October Bulletin 2018

 

Hello and welcome to our October bulletin. Bringing you our usual mix of news, publications, project updates and more.

SCPHRP is on the move again! We have moved offices for the second in six months and hope we can now settle for a while. Our address is

9 Hope Park Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9NW

It is a lovely building, just off Meadow Lane, and next to the Meadows. We hope that many of you will come and visit us there.

We had another busy month, with several of us attending and presenting at International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) conference in London. From there, Ruth Jepson, Yvonne Laird and Bessie Lehman went to a ISPAH post satellite symposium on ‘Creating active and liveable environments – Enhancing the interface between research, policy and practice’. International speakers included Professor Billie Giles-CortiProfessor Rodrigo Reis, and Professor Jim Sallis

The event was organised by Dr Ruth Hunter from Queen’s University Belfast and we are very grateful to her for inviting us and for all her hospitality. Ruth Jepson presented some early findings of our qualitative work (undertaken by Yvonne Laird and Jillian Manner) around how we need to rethink the practice, policy, research cycle. They also visited the inspirational Connswater Greenway project – see section under ‘October events’

We also wrapped up our project with the Junction –  a safe, friendly, confidential centre which offers lots of health-related services, education and support for young people in Leith and North East Edinburgh aged 12-21. We explored the impact of their work on the young people who attend.

If you would like to find out more about SPHRP, please get in touch with us or visit our website.

 

With very best wishes,

Ruth Jepson (ruth.jepson@ed.ac.uk) and John McAteer (john.mcateer@ed.ac.uk)


NEWS AND PROJECTS UPDATE


NEW Publications


 

Inglis, G, Daryll, A, Doi, L, Laird, Y, Malden, S, Marryat, L, McAteer, J, Pringle, J & Frank, J 2018, ‘Credibility of subgroup analyses by socioeconomic status in public health intervention evaluations: An underappreciated problem?’ SSM – population health. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.09.010

 

Turner K, Jepson R, MacDonald B, Kelly P, Biggs H, Baker G. Developing and refining a programme theory for understanding how twenty mile per hour speed limits impact health. Journal of Transport and Health 2018. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214140517307302

 


Project Updates


Is 20 Plenty for Health? Evaluation of 20mph speed limits in Edinburgh and Belfast

Our NIHR funded study is examining the impact of 20mph speed limits on safety and public health in Edinburgh and Belfast. Rates of traffic accidents and injuries before and after the limits were introduced 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 and walking. Residents will also be asked their opinions of the limits The research team, led by the University of Edinburgh and Ruth Jepson of SCPHRP, hopes the project will inform other cities planning to introduce lower speed limits. It is the largest of its kind in the UK and will run until 2020. You can find out more about it, plus a video by Ruth Jepson on our SCPHRP websiteWe had our 3rd Study Steering Committee in October 2018 and the Committee agreed that there was enough evidence of effect for us to proceed with our economic evaluation.  The economic evaluation is being led by Dr Neil Craig from NHS Health Scotland and James Woodcock from The University of Cambridge.

Conference presentations and posters

Dr Paul Kelly from PAHRC gave a presentation at ISPAH on ‘What are the preliminary findings on the impact of city-wide 20mph/30kph legislation in Edinburgh and Belfast?  (slides available0Ruth Jepson  gave an e-poster presentation on  ‘Is 20 plenty? Evaluation of the 20mph/30kph speed limit policies in Edinburgh and Belfast’Mr Kieran Turner from PAHRC had an e-poster presentation on

Evaluation of the 20mph/30kph speed limit policies in Edinburgh and Belfast: Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of 20mph speed limit schemes: A qualitative exploration

Articles

Dr Ruth Hunter from Queen’s University Belfast wrote an article for the Conversation entitled, London is proposing 20mph speed limits – here’s the evidence on their effect on city lifeTurner K, Jepson R, MacDonald B, Kelly P, Biggs H, Baker G. Developing and refining a programme theory for understanding how twenty mile per hour speed limits impact health. Journal of Transport and Health 2018. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214140517307302

 

 


Conferences


 

We had a number of poster abstracts accepted for two upcoming conferences this year, see below for more information.

 

7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress
London, 15th-17th October 2018

Ruth Jepson, Audrey Buelo and Stephen Malden attended the 2018 ISPAH conference to present three successful abstracts (one about 20mph, see above) and one oral presentation from SCPHRP’s work.

Street Fit evaluation

Stephen Malden, Ruth Jepson, Yvonne Laird, John McAteer (oral presentation). An evaluation of a physical activity and peer-support intervention for people experiencing homelessness: Street Fit ScotlandMore information on Street Fit Scotland can be found here https://www.streetfitscotland.org/

Stand Up For Health

Ruth Jepson, Kathleen Morrison, Laura Tirman and Hannah Biggs – e-poster or   ‘Stand Up for Health – Using 6SQuID to Develop a Sedentary Behaviour Intervention in Call Centres’ Watch our video here http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/stand-up-for-health/

Step Count Challenge

Mary Allison, Ruth Jepson, Ailsa Niven‘Developing a realist programme theory for the Paths for All Step Count Challenge’

Mary’s PhD is a Realist Evaluation and Synthesis of the Step Count Challenge.  The first stage of this work has been to generate a ‘realist programme theory’ that can be tested and refined.  The poster sets out how the programme theory was generated and what the 7 candidate programme theories are.

 


October Events


Here’s an update on some of the recent events we’ve attended this month.


Visit to the Connswater Greenway, Belfast

Whilst some of us were in Belfast, Ruth Hunter organised a visit to the Connswater Greenway in Belfast. Many famous people lived in the area including C.S. Lewis and Van Morrison (Ruth J was very excited to actually see ‘the Hollow’ from the song Brown Eyed Girl).The Connswater Community Greenway has created a 9km linear park through east Belfast, creating vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation, community events and activities.

The project

The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life for the people of east Belfast. These include;  40,000 residents, pupils and students attending the 23 schools and colleges, visitors and tourists to east Belfast and those who chose to work and invest in east Belfast.

Research

The UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI led a multidisciplinary team to win a prestigious Medical Research Council award to evaluate the Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) and its impacts on physical activity and the healthy of the local population in East Belfast.What was unique about the bid to the National Prevention Research Initiative was that it brought together a partnership of at least four government departments (including Department for Social Development, Department for Regional Development, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, and Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety NI), the Public Health Agency and academics from a range of disciplines to produce a proposal to evaluate the £32M CCG project which will improve the built environment and quality of life in East Belfast.This natural experiment will contribute significantly to the evidence base and has created much excitement internationally in the public health research community.

For those of you interested in the findings of the research, you can find research reports here.

Next to the ‘wardrobe’ from C.S.Lewis ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Left to right: Deepti Adlakha, Yvonne Laird, Michele Bryans (Connswater Community Greenway Trust Manager), Bessie Lehman, Billie Giles-Corti, Jim Sallis, Ruth Jepson and Ruth Hunter

 


Funding News


The NIHR Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications for this primary research topic:18/162 Tobacco cessation, control and harm reduction interventions.

There will be two deadlines for stage 1 applications:

– The first call will close on 12 March 2019 at 1pm.

– The second call will open on 13 March and close on 30 July 2019 at 1pm.

For further information visit:

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-opportunities/18162-tobacco-cessation-control-and-harm-reduction-interventions-phr-programme/9373


Goodbye Bessie!

We’d like to wish farewell to Bessie Lehman, from LaTrobe University, Melbourne who completed her three month visit with us this month. She worked with us on our citizen Science Project , Our Outdoors and did a number of interviews with people involved with CHANGES Community Health Project – CHANGES is about providing self help, and support people to self manage.

She also had the opportunity to meet with two international experts in physical activity and the built environment (see photo) whilst she was in Belfast.

Jim Sallis  Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Diego. He also is Director of Active Living ResearchBillie Giles-Corti  –  Distinguished Professor and ECP Director, Urban Futures, University of Melbourne.

 


Jim, Bessie and Billie in Belfast.


Midwives wanted to take part in a Survey!

Discussing alcohol with pregnant women

A project called MAMA – Midwives’ Assessment of expectant Mothers’ Alcohol use, aims to explore the implementation of the 2016 CMO drinking guidelines and is being undertaken by researcher at the University of Edinburgh and University of Hull. The survey is aimed to midwives working in the UK and the research team keen to get as many responses as possible from all four nations.

The survey link can be found at https://edinburgh.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3jwtQ2kbjC9Tug5 and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants have the opportunity to enter a prize draw for one of three £100 John Lewis vouchers.

This study has been approved by the Nursing Studies Ethics Research Panel at University of Edinburgh.

For more information, please contact Lisa Scholin (lisa.scholin@ed.ac.uk)


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
John McAteer (john.mcateer@ed.ac.uk) by 21st November

 

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September Bulletin 2018

Hello and welcome to our September bulletin. Bringing you our usual mix of news, publications, project updates and more.

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to all new and existing students who joined us at the University of Edinburgh this month!

Autumn is now upon us and September has been a busy month welcoming students and resuming teaching. We’ve attended a number of events this month including the Paths for All 2018 Volunteer Awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament. We’ve also had a number of abstracts accepted for the upcoming Lancet Public Health Science and International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) conferences. You can read more about our updates this month below.

If you would like to find out more about SCPHRP, please get in touch with us.

With very best wishes,

Larry Doi and Kathleen Morrison

 

NEWS AND PROJECT UPDATES


Publications


Evaluability Assessment of Scotland’s Baby Box Report

SCPHRP’s Larry Doi and Laura Tirman were involved in an Evaluability Assessment (EA) of the Scottish Baby Box with Peter Craig of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. The EA was conducted on behalf of the Scottish Government. The report has just been published and can be viewed here.

Project Updates


Evaluation of the Enhanced Health Visiting Pathway in Scotland

SCPHRP’s Larry Doi (PI), Ruth Jepson and Kathleen Morrison, including researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Stirling, University of the West of Scotland, Ipsos MORI, and the Information Services Division (ISD) of the NHS National Services Scotland have recently been commissioned by the Scottish Government to evaluate the Enhanced Health Visiting Pathway. There have been substantial changes to Health Visiting in Scotland recently and SCPHRP is excited to be involved in the evaluation. The evaluation is over four years and you can contact Larry for more information at larry.doi@ed.ac.uk.

 

Upcoming Conferences


We’ve had a number of poster abstracts accepted for two upcoming conferences this year, see below for more information.

7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress
London, 15th-17th October 2018

 

Ruth Jepson will be attending the 2018 ISPAH conference to present three successful abstracts from SCPHRP.

‘Stand Up for Health – Using 6SQuID to Develop a Sedentary Behaviour Intervention in Call Centres’ – Ruth Jepson, Kathleen Morrison, Laura Tirman and Hannah Biggs

Stand Up for Health is a complex workplace-based health intervention developed using the 6SQuID framework (Wight, Wimbush, Jepson, Doi 2016). The study follows the six steps of the framework to identify causal factors and wider determinants of sedentary behaviour in call centres and allows participants to develop intervention activities that are perceived to be feasible and acceptable. The framework enables the design of interventions to be transferable and adaptive to every context.

‘Developing a realist programme theory for the Paths for All Step Count Challenge’ – Mary Allison, Ruth Jepson, Ailsa Niven

Mary’s PhD is a Realist Evaluation and Synthesis of the Step Count Challenge.  The first stage of this work has been to generate a ‘realist programme theory’ that can be tested and refined.  The poster sets out how the programme theory was generated and what the 7 candidate programme theories are.

‘Is 20 plenty? Evaluation of the 20mph/30kph speed limit policies in Edinburgh and Belfast’ – Ruth Jepson

This poster provides information on the aim of the “Is twenty plenty?” project which begun in 2017 and ends in 2020. The project seeks to evaluate the impact of the 20mph speed limit implementation in Edinburgh and Belfast. This major study is conducted by the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) and is led by PI, Dr. Ruth Jepson. The “Is twenty plenty for health” team consists of various researchers from Universities across the UK and involves datasets from multiple sources.

 


The Lancet Public Health Science Conference 

Belfast, November 23rd 2018

Jan Pringle will be attending the Lancet Public Health Science Conference in November to present the following poster abstract.

‘Developing an evidence and theory based intervention that seeks to promote positive adolescent health and education outcomes’ – Jan Pringle, Lawrence Doi, Ruth Jepson, John McAteer

This study describes the applicability of a robust intervention development framework (developed by SCPHRP, Six Steps in Quality Intervention Development (6SQUID) (Wight, Wimbush, Jepson, Doi, 2016) to the area of adolescent health. The relevance of each step in the framework is described using the example of an intervention for teaching assistants working with young people. It draws upon the findings of two major reviews conducted by SCPHRP with colleagues from NHS Health Scotland in the area of adolescent physiological development and health behaviour (McAteer, Pringle, Jepson, Hogg, Anand, Blakemore, Mills, 2017; Pringle et al. 2017) and trusted relationships during adolescence (Pringle, Whitehead, McAteer, Milne, Scott, in preparation).

This study draws together four major pieces of output from SCPHRP.  You can learn more about these by following the links below:
https://jech.bmj.com/content/70/5/520
http://www.healthscotland.scot/media/1737/a-systematic-review-of-adolescent-development-and-health-behaviour.pdf
https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0259-7
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5692360/

 

September Events


Here’s an update on some of the recent events we’ve attended this month.

Paths for All 2018 Volunteer Awards

The SCPHRP team was invited to attend this year’s Paths for All Volunteer Awards ceremony after our very own Laura Tirman was awarded Step Count Champion of the Year 2018!

The celebration took place on Thursday the 20th September at the Scottish Parliament and was hosted by the BBC presenter Fiona Stalker. The event welcomed over 170 volunteers recognised for their contribution to getting more people walking through a range of initiatives, including the workplace based Step Count Challenge.

Yvonne Laird accepting the Step Count Champion of the Year award on behalf of Laura Tirman, presented by Joe Fitzpatrick – Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing and BBC presenter Fiona Stalker.

Yvonne Laird collected the award on behalf of Laura who is currently busy cycling her way through beautiful mountain passes in Slovenia! Laura was a great motivator for Team Shurpers during the summer step count challenge and it’s great to see Laura and a number of other volunteers across Scotland recognised for their efforts to get everyone walking more.

Don’t forget to register for the next Step Count Challenge…

Remember to get your teams ready and sign-up for the Autumn Step Count Challenge which starts on the 29th of October and runs for four weeks. Registrations are now open over on the Step Count Challenge website.

 


‘A Caring Place’ Event

On Wednesday 19th September Kathleen Morrison attended the latest Public Sector Client Forum event held by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS), ‘Town Centre Living: A Caring Place’. The event follows a series of events organised by A&DS which centres conversation around a Caring Place and asks ‘What does a caring place look like? How we can use design to help create a caring place? What value does design bring?’ The events bring together representatives from variety of sectors such as design, health, care and community to share their thoughts on the topic.

Despite some slight disruption by Storm Ali, the event had some excellent talks by Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place at A&DS, Gerogia Artus from Vintage Vibes – a local community volunteer service tackling issues around isolation and lonliness in Edinburgh, and Rod Mountain from Open Change who spoke about Realistic Medicine. Presentations were followed by a workshop session facilitated by Hazel White, Open Change and Eugene Mullan, Smith Scott Mullan Associates, which used a scenario tool to explore how ‘caring places’ can better support an ageing population. The session resulted in many great ideas which will be collated and shared by A&DS in due course along with next steps for the project. See the links below for more information:

All presentations from the day are available here.
A selection of case studies on the topic are available here.
Read the ‘A Caring Place’ blog for more info.


Goodbye Samuel!

We’d like to wish farewell to Samuel Kerr who completed his three month internship with us this month. Samuel now returns back to France to complete his studies. Here are a few words from Samuel about his time at SCPHRP:

“I arrived at a bit of an awkward time at SCPHRP for my internship, as it was start of July, when they were moving offices. It was not the most relaxing of times, but I also got to meet everybody in a bit of a different context, while packing boxes. I quickly realised, I was very lucky to be spending 3 months within such an incredible team, full of nice people. SCPHRP is not just about work, it is also about spending nice time with all the different members of the team, getting to know everyone. Having lunches together, watching some world cup football matches, playing table tennis, going on a writing retreat are only a few of the examples which can help explain why coming to work is far from being a burden.
Everybody tried to make my stay the most pleasant possible, taking me around with them to different meetings, so I could make the most of my internship. I got to have quite a good insight on the work of the different members of the team, and everybody seems so passionate about what they do that it makes me want to learn more about public health, and considering working in that field.
I really wanted to thank everybody for being so welcoming, and wish SCPHRP all the best for the future!”

We’d like to thank Samuel for all his hard work and contribution to the SCPHRP team over the last few months. We wish him all the best for the future!


Upcoming Events

Paths For All Expert lecture: People, Place & Purpose: A community approach to a more active Scotland

Expert Lecture by Dr William Bird
Date: Wednesday 31 October, 14:00 – 17:00
Venue: St Pauls & St Georges Church, York Place, Edinburgh

Paths For All are hosting an Annual Expert Lecture for anyone interested and involved in creating a Scotland where physical activity improves the quality of life and wellbeing for all. Register now for an afternoon of thought provoking ideas and discussion on what we need to do to improve the physical, social and mental health of Scotland.

Dr William Bird MBE has helped transform the health of millions of people across the UK through innovative solutions he has developed. William will focus on developments in ‘social prescribing’ and be joined by Andrew Radley, Consultant in Public Health Pharmacy at NHS Tayside, who will share insight into the radical actions proposed in Tayside to create a more healthy and active nation.

Who should attend?

If you work in policy, health promotion, public health, sport, academia, environment, planning or active travel this is an event not to be missed. Places are limited so sign up now.

 


And finally…

Thank you for taking the time to read our latest bulletin.
We’re always keen to hear from you too – so get in touch if you’d like to share your news, views and comments. In the meantime, it’s bye from all of us at SCPHRP, until next time.
You can always find out more about SCPHRP via our website www.SCPHRP.ac.uk and by following us on twitter @scphrp
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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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