography conduct to articulate the complex analytical phases. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 19:35 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-019-0670-7

 

Visiting Scholar Jacqueline Gahagan

Jacqueline Gahagan from the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University will be based in SCPHRP in May (1st – 10th) as a visiting scholar. Jacquie is a Full Professor of Health Promotion and Head of the Health Promotion Division in the School of Health and Human Performance

Her team recently submitted a large Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant on biomedical advances on STBBI testing. They expect to hear later this term if they are funded for this 5-year program of research. This grant proposal is an extension of the earlier work they have been doing as part of REACH 2.0 and the CBR collaborative to address gaps in access to new STBBI testing technologies.  She is keen to talk to anyone who shares an interest in this area. Her hope is that she can develop an international collaborative on public health research with a focus on sexual health promotion. She will be giving a seminar on this topic during her time, and if any of you would like to meet her during her stay, please contact Ruth at ruth.jepson@ed.ac.uk.

Obesity Action Scotland

SCPHRP research fellows Yvonne Laird and Jan Pringle are currently liaising with Obesity Action Scotland with a view to carrying out two new obesity-related scoping reviews.

More details  to follow in the next bulletin…

PhD opportunity: Process Evaluation of South Tees Local Delivery Pilot

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
PhD Research Studentship (full-time for 3 years)
Stipend: £14,777 per annum, Location: Middlesbrough, Hours: Full time

A three-year PhD studentship is available to UK, EU and International students. The studentship covers home/EU tuition fees, stipend equivalent to full UK Research Council rate and research expenses. International students will need to cover the tuition fee shortfall of approx. £8200 per year. Redcar & Cleveland Borough council has secured funding from Sport England to deliver one of twelve national Local Delivery Pilots (LDP) in the South Tees region. The aim of the South Tees LDP is to increase physical activity in the underrepresented groups as well as increase the utilisation of outdoor spaces. Sheffield Hallam University has been selected as the evaluation partner for this project to be undertaken as part of a programme of research for a PhD. Due to the complex nature of the LDP, ’realist evaluation’ is an appropriate methodology. Realist approaches are particularly focused on uncovering causal processes and the contexts in which they operate, rather than simply observing outcomes.

The primary aim of the PhD is to undertake a process realist evaluation that gathers evidence and ideas about what works (or doesn’t) to deliver a change in culture, practices and processes to encourage engagement in sport and physical activity, in South Tees. The PhD will specifically be focused at the strategic and organisational level to understand what enable the LDPs to work (or not), for whom and in which circumstances. This evidence will allow South Tees to not only ‘record the journey’ but has the potential to learn iteratively and adapt processes. The work is high profile and will be feeding into the national evaluation being undertaken by Sport England.

This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to work with one of the UK’s leading Universities for undertaking applied work in the field of physical activity evaluation. There will be opportunities to work with key local stakeholders as part of your study and there is an expectation that you will be housed in the Middlesbrough area.Link to the job advert: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/process-evaluation-of-south-tees-local-delivery-pilot/?p107359

The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP) vision is to develop Scotland as a leader in public-health intervention research for equitable health improvement through catalysing strong researcher/research-user collaborations that ensure timely, robust, policy relevant research that is created with – and used by – key decision-makers.

If you have any news including job vacancies, projects, conferences that you would like to include in the next bulletin, please contact Yvonne Laird (Yvonne.Laird@ed.ac.uk).

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SCPHRP Has Moved!

Many of you may know that SCPHRP was funded for ten years until June 2018 by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO). After five years based within the Usher Institute, we are delighted to announce that SCPHRP will continue to operate as a research centre within The University of Edinburgh at the School of Health in Social Sciences. 

The structure of SCPHRP will change from 1st July.  Going forward, 
Dr Ruth Jepson will be the Director and Dr John McAteer will be the Deputy Director. Dr Yvonne LairdDr Larry DoiDr Jan Pringle, and Dr Glenna Nightingale will continue as Research Fellows. Jillian Manner and Kathleen Morrison will continue as Research Assistants and Audrey Buelo will continue her PhD studies with us.  

Our new address as of the 1st July is 2M7, in Doorway 6, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG.

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SCPHRP March bulletin 2019 (March 30, 2019)

STAND UP FOR HEALTH SCPHRP’s Jillian Manner has been home in Toronto, Canada for a while, and plans to return in April to start work on a new NIHR-funded project called Stand Up For Health, which looks at sedentary behaviour in call centres. The Stand Up for Health intervention has been developed and tested within the Ipsos MORI […]

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SCPHRP February bulletin 2019 (February 28, 2019)

Goodbye to John McAteer John McAteer, SCPHRP’s Deputy Director has decided to fly the SCPHRP nest for the foreseeable future and we’re going to miss him greatly. John has been part of the team for many years and has some incredible achievements under his belt, including the STAND awards, Parenting Strategy, PHEN, 6SQUiD and many […]

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