February Bulletin 2017

newsWelcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – February 2017

 


NEW APPOINTMENT at SCPHRP

hannahHannah Biggs – Research Assistant in Public Health Evaluation

Hannah has over 10 years of public health research, development, facilitation and support experience with expertise in mental health. Prior to joining SCPHRP in 2017, Hannah worked in a range of research, development and facilitation roles including working as a Researcher at the Mental Health Foundation and the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health and in support roles at ASH Scotland and the Scottish Government. Read more..

 

Opportunity:  SCPHRP Visiting Expert

We are currently accepting applications from local stakeholders in the Third Sector and community groups, professional public health positions, and public sector health policy fields, for the non-remunerated position of SCPHRP Visiting Expert.   This is a part-time position (perhaps one-half to one-day monthly), the function of which is to work with SCPHRP staff and Fellows on applied research, and/or knowledge-exchange project(s) of mutual interest, bringing diverse “real-world” expertise relevant to our mandate.  The post-holder will gain experience working at the interface between policy, research and practice, and will contribute to a project in their field of interest.  For further information on the role and application process, please visit: http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/opportunity-scphrp-visiting-expert/

PrintSCPHRP Development Awards

We are currently accepting applications to our funding scheme for third sector and policy/practice Working Group members. This is part of our ongoing commitment to enhance the capacity of the Scottish public health workforce to contribute to, and utilise research, via appropriate career development opportunities. Applicants can seek funding for a number of career development activities, including:

  • Attendance at a relevant conference, including registration, travel and accommodation costs.
  • Attendance at a relevant seminar/workshop, including registration, travel and accommodation costs.
  • Further education opportunities, including relevant modules/courses.
  • Travel to meet with a key figure in a related field, where such a meeting is likely to benefit your work.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year, until all available monies (£5,000 per working group) have been allocated. To register as a member of any of the working groups, please visit: http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/join-a-working-group/ and contact the relevant Working Group Fellow for further information.

 

Eat well front coverEvaluation of Eat Well Keep Active (Stage 2)

This evaluation was carried out as part of a larger outcomes evaluation of the Eat Well – Keep Active course run by CHANGES.

Stage 2 followed on from Stage 1 (Robertson 2013) and was a prospective evaluation of people taking part in two consecutive Courses in November 2013 and June 2014.

Using the results and insights gained from Stage 1, the aim of Stage 2 was to determine better whether the Course outcomes (see Appendix 1) were met and to estimate the size of effects which might be attributable to the course. It used a cross-sectional approach to measure short and longer terms effects. The objectives were to: determine

  • the size of effects seen in Stage 1
  • determine whether these effects were maintained over the longer term
  • determine which effects are maintained over the longer term and which are not.

You can view the report here at Eat Well – Keep Active

 

Diabetes UK studentship award

Ruth Jepson and Alison Kirk from Strathclyde have been successful in obtaining a Diabetes UK studentship award to develop a physical activity intervention for women with gestational diabetes.

 

SCPHRP’s 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.

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Evaluation of Eat Well Keep Active (Stage 2)

Eat well front coverThis evaluation was carried out as part of a larger outcomes evaluation of the Eat Well – Keep Active course run by CHANGES.

Stage 2 followed on from Stage 1 (Robertson 2013) and was a prospective evaluation of people taking part in two consecutive Courses in November 2013 and June 2014.

Using the results and insights gained from Stage 1, the aim of Stage 2 was to determine better whether the Course outcomes (see Appendix 1) were met and to estimate the size of effects which might be attributable to the course. It used a cross-sectional approach to measure short and longer terms effects. The objectives were to: determine

  • the size of effects seen in Stage 1
  • determine whether these effects were maintained over the longer term
  • determine which effects are maintained over the longer term and which are not.

We would like to thank all the Eat Well – Keep Active Course attendees who completed our questionnaires. We would also like to thank Health Scotland for funding this evaluation and Heather Cameron at CHANGES Community Health Project, Musselburgh for her unfailing enthusiasm, support and encouragement.

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Health Impacts of Mixed-Tenure Housing Regeneration in Toronto’s Regent Park

 

JIMIn early 2016, Jim Dunn, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, came to Edinburgh to give a talk on the Health Impacts of Mixed-Tenure Housing Regeneration in Toronto’s Regent Park. The seminar was well received and a copy of the slides can be found here. More information about the Regent Park Social Housing Redevelopment Project is available online at https://crunch.mcmaster.ca/projects/regent-park-revitalization

Jim is also a scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments and holds adjunct appointments at the University of Toronto (Geography and Planning) and the University of Waterloo (Planning).

You can contact Jim at jim.dunn@mcmaster.ca or via twitter @UrbanHealthProf

 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: SPRING magazine 2017

We are currently planning our Spring magazine, and would again like to invite contributions from researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

We would particularly welcome contributions related to the topic of mental health, but we would welcome contributions in other areas also. If you are interested in writing something for us, please contact Samantha.Bain@ed.ac.uk or John.McAteer@ed.ac.uk.

DEADLINE FRIDAY 3 MARCH

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January Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – January 2017

Dr Yvonne LairdNew appointments

Dr Yvonne Laird has joined us to work on projects related to our adolescence work stream.  She has recently finished her PhD looking at the effect of social support on physical activity in adolescent girls and is coming to us from PAHRC (Physical Activity for Health Research Centre) here at Edinburgh.

Read more..

 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES. We are currently planning our Spring magazine, and would again like to invite contributions from researchers, policy makers and practitioners.  We would particularly welcome contributions related to the topic of mental health, but we would welcome contributions in other areas also.  If you are interested in writing something for us, please contact Samantha.Bain@ed.ac.uk or John.McAteer@ed.ac.ukDEADLINE FRIDAY 3 MARCH

 

Opportunity:  SCPHRP Visiting Expert

We are currently accepting applications from local stakeholders in the Third Sector and community groups, professional public health positions, and public sector health policy fields, for the non-remunerated position of SCPHRP Visiting Expert.   This is a part-time position (perhaps one-half to one-day monthly), the function of which is to work with SCPHRP staff and Fellows on applied research, and/or knowledge-exchange project(s) of mutual interest, bringing diverse “real-world” expertise relevant to our mandate.  The post-holder will gain experience working at the interface between policy, research and practice, and will contribute to a project in their field of interest.  For further information on the role and application process, please visit: SCPHRP Visiting Expert

SCPHRP Development Awards

COGSWe are currently accepting applications to our funding scheme for third sector and policy/practice Working Group members. This is part of our ongoing commitment to enhance the capacity of the Scottish public health workforce to contribute to, and utilise research, via appropriate career development opportunities. Applicants can seek funding for a number of career development activities, including:

  • Attendance at a relevant conference, including registration, travel and accommodation costs.
  • Attendance at a relevant seminar/workshop, including registration, travel and accommodation costs.
  • Further education opportunities, including relevant modules/courses.
  • Travel to meet with a key figure in a related field, where such a meeting is likely to benefit your work.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year, until all available monies (£5,000 per working group) have been allocated. To register as a member of any of the working groups, please visit: http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/join-a-working-group/ and contact the relevant Working Group Fellow for further information.

Research report Tackling the School Run.

It sets out the importance of combining the provision of safe infrastructure with activities that support cycling and walking in increasing levels of active travel to school. It is a piece of research conducted for Transport Scotland with Sustrans R&MU working as part of a wider consortium. Our particular contribution was to analyse the Hands-Up Scotland survey data in the context of where interventions have been delivered. There is a really important message about joined-up delivery being worth ‘more than the sum of the parts’ at the heart of this – I hope that you can make use of that evidence.

You can find more information on my blog post here:
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/blog/are-we-getting-school-run-right-children-and-young-people

Statistics of Brexit.

The annual conference of the Radical Statistics Group and this year is on the topic of the Statistics of Brexit. http://www.radstats.org.uk/conference/Edinburgh2017/

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SCPHRP’s 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.

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Autumn/ Winter magazine 2016

This edition of the magazine is the second that we have presented as an interactive e-book. This format allows us to present our content in a – hopefully – more engaging way. It also provides us with the tools to bring you more content through the use of embedded audio and hyperlinks. If you have any feedback, we’d be very grateful if you could send it to Sam at samantha.bain@ed.ac.uk

Hope you enjoy

NOTE: We recommend using browsers other than Firefox, as some funtions do not appear in this browser.

If you are unable to access the magazine, there is a pdf version here.

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SCPHRP November Bulletin 2016

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Read all about our recent developments at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP).


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OPPORTUNITY: SCPHRP Visiting Expert

We are currently accepting applications from local stakeholders in the Third Sector and community groups, professional public health positions, and public sector health policy fields, for the non-remunerated position of SCPHRP Visiting Expert.   This is a part-time position (perhaps one-half to one-day monthly), the function of which is to work with SCPHRP staff and Fellows on applied research, and/or knowledge-exchange project(s) of mutual interest, bringing diverse “real-world” expertise relevant to our mandate.  The post-holder will gain experience working at the interface between policy, research and practice, and will contribute to a project in their field of interest.

For further information on the role and application process, please visit: http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/opportunity-scphrp-visiting-expert/


MPH graduation celebrations
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Congratulations to all those who graduated from the Masters of Public Health on the 29th November. Well done!  Dylan Hassell, Audrey Buelo, Christina Katan, Christopher Stothart, and Laura Tirman have been working with us on various projects over the past couple of months here at SCPHRP, and they have been doing a fantastic job.

More celebrations!rens
Renee Ingram, our Office Manager, obtained her Level 4 Business and Administration qualification earlier this month.  Congratulations Renee!


essThe Scottish Third Sector Research Forum’s latest call for evidence across your networks:
The Scottish Third Sector Research Forum wants your evidence of ‘successful co-production in the third sector’. See the call for evidence here. DEADLINE: 28 November 2016

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: We’re currently planning our next magazine If you have any articles you’d like to send us for the mag, please contact Sam Bain at samantha.bain@ed.ac.uk.

DEADLINE: Monday 5th December

To read our latest edition and back editions please go to http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/summer-magazine-2016/ and http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/publications/

 


SCPHRP Development Awards

We are currently accepting applications to our funding scheme for third sector and policy/practice Working Group members. This is part of our ongoing commitment to enhance the capacity of the Scottish public health workforce to contribute to, and utilise research, via appropriate career development opportunities. Applicants can seek funding for a number of career development activities, including:
  • Attendance at a relevant conference, including registration, travel and accommodation costs.
  • Attendance at a relevant seminar/workshop, including registration, travel and accommodation costs.
  • Further education opportunities, including relevant modules/courses.
  • Travel to meet with a key figure in a related field, where such a meeting is likely to benefit your work.
Applications will be accepted throughout the year, until all available monies (£5,000 per working group) have been allocated. To register as a member of any of the working groups, please visit: http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/join-a-working-group/ and contact the relevant Working Group Fellow for further information.

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  • Rosella L, Calzavara A, Frank J, Fitzpatrick T, Donnelly P, Henry D (2016).  Narrowing mortality gap between men and women over two decades: a registry-based study in Ontario, Canada. BMJ Open, 6:e012564, http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/11/e012564.full.pdf+html

 

  • Aitken M, Jorre J, Pagliari C, Jepson R, Cunningham-Burley S (2016). Public responses to the sharing and linkage of health data for research purposes: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. BMJ Medical Ethics, 17(1): 73.

Finally…

As this will be our last bulletin our 2016, we would like to wish you all a fantastic holiday season.

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SCPHRP’s 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 would like to join our mailing list – go to www.scphrp.ac.uk

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OPPORTUNITY: SCPHRP Visiting Expert

We are currently accepting applications from local stakeholders in the Third Sector and community groups, professional public health positions, and public sector health policy fields, for the non-remunerated position of SCPHRP Visiting Expert.   This is a part-time position (perhaps one-half to one-day monthly), the function of which is to work with SCPHRP staff and Fellows on applied research, and/or knowledge-exchange project(s) of mutual interest, bringing diverse “real-world” expertise relevant to our mandate.  The post-holder will gain experience working at the interface between policy, research and practice, and will contribute to a project in their field of interest.

Applicants should have, and should demonstrate in their letter of application:

  1. sufficient knowledge of someone on the SCPHRP team to have their application sponsored by that person, and
  2. adequate experience with SCPHRP to be able to quickly participate in our collaborative programme in an active way.

Compensation and Support Provided: SCPHRP will provide work-space, including a desktop computer with web access, as well as a telephone line, at no cost. While the post is not remunerated, consideration will be given to the reimbursement of reasonable travel costs within the UK, which should be estimated in the letter of application.

Application Process: Application letters, including the name of the SCPRHP team member who is acting as the application sponsor, should be submitted to Prof John Frank, Director, SCPHRP: john.frank@ed.ac.uk – there is no deadline. Appointments will initially be for a duration of one year, after which a participatory evaluation of the experience will be carried out, involving both SCPHRP and the post-holder.

All applications will be considered by a small committee of SCPHRP staff/Fellows with a decision agreed within one week of application receipt.

 

 

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SCPHRP October Bulletin 2016

SCPHRP logo2Read all about our recent developments at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP).

 


 

News & events

THE DIVIDE

the-divide-advertThe new Edinburgh Equality Trust group, and SCPHRP at the Usher Institute are delighted to invite you to a showing of the new film “The Divide” about the ideas in the best-selling book “The Spirit Level). We will hold the showing at the main lecture hall in 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, at 7 pm on Monday November 21st. Prof Kate Pickett of the University of York will give a short talk after the film, and answer any questions.

For more information and to register please go to EventBrite

 

 

athena-swanATHENA SWAN. SCPHRPs very own Renee Ingram has been appointed the Athena Swan Ambassador for the Central Area. For more information about Athena Swan please go to Athena Swan/about

 

To register as a member onto the member only area ( which we will ask PAG members to do to so we can place material there for the meeting 16th Nov; it is an area only available to the team and PAG members), please go to http://emergeproject.org/create-your-account/.

 

PUBLICATIONS
  • CALL FOR ENTRIES: We’re currently planning our Autumn/Winter 2016 magazine. If you have any articles you’d like to send us for the mag, please contact Sam Bain at samantha.bain@ed.ac.uk
  • Doi L, Williams AJ, Frank J. (2016) How has child growth around adiposity rebound altered in Scotland since 1990 and what are the risk factors for weight gain using the Growing Up in Scotland birth cohort 1? BMC Public Health 16:1081. DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3752-z https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-3752-z
  • THEORY BASED EVALUATION OF LONG TERM CONDITIONS AND MACMILLAN BENEFIT ADVICE SERVICE in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. Researchers: Dr Ruth Jepson, Dr Kyle Lambe, Dr Tony Robertson, Dr Andrew James Williams. Integration of health and social care is one of Scotland’s major programmes of reform. At its heart it is about ensuring that those who use public services get the right care and support whatever their needs, at any point in their care journey…Read on.
  • Lee AS, McInnes RJ, Hughes AR, Guthrie W, and Jepson R. The Effect of the More Active MuMs in Stirling Trial on Body Composition and Psychological Well-Being among Postnatal Women (2016). Journal of Pregnancy. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jp/2016/4183648/
  • Evaluation of Universal Infant Free School Meals in Scotland. This report is the second monitoring report of changes in school-meal uptake. Key Findings:

In 2016

· free-school-meal uptake amongst P1-3 pupils increased for the second year

· the proportion of all primary pupils (P1-7) taking a school meal (free or paid) also increased for the second year with 2 out of every 3 primary pupil lunches being school meals.

This suggests that in 2016

· more families benefitted financially from universal infant free school meals

· more primary pupils benefitted nutritionally from having school meals.

However free-school-meal uptake varied across schools and local authorities in 2016. This suggests that the distribution of the financial benefits of the policy is uneven across Scotland. Analysis indicates that the most deprived schools had the highest uptake of free school meals. This would suggest that the families who stand to benefit the most continue to benefit the most financially from the free school meals. The full report and more information on the evaluation can be found at: healthscotland.com/freeschoolmeals


SCPHRP’s 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 would like to join our mailing list – go to www.scphrp.ac.uk

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