November Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – November Bulletin 2017

 

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SCPHRP NEWS

New report: Next steps for action on tobacco control


SCPHRP’s Dr Yvonne Laird, Dr John McAteer and NHS Health Scotland (Dr Garth Reid, Dr Fiona Myers) have published a report of expert views on successes, challenges and future actions on tobacco control policy in Scotland. The experts – including policy makers, practitioners and researchers – recommended that effective policy actions should focus on reducing health inequalities and could include:

Adjusting the price of tobacco by increasing the price of tobacco products or having a minimum price for tobacco

Reducing the availability of tobacco, for example by incentivising retailers to not sell tobacco.

Mass media campaigns focused on smoking cessation and second-hand smoke exposure.

 

The Lancet Public Health Science conference

SCPHRP systematic reviewer, Jan Pringle, attended The Lancet Public Health Science conference in London on 24th November. Scotland’s lead in minimum alcohol pricing was mentioned several times during the day, including during the first few introductory comments by Richard Horton from The Lancet.

Jan gave an oral poster presentation regarding the early learning and childcare review, carried out with colleagues from NHS Health Scotland as part of the Public Health Evidence Network (PHEN) collaboration.

 

 

 

Healthy University of the Future

Yvonne LairdJillian MannerJohn McAteer, alongside Graham Baker from the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre and Helen Ryall in Healthy Universities, have been awarded funding to run an event during the Festival of Creative Learning when they’ll be asking students to design a ‘Healthy University of the Future’.

More information to come soon…

 

British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise conference

Yvonne Laird will be presenting ‘A grounded theory of how social support influences physical activity in adolescent girls’ at the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise conference in Glasgow next month. More information to come…

 

 

Stress Awareness Day

The 1st of November 2017 was National Stress Awareness Day at Edinburgh University, Little France campus and SCPHRP was invited to take part to highlight this important campaign.

As well as showcasing some of our work, Jane Hartley conducted several relaxation skills sessions as part of her ‘Relaxation resource for Kinship Carers‘ project, all sessions were well attended with lots of positive feedback.

 

National Youth Work Conference

SCPHRP’s Hannah Biggs recently attended the National Youth work Conference hosted by YouthLink Scotland and NHS Health Scotland at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. The theme of the conference was “Young People, Mental Health and Wellbeing.” The day involved a number of plenary presentations as well as interactive breakout sessions about work being undertaken across youth work to support the mental health of children and young people.

 

Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections (SPARC) conference

SCPHRP attended the SPARC conference recently. Ruth Jepson gave a presentation on Stand Up for Health: the Barriers and Facilitators to Reducing Sedentary Behaviour in Call Centres. Results of data collected for the Active Forth Exercise Referral Programme were displayed at the poster session. Jillian Manner (pictured), Yvonne Laird and Ruth Jepson helped to analyse the data provided by Scott Burton of Falkirk Community Trust (also pictured). The program aims to maximise opportunities for members of the community to improve their health and wellbeing through physical activity. The project is on-going and the referral team plans to continue to evaluate its’ impact with more in-depth measures.

 

SCPHRP VIDEOS 2 new great videos to watch on our YouTube Channel

20MPH PROJECT Ruth Jepson talking about the 20MPH project in this new video.

And Nicole Porter interviews Dr Charlie Foster and asks “How did you get into Public Health?

Our YouTube channel contains a mix of videos including our SCPHRP meets… a series of Q&A sessions with public health figures and The Evidence Exercise, a series of short videos focusing on the evidence for including physical activity in our lives. Visit our YouTube channel to access our wide range of content and to subscribe.

OTHER NEWS

Christmas Craft Fair,

at which the University of Edinburgh’s staff and students offer a variety of crafted items to make the festive season that little bit more special. Potterow Dome (EUSA) on 8th December, 10am-4pm. More information will be posted on Facebook event listing: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/150419599041957

Vacancy: Research Associate

Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work within the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) research centre that is located within the School. This post is fixed term to the 30th September 2019, part time at 50% (17.5hrs) and available from 1st January 2018. Read more

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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.

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The Lancet Public Health Science conference

SCPHRP systematic reviewer, Jan Pringle, attended The Lancet Public Health Science conference in London on 24th November. Scotland’s lead in minimum alcohol pricing was mentioned several times during the day, including during the first few introductory comments by Richard Horton from The Lancet.

Jan gave an oral poster presentation regarding the early learning and childcare review, carried out with colleagues from NHS Health Scotland as part of the Public Health Evidence Network (PHEN) collaboration. Jan was also able to make new contacts for future research collaboration, including a researcher investigating mentoring for secondary school children.

A great variety of new research was highlighted, including topics relating to physical activity, air pollution, and the impact of Brexit on food policies. Keynote speaker for the day was Helen Walters, former advisor to Boris Johnson, and now with the National Institute for Health Research. Her talk focussed on how to carry out research that the public actually need, and included several questions that we need to ask ourselves when planning research (such as how to ask the right questions, asking them in the right way, and thinking about how to, and who will use, the answers).

Altogether it was a very interesting and useful event.

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Tobacco control policy in Scotland: A qualitative study of expert views on successes, challenges and future actions

In 2013 the Scottish Government launched its tobacco strategy: ‘Creating a tobacco-free generation: A Tobacco Control Strategy for Scotland’ (Scottish Government, 2013). The strategy outlined 46 proposed actions with the aim of making Scotland tobacco-free by 2034. A review of the 2013 tobacco control strategy was published in August 2017 (Reid et al, 2017). It identified the positive impact of the strategy and highlighted the success of a number of key policy actions. However, it also revealed how much progress still needs to be made to reduce tobacco prevalence, particularly among the most deprived communities of Scotland. Furthermore, data from the Scottish Health Survey show that adult smoking prevalence has been static since 20131. This lack of progress highlights how much still needs to be done to tackle smoking.

NHS Health Scotland was asked to undertake further research to complement the literature review described previously (Reid et al, 2017). The focus of this research was to interview tobacco control experts based in Scotland, to seek their views on the impact of the strategy and suggestions for future actions.

Read the report here

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Media release: Embargoed until 00:01 Thursday 23 November 2017: Next steps for action on tobacco control

New report: Next steps for action on tobacco control

The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) (Dr Yvonne Laird, Dr John McAteer) and NHS Health Scotland (Dr Garth Reid, Dr Fiona Myers) have published a report of expert views on successes, challenges and future actions on tobacco control policy in Scotland. The experts – including policy makers, practitioners and researchers – recommended that effective policy actions should focus on reducing health inequalities and could include:

  • Adjusting the price of tobacco by increasing the price of tobacco products or having a minimum price for tobacco.
  • Reducing the availability of tobacco, for example by incentivising retailers to not sell tobacco.
  • Mass media campaigns focused on smoking cessation and second-hand smoke exposure.

For further information, please contact Yvonne Laird.

Read the report here

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National Youth work Conference

On Tuesday 14th November Hannah Biggs attended the National Youth work Conference hosted by YouthLink Scotland and NHS Health Scotland at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. The theme of the conference was “Young People, Mental Health and Wellbeing.” The day involved a number of plenary presentations as well as interactive breakout sessions about work being undertaken across youth work to support the mental health of children and young people.

Plenary presentations included:

Amy Lee Fraioli, MSYP and Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) who spoke about SYP’s campaign last year, Speak your Mind (which we featured in SCPHRP’s Spring Magazine), which focused on mental health and culminated in a research report called Our Generation’s Epidemic. Amy also talked out SYP’s new campaign, Right Here, Right Now, which will focus on respecting, protecting and promoting young people’s rights. Read more about the SYP in our Spring magazine 2017.

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health talked about the new Mental Health Strategy and what the Scottish Government aims to do to support and protect the mental health of children and young people. This included investing in evidence-based interventions that focus on prevention and early intervention.

Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director Healthcare Quality and Improvement, Scottish Government talked about the importance of personalising the delivery of care and gave the example of www.whatmatterstoyou.scot

The impact on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people was a recurring theme throughout the day. Cathy Richards, Lead Clinician Head of CAMHS Psychology in NHS Lothian talked about the links between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mental health and the evidence that having support from an “always available” adult that a young person trusts can help mitigate against the effect of ACEs. NHS Health Scotland also ran a showing of the documentary “RESILIENCE” and Dr Ross Whitehead from the University of St Andrews talked about how ACEs are reported in the HBSC survey.

The day concluded with presentations on; pan Europe work being undertaken to share learning on youth work in different countries (presented by Caroline Vink from The Netherlands Youth Institute); a personal account of the positive impact youth work had on supporting a young person’s mental health through difficult times (by Dave Keenan); the Year of Young People 2018 and the launch of the National Youth Work Awards (by Rachael McCully and Steven Mann from Communic18).

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Stress Awareness Day

The 1st of November 2017 was National Stress Awareness Day at Edinburgh University, Little France campus and SCPHRP was invited to take part to highlight this important campaign.

As well as showcasing some of our work, Jane Hartley conducted several relaxation skills sessions as part of her ‘Relaxation resource for Kinship Carers‘ project, all sessions were well attended with lots of positive feedback. 

A variety of stallholders offered advice, information and practical activities to help staff alleviate stress and promote wellbeing. Staff were able to pot plants for their desks, bringing a bit of nature to the workplace and others joined in relaxation exercises which can be replicated at work. Many people took the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked or to have a shoulder massage.

Other stallholders promoted exercise, building activity in to the working day and singing as contributing to good mental health.

Feedback from staff and stallholders was very positive and it’s hoped the benefits of the event will be long lasting.

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October Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – October Bulletin 2017

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Call for entries: Winter 2017 eMag

We are currently planning our Winter eMagazine, and would again like to invite contributions from researchers, policy makers and practitioners. We’re looking for articles, images, video, audio, conversation and more…

If you are interested in contributing, please contact Sam at Samantha.Bain@ed.ac.uk or John at John.McAteer@ed.ac.uk

Check out our Summer eMag here…

Relaxation support resource for kinship carers

Jane Hartley and John McAteer have been further developing a relaxation support resource for kinship carers who look after teenagers.

Read more…

 

Transcending Boundaries in early November.

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SCPHRP will be attending the Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference 2017: Public Health in Scotland, Transcending Boundaries in early November.

Stephen Malden, Greig Inglis, Yvonne Laird & Larry Doi will all be presenting at this year’s conference. More information will follow…

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the general population of Scottish children.

 

SCPHRP’s Alexandra Blair attended the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Conference at the University of Stirling (October 11-13, 2017) to present work by Dr. Louise Marryat and Professor John Frank on the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the general population of Scottish children.

 

Knowledge Exchange event

SCPHRP’s Jane Hartley attended a knowledge exchange event hosted by PhD candidate Divya Sivaramakrishnan who is based at The Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC https://www.ed.ac.uk/education/rke/centres-groups/pahrc ). Divya shared her research findings on her work looking at yoga in the older adult population. This is in line with Jane’s current project (along with John McAteer and Sam Bain) designing a relaxation resource for kinship carers (mainly grandmothers) who care for teenagers. The image is of an artist (http://www.studiojojo.co/) who captured the ongoing discussions of the event.

A realist evaluation of the refocused school nurse program within early adopter sites in Scotland

Larry Doi recently attended the International Conference for Realist Research, Evaluation and Synthesis in Brisbane, Australia. He presented on the topic “A realist evaluation of the refocused school nurse programme within early adopter sites in Scotland”. This piece of work has already been published by the Scottish Government and it is available – http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/07/2706

The Future of Sport, Activity to Employment 2018 Conference

This event is for forward thinking people working in the physical activity, sport, health and education landscape. This conference provides the opportunity to share knowledge, get the latest insight, drive debate and engage in high quality networking! For further information go to The Future of Sport.

PUBLICATIONS

Edwards, ME., Jepson, R.G., McInnes, R.J. (in press). Breastfeeding initiation: an in-depth qualitative analysis of the perspectives of women and midwives using Social Cognitive Theory. Midwifery.

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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.
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CALL FOR ENTRIES: SCPHRP Winter eMag

 

We are currently planning our Winter eMagazine, and would again like to invite contributions from researchers, policy makers and practitioners. We’re looking for articles, images, video, audio, conversation and more.. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Sam at Samantha.Bain@ed.ac.uk or John at John.McAteer@ed.ac.uk (DEADLINE Monday 13 November)

You can read our Summer eMag here..

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Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference 2017

SCPHRP attended the Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference 2017: Public Health in Scotland, Transcending Boundaries in early November.

 

Stephen Malden, Greig Inglis, Yvonne Laird & Larry Doi presented at this year’s conference.

Presentations….

An evaluation of a physical activity and peer support intervention for people experiencing homelessness: Street Fit Scotland – Stephen Malden

Experiences of poverty-based stigma and discrimination in Scotland – Greig Inglis

Tobacco control policy in Scotland: A qualitative study of expert views on successes, challenges and future actions – Yvonne Laird

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? – Larry Doi

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