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 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 (http://www.felixadamson.com). 

You can watch the video here..

 

 

Or find it on our YouTube channel

For more information please contact standupforhealth1@gmail.com

The goal of Stand Up for Health is to create sustainable activities that will lead to a cultural norm of reduced sedentary behaviour within call centres.

SCPHRP is currently working on a CSO funding proposal to further pilot Stand Up for Health in a range of call centre settings across the UK.

 

More info on STAND UP FOR HEALTH


Tips for reducing sedentary behaviour at work:

Walk around the office                   Take a walk outside                 Take the stairs

Stretch at your desk                       Wear a pedometer                       Set personal goals

SUH3                           SUH1

Images taken during the Stand Up for Health workshop at Ipsos MORI call centre.


Additional links and resources regarding sedentary behaviour

Sedentary behaviour evidence briefing

http://www.bhfactive.org.uk/resources-and-publications-item/40/328/index.html

What is sedentary behaviour?

http://www.bhfactive.org.uk/resources-and-publications-item/40/415/index.html

Factors influencing sedentary behaviour

http://www.bhfactive.org.uk/resources-and-publications-item/40/416/index.html

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July Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – July Bulletin 2017

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SCPHRP people

Old & New….. we’ve got a great team. Read more

 

 

  • Paper Published

Naven, L., Inglis, G., Harris, H., Fergie, G., Teal, G., Phipps, R., Stewart, S., Kelly, L., Hilton, S., Smith, M., McCartney, G., Walsh, D., Tolan, M., &  Egan, J. Right Here Right Now (RHRN) pilot study: testing a method of near-real-time data collection on the social determinants of health. Evidence and Policy

 

  • ROADTRIP

 

SCPHRPs new-bees Kathleen Morrison & Marianne Emler set off down South recently to work on a new citizen science project, gathering data on the link between places and both physical and mental wellbeing. They’ll be back soon with an update for our Summer magazine.

 

 

 

  • Summer eMag out soon!

 

In the meantime why not browse through our Spring magazine

 

 

 

 

  • Is the linkage of census and health data justified? Views from a public panel of the Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage study

Using routine health data for research that aims to improve health requires the public’s awareness and trust. The Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage study explored variations in health between ethnic groups in Scotland. A public panel was set up to obtain their views on the SHELS’ methods, findings and dissemination, including use of routine health records, linked to national Census data, without individual opt-in consent. The following paper has recently been published:
 Is the linkage of census and health data justified? Views from a public panel of the Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage Study (2017)

 

  • Cultivating Futures Trellis/Scottish Prison Service Gardening Exhibition 2017 To celebrate and support the gardening achievements of prisoners across Scotland.

 

On Wednesday, 16 August 2017 HMYOI Polmont will host Cultivating Futures, a national exhibition of decorative planters and pallets on the theme of the environment, aimed at showcasing the creativity and horticultural skills of individuals in custody across Scotland. This inaugural and innovative event is presented in partnership with Trellis, the national Scottish charity for therapeutic gardening.

 

  • Edinburgh Clinical Trial Management Course (2 Day Course)

The Edinburgh CRF Education Programme are delighted to host this year’s Edinburgh Clinical Trial Management Course, which will be taking place on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1stDecember 2017, at John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY. Read more..

 

  • DECIPHER: One-day short course Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions

The aim of this one-day course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of the theory and practice of process evaluation of complex interventions. The course is led by Dr Graham Moore (Senior Lecturer and programme lead for complex intervention methods in DECIPHer). The teaching team (Dr Micky Willmott, Dr Rhiannon Evans and Dr Jeremy Segrott) includes authors of numerous empirical and methodological works related to process evaluation, including recent MRC guidance. 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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June Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – June Bulletin 2017

 

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  • Nicole Porter (aka Portman!) has joined us as our new Office Manager.

Nicole has over 5 years’ experience of working in Higher Education administration with expertise in finance, content marketing and event management. Prior to joining SCPHRP in 2017, Nicole worked in a range of support and facilitation roles within the University of Edinburgh, most recently as Projects and Programmes Officer at Edinburgh College of Art. She was also the ECA School Coordinator for the Festival of Creative Learning. Read more here..

 

  • Welcome new SCPHRPers

Huge welcome to our three new research assistants. Kathleen Morrison, Jillian Manner & Marianne Emler will be working with Ruth Jepson over the coming months.

More info on the website soon..

  • The eMERGe Project

The eMERGe project aims to improve the way researchers report meta-ethnographies and to ensure that the best use is made of research evidence for the benefit of people who use health and social care services.

Learn more about the project and access training resources here (http://emergeproject.org/resources/).

  • Edinburgh Clinical Trial Management Course (2 Day Course)

The Edinburgh CRF Education Programme are delighted to host this year’s Edinburgh Clinical Trial
Management Course, which will be taking place on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1stDecember 2017, at John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY.

For further details, please contact wtcrf.education@ed.ac.uk

  • Creating a Walkable Scotland: Expert Lecture and Volunteer Awards Date

    Wednesday 25th October 2017 14:00 – 17:00

    Venue: The Studio, Glasgow

Internationally acclaimed urban planner Brent Toderian from Canada will be delivering a lecture at the above event. The event will also celebrate the work of volunteers who are going the extra mile to create a happier, healthier, walkable Scotland.

Look out for further information..

  • Vacancy: Professor in Physical Activity and Health, University of Stirling.

Apply here..

Professor in Physical Activity & Health at the University of Stirling

 

  • DECIPHER: One-day short course

    Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions

The aim of this one-day course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of the theory and practice of process evaluation of complex interventions. The course is led by Dr Graham Moore (Senior Lecturer and programme lead for complex intervention methods in DECIPHer). The teaching team (Dr Micky Willmott, Dr Rhiannon Evans and Dr Jeremy Segrott) includes authors of numerous empirical and methodological works related to process evaluation, including recent MRC guidance.

Further info here..

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Speed limit study to probe if twenty is plenty

The impact of 20mph speed limits is to be evaluated in a major study in Edinburgh and Belfast.

Casualties and traffic accident rates will be measured to determine whether 20mph limits improve road safety. Rates of cycling and walking will be measured to assess the impact on transport use.

Experts say the project, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, will also investigate wider effects on residents and the local area and will inform other cities planning to introduce lower speed limits.

Dr Ruth Jepson, Lead for Evaluation Research at SCPHRP, said: “We are excited to launch this major project, which we hope will provide very important insights into the public health effects of such initiatives.”

Read more about the study in The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News, and the Belfast Telegraph.

 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: SUMMER eMagazine 2017

We are currently planning our Summer 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: 3 July 2017

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May Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – May Bulletin 2017

 

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STAFF NEWS:

We wish all the very best to Renee Ingram, who has moved onto new adventures in New Zealand. Renee has been our office manager from 2012, and she will be very much missed!

Renee’s replacement, Nicole Porter, will join us in June.

 

 

MORE STAFF NEWS and an update from the Later Life Working Group (WG)

At the end of April Later Life WG fellow, Daryll Archibald went to the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) annual conference in Minneapolis to present a paper on work he’s done on the impacts of urban regeneration on community health and well-being.

He also attended the European Healthy Stadia Network conference at the Emirates Stadium London. This was to represent the Golf and Health project (for which Daryll is collaborator) and present a paper on active spectating at professional golf tournaments with Paul Dunstan from the European Tour. The paper is based on an article recently accepted for publication in BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, titled: ‘An observational study of spectators’ step counts and reasons for attending a professional golf tournament in Scotland’. It will be published in July 2017. To find out more about the Golf and Health project go to http://www.golfandhealth.org/

At the beginning of May Daryll gave an invited seminar presentation to the Friends of Dundee Botanic Gardens (at Dundee Botanic Gardens) on the health benefits of community gardening for older people. This was for their spring lecture series.

And some sad news…Daryll will be leaving us in June to take up a Lectureship in Public Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Good luck in your new role Daryll, we’re gonna miss you…and remember to watch out for those giant Ozzy spiders!!

 

Call for contributions: Summer magazine

We are currently preparing our Summer magazine, and would again like to invite contributions from researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the field of public health. We would be interested in hearing from you if you have a specific piece of work related to our remit at SCPHRP, particularly public health intervention research and/or practice. If you are interested in writing something for us, please contact Samantha.Bain@ed.ac.uk or John.McAteer@ed.ac.uk. Have a peek at our latest Spring magazine here and further magazine editions here

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: MONDAY 3 JULY 2017

 

Public Health Evidence Network (PHEN) event update, May 2017

We recently co-hosted a very successful event with NHS Health Scotland, reflecting on learning from the first year of the newly established Public Health Evidence Network (PHEN). The Public Health Review identified a need for greater efficiency and effectiveness in getting evidence into policy and practice.

PHEN aims to facilitate this by creating a much closer link between those who generate and manage evidence with the policy makers and practitioners who apply it. Our scope is to focus upon interventions and policies to improve the health and wellbeing of the public and reduce health inequalities, synthesising diverse sources of knowledge and evidence to produce high quality reviews and advice. PHEN currently consists of the Evidence for Action (EfA) team in NHS Health Scotland, SCPHRP, Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU).

More information on this new initiative will be included in our next Summer magazine 2017.

Evaluating the effectiveness of Paths for All’s Workplace Step Count Challenge to promote walking for health

This is a prestigious fully-funded ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Collaborative PhD studentship (1+3 or +3 years) in the area of physical activity and health. The University of Edinburgh offers world-class research infrastructure, training and facilities, and the successful applicant will join the thriving Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) within Moray House School of Education.

The supervisory team of Dr Ailsa Niven from PAHRC and SCPHRP’s Dr Ruth Jepson brings an excellent mix of experience and skills to support the project. The student will also gain invaluable experience by working closely with Paths for All who are at the forefront of physical activity promotion in Scotland.
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Abstract submission for the Faculty of Public Health’s Annual Scottish Conference – Deadline Friday 9th June 2017

This year’s theme, ‘Public Health in Scotland – Transcending Boundaries’, is a defining characteristic of the moment. Spanning boundariesis what good public health practice is about. People working in public health have always had to transcend boundaries to practice effectively. Our approach to this is becoming increasingly important and we need to be seen to be leading change.

To find out more, please visit www.fphscotconf.co.uk (where full submission guidelines are available).

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Our 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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FREE WEBINAR: Introducing the New Meta-ethnography Reporting Guidance

Monday 22nd May 2017 11am-12MD (UK time)

Introducing the New Meta-ethnography Reporting Guidance: What it is & How to use it.

This online session introduces the new meta-ethnography reporting guidance produced by the 2 year NIHR funded eMERGE project. The session provides an overview of why this reporting guidance is needed, what format it takes and how to use it.

On the day: Use this link to attend: http://bit.ly/2oBj5Kv (Note: It is advisable to enter the webinar 5-10 minutes early and you need Java installed. Any technical issues – please email isabelle.uny@stir.ac.uk)

Open to all this free seminar is especially useful for those conducting, reviewing or supervising meta-ethnographies and/or using meta-ethnography findings e.g. journal editors, guideline developers, health technology assessors, representatives of patient groups.

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April Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – April 2017

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  • SCPHRP magazine: Spring edition

Front cover for webThe Spring edition of our magazine is now available (http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/spring-magazine-2017/).

In this edition of the magazine we are shining a spotlight on public health work in Scotland that focuses on mental health.

Please check it out!

 

  • Call for contributions to our Summer edition call for summer

We will soon be planning our Summer magazine, and would again like to invite contributions from researchers, policy makers and practitioners.  If you are interested in writing something for us, please contact Samantha.Bain@ed.ac.uk or John.McAteer@ed.ac.uk.

 

  • Publications

Stead, M., Parkes, T., Nicoll, A., Wilson, S., Burgess, C., Eadie, D., Fitzgerald, N., McKell, J., Reid, G., Jepson, R., McAteer, J., Bauld, L. (2017).  Delivery of alcohol brief interventions in community-based youth work settings: exploring feasibility and acceptability in a qualitative study, BMC Public Health, 17, 357.

Belford, M., Robertson, T., Jepson, R. (2017).  Using evaluability assessment to assess local community development health programmes: a Scottish case-study. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 17, 70.

 

  • Other news 

congrats …to Louise Marryat on the birth of her beautiful baby girl Sophie!

 


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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Spring magazine 2017

Welcome to the Spring edition of the SCPHRP magazine. In this edition of the magazine we are shining a spotlight on public health work in Scotland that focuses on mental health. We would appreciate any feedback you have on what you like or what we could improve. If you have any, please send it to Sam at samantha.bain@ed.ac.uk. Thanks

 

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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March Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – March 2017 news


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DIGGING INTO THE PERCEIVED HEALTH BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY GARDENING

A Secondary Qualitative Analysis by Christina Katan In collaboration with Trellis

A community garden is a piece of land that is cultivated by members of a community. These gardens are gaining popularity in the UK, especially in areas of deprivation. With recent publications on the evidence of gardens and improved health in the UK, community gardening is gaining momentum as a feasible option to improve the health on a population level. With the rising prevalence of chronic disease, complex interventions like community gardening can holistically improve both physical and mental health. Recent evidence suggests that, while we understand that community gardens are good for one’s health for a number of reasons, the mechanisms that create change for these health impacts are poorly understood. Poor understanding of these links makes both the development and evaluation of community gardening difficult for researchers, service providers, and policy makers.  Read more

 

20mph PROJECT

Ruth Jepson from SCPRHP has recently been awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 20 milegrant to evaluate the 20mph speed limits in Edinburgh and Belfast. The grant is undertaken in collaboration with colleagues from Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) here in the University of Edinburgh, along with colleagues from Queen’s University Belfast, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and Sustrans. More information about the study can be found here http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN10200526

As part of the study we are recruiting a post doctoral research fellow for 3.5 years.  More details here http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AYB723/research-fellow/ – we would be grateful if you could circulate this job advert to your networks.

 

PhD STUDENTSHIP

In partnership with Paths for All, Dr Ailsa Niven and SCPHRP’s Ruth Jepson were successful in securing an ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Collaborative PhD Studentship.The project will undertake a realist review of the Paths for All Workplace Step Count Challenge, and will build on an on-going collaborative relationship with Paths for All. Feedback from the panel reported that ‘This is an excellent proposal with a very strong supervisory team and collaborating partner fit’. The studentship will be advertised in due course with an expected start date in October 2017.

 

RCPE Symposium: PUBLIC HEALTH IN A CHANGING WORLD

Wednesday 31 May 2017 at  Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

This symposium features top international speakers with an exciting programme on: 
International public health:  what can we learn from recent global epidemics and how do we prepare for the next? / European public health: what are the impacts of political destabilisation, economic instability and migration?  / Scottish public health: why do we have excess mortality in the West of Scotland? What should Scotland do to become the healthiest nation in Europe/ How we can effect change: via social media, leadership and other tools

To book or find out more about the event please contact Margaret Farquhar at  m.farquhar@rcpe.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.  For further information on the role and application process, please visit: http://www.scphrp.ac.uk/opportunity-scphrp-visiting-expert

 

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.


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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