January 2019 Bulletin!

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Happy New Year! Welcome to our first bulletin of 2019. Bringing you our usual mix of news, publications, project updates and more.

This has been an exciting start to the year for SCPHRP, with lots to look forward to. In this issue you can read about:

  • Antimicrobial resistance in West Africa
  • New SCPHRP PhD students update
  • Systematic reviews
  • Trusted adult paper
  • 20mph project update
  • The eMERGe Reporting Guidance
  • Our latest publications

As always, we love to hear your news as well, so if you have anything you want to share with us and the wider membership, including job vacancies, projects, conferences you can find out how to do so at the end of the bulletin.

With very best wishes,
Everyone at SCPHRP

NEWS AND PROJECTS UPDATE

‘Our Outdoors’ Lower Granton Road Project
‘Our Outdoors’ is a citizen science project exploring how shared (public) outdoor spaces affect health and wellbeing.  John McAteer, Kathleen Morrison, Yvonne Laird and Ruth Jepson are working with Edinburgh City Council, Sustrans and industry partner AECOM to examine outdoor space and health in relation to a new planned development in Lower Granton Road.The design intent of the development is to create a series of stimulating spaces, at a variety of scales, vary the sense of enclosure and openness within the greenspace, and work seamlessly with its context. The design includes wildflower meadows, low earth mounds, and trees. The waterfront greenspace alongside the cycle way hopes to enhance a sense of place through changes to the landscape. The landscape proposals provide greater visual interest, opportunities for informal seating, rest and recreation, whilst maintaining one of the key aspects of this space: stunning coastal views.

The team is now asking members of the public to join them as citizen scientists. The public will be asked to complete a short survey while in the Lower Granton Road area before the changes occur in February 2019. This will make up the pre-changes survey, and after development the public will be asked to complete a post-survey. The surveys are currently being tested by students in the School of Health in Social Science.  

For more information, please visit the Our Outdoors website: http://www.ouroutdoors.org.uk/holding.php

Antimicrobial resistance in West Africa
SCPHRP Research Fellow Larry Doi, together with researchers from the University of St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana have recently received funding from the Scottish Funding Council and the UK Strategies for Global Challenges Research Fund through the University of St Andrews to set up a consortium and subsequently conduct Antimicrobial resistance research in West Africa. The consortium is named the West Africa partnership to fight Antimicrobial resistance (SWAB).
If you require further information about this project please contact Larry at: larry.doi@ed.ac.uk.

New SCPHRP PhD students


Kathleen Morrison has now started a PhD with SCPHRP in the School of Health in Social Science. Kathleen will be evaluating policy implementation in the enhanced Scottish Universal Health Visiting Pathway using realist methods. Her PhD project will complement the existing evaluation of the Universal Health Visiting Pathway, currently being led by Dr Larry Doi. Kathleen will be supervised by Dr Larry Doi, Dr Ruth Jepson and Dr Julia Egan (Scottish Government).
Sofia Alvarado has now started a PhD with SCPHRP in the School of Health and Social Science. Sofia is evaluating the alignment and coherence of public policies, such as those stated in the Obesity Route Map, with the principles that rule the right to adequate food. Furthermore, she will be exploring the degree of knowledge and awareness of policymakers and the general population towards this topic.

Systematic Review

SCPHRP systematic reviewer, Jan Pringle, has started working with colleagues from Stirling University on a review examining the influence of physical activity for people with dementia, or associated cognitive impairment. Screening of search results is underway, and analysis of findings will commence within the next few weeks.

Further work relating to trusted adult input for adolescents is taking place, and the systematic review results report will be available shortly.

A further review relating to air quality is in the pipeline, as well as an update of cranberry juice evidence. More news to follow….

For further information, contact Jan.Pringle@ed.ac.uk

Trusted Adult Paper 


Jan Pringle and John McAteer, alongside colleagues Ross Whitehead and Eileen Scott in NHS Health Scotland, and Dona Milne from NHS Fife, recently published their report titled “The relationship between a trusted adult and adolescent health and education outcomes“.This paper looks at the importance of trusted adults during adolescence. It defines the role of a trusted adult, examines the impact on health and education outcomes, and gives implementation guidance.


20mph Project Update: A successful final round of perceptions surveys

The student survey team after collecting nearly 300 surveys January 19, 2019.

The SCPHRP and Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) project team, organised by SCPHRP team member Jillian Manner, embarked on their final survey data collection session, handing out surveys to capture the public perception of the implementation of 20mph speed limits in zone 6 by the City of Edinburgh Council. The survey questions ranged from general knowledge on the 20mph programme to drivers’ attitudes towards the 20mph speed limit, which was implemented in zone 6 in March 2018.This project seeks to measure public perception before and after implementation of the speed limit. The results from the survey are currently being analysed (together with supplementary data from other sources) to accurately portray the impact of the 20mph speed limits in Edinburgh.

For further information please contact Dr Glenna Nightingale at glenna.nightingale@ed.ac.uk.

Congratulations to 20MPH team member Dr Charlie Foster, from the University of Bristol. He has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, in recognition of his work to promote physical activity.

Congratulations to 20MPH project and PAHRC team member Dr Graham Baker and his wife Katherine, on the birth of their daughter, Lucy.
Improving reporting of Meta-Ethnography: The eMERGe Reporting Guidance

Patients could benefit from improved care and outcomes thanks to new research guidance developed as part of a University of Stirling-led study. Dr Ruth Jepson, from SCPRHP was one of the co-investigator on the project. The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and involves a number of partners, including the Universities of Bangor, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Napier.

The study has led to the creation of the first-ever tailored reporting guidance for the methodology, known as meta-ethnography. It will give researchers and healthcare bosses greater confidence in the findings of qualitative studies and, ultimately, aid the improvement of patient care and services.

Meta-ethnography – developed by sociologists George W Noblit and R Dwight Hare in 1988 – involves systematically comparing conceptual data from primary qualitative studies to identify and develop new overarching concepts, theories and models. It enables researchers to combine the findings of qualitative studies, rather than concentrating on the individual cases.

The quality of the reporting of meta-ethnographies is often poor – meaning patient groups and NHS managers often lack trust in the findings and, ultimately, do not use them to improve their decisions, services and patient care. However, the team – working closely with Professor Noblit, of the University of North Carolina – have, for the first time, provided bespoke guidance on this approach to improve reporting of data collection and analysis.

Before putting together the guidance, the team reviewed existing literature, consulted academic experts, carried out consensus studies within the research community and with members of the public, and interviewed professionals working in non-academic settings.

The new guidance has 19 specific reporting criteria, supported by detailed explanatory notes. It includes recommendations on all aspects of meta-ethnography conduct and reporting, from selecting studies to analysing data.

The guidance will be free to use and is aimed predominantly at researchers, journal editors, and academics who review research articles to guide how meta-ethnographies should be reported. It will also be used by researchers and students looking to understand how to conduct a meta-ethnography.
See the publication section below for details about how to access the guidance.

NEW Publications


Latest Publication: Meta-ethnography guidance, published simultaneously in four journals

France E.F.,  Cunningham, M.,  Ring, N., Uny, I.  Duncan, E.A.S.,Jepson, R.G., Maxwell, M., Roberts, R.J.,   Turley, R.L. Booth, A., Britten, N., Flemming, K., Gallagher, I., Garside, R., Hannes, K., Lewin, S., Noblit, G.W., Pope, C., Thomas, J., Vanstone, M., Higginbottom, G.M.A., Noyes, J. Improving reporting of Meta-Ethnography: The eMERGe Reporting Guidance,

  1. Journal of Advanced Nursing, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13809, 15 January 2019.
  2. Psycho-oncology, DOI is 10.1002/pon.4915, 15 January 2019.
  3. Review of Education, DOI: 10.1002/rev3.3147, 15 January 2019.
  4. BMC Medical Research Methodology, https://bmcmedresmethodol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12874-018-0600-0  15 January 2019.
Cycling and walking for individual and population health benefits 
SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird was involved in conducting a rapid review of the health benefits of walking and cycling with PaulKelly of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, and James Woodcock and Soren Brage of the Centre for Diet and Activity Research, University of Cambridge.The rapid review was commissioned by Public Health England. The report has recently been published and can be viewed here.The impact of community-based universal youth work in Scotland
Working with colleagues within NHS Lothian, Youthlink Scotland, and the Institute For Education, John McAteer has recently completed a national research project that engaged with three communities in Scotland examining the impact of community-based universal youth work services, using Transformative Evaluation (Cooper, 2012). You can read the findings of the reporthere.Pringle, J., Whitehead, R., Milne, D., Scott, E., McAteer, J. 2018. The relationship between a trusted adult and adolescent outcomes: a protocol for a scoping review. Systematic Reviews, 7, 207. Link to paper here.

Pringle J. 2018. Health mind-mapping has the potential to facilitate patient engagement in self-management of long term conditions. Evidence Based Nursing. Commentary on: Buitron de la Vega P, Coe C, Paasche-Orlow MK et al. “It’s like a mirror image of my illness”: Exploring Patient Perceptions About Illness Using Health Mind Mapping-a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jul 10. Link to paper here.

Pringle J, Doi L, Jepson R, McAteer J. 2018. Developing an evidence and theory based intervention that seeks to promote positive adolescent health and education outcomes. Lancet (Nov): 73

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) by 20th February.

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December Bulletin 2018

 

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Hello and welcome to our last bulletin of 2018. Bringing you our usual mix of news, publications, project updates and more.

This has been a busy year for us at SCPHRP with lots to celebrate and look back on, including our move to our new home in the School of Health in Social Science. In this issue you can read about:
  • Our Citizen Science project
  • The recent graduations of some of SCPHRP’s master students
  • Why Edinburgh has less car use than other cities in Britain
  • Recent conferences the team have presented at
  • Our latest publications
  • Our two new PhD students starting in January

And then we also have a chance to sign up for a new Environmnetal Arts Therapy Group and a chance to take part in the George Street (Edinburgh) consultation. Please also get in touch if you have ever used 6SQuID as we want to hear about it.

As always, we love to hear your news as well, so if you have anything you want to share with us and the wider membership, including job vacancies, projects, conferences you can find out how to do so at the end of the bulletin.

Here we are celebrating the end of another successful year at our SCPHRP Christmas lunch.

We would like to thank all our friends and colleagues for your support and wish you all a lovely break and all the best for 2019.With very best wishes,
Everyone at SCPHRP

NEWS AND PROJECTS UPDATE

Citizen science project ‘Our Outdoors’ 
‘Our Outdoors’ is a citizen science project exploring how shared (public) outdoor spaces affect health and wellbeing.  John McAteer, Kathleen Morrison, Yvonne Laird and Ruth Jepson are working with Edinburgh City Council, Sustrans and industry partner AECOM to examine outdoor space and health in relation to a new planned development in Lower Granton Road.The design intent of the development is to create a series of stimulating spaces, at a variety of scales, vary the sense of enclosure and openness within the greenspace, and work seamlessly with its context. The design includes wildflower meadows, low earth mounds, and trees. The waterfront greenspace alongside the cycle way hopes to enhance a sense of place through changes to the landscape. The landscape proposals provide greater visual interest, opportunities for informal seating, rest and recreation, whilst maintaining one of the key aspects of this space: stunning coastal views.

The Team recently held a community forum on Saturday 8th December at St Columba’s Hospice in Trinity. The two hour event was is an informal drop-in style event and was an opportunity for members of the public to engage with the issue of outdoor space and health through fun activities (such as lego!) and to learn more about how they can be involved in the project.  The event was well attended by both children and adults.

Inclusion Health Projects
Larry Doi, Yvonne Laird and Kathleen Morrison recently delivered an inclusion health workshop on behalf of NHS Lothian. The workshop aimed to develop an evaluation plan for a number of inclusion health projects currently being delivered around the NHS Lothian locality.  John McAteer, Larry and Yvonne continue to work with NHS Lothian to assist with their evaluation planning.
PhD update – Audrey Buelo
SCPHRP PhD student, Audrey Buelo, attended the Diabetes UK PhD networking day in London on the 30th November, an opportunity to meet with other Diabetes UK-funded PhD students and learn about their work. Audrey presented a short talk of an overview of her PhD (see image) about developing and testing a physical activity intervention for women with previous gestational diabetes. The talk was well-received amongst the primarily biomolecular research students and Audrey won the best poster presentation award. Congratulations Audrey!
Audrey also held her third Lay Advisory Group meeting in Glasgow in November, composed of three women who have had gestational diabetes in previous pregnancies. At the meeting, she discussed her research progress with them and received their feedback. They also worked together to come up with a plan for a future project to develop the physical activity intervention. It appears that social media is an increasingly useful tool to contact mothers of young children, due to its ease of access for time-constrained groups. Audrey is very excited to move forward with this research and grateful for the help of her advisory group.

New SCPHRP PhD students


Kathleen Morrison has been awarded a School PhD studentship to evaluate the implementation of the enhanced Health Visitor Pathway in Scotland. She will be starting in January 2019 and will be supervised by Ruth Jepson, Larry Doi and Julia Egan
Ana Sofia Alvarado has received a studentship  from CONACyT Mexico to undertake a PhD with SCPHRP (supervised by Ruth Jepson and John McAteer). Her topic area will be ‘Right to Food: integrating efforts towards adequate food for all’ and she will also be starting in January 2019.

NEW Publications


Cycling and walking for individual and population health benefits 
SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird was involved in conducting a rapid review of the health benefits of walking and cycling with Paul Kelly of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, and James Woodcock and Soren Brage of the Centre for Diet and Activity Research, University of Cambridge.The rapid review was commissioned by Public Health England. The report has recently been published and can be viewed here.The impact of community-based universal youth work in Scotland
Working with colleagues within NHS Lothian, Youthlink Scotland, and the Institute For Education, John McAteer has recently completed a national research project that engaged with three communities in Scotland examining the impact of community-based universal youth work services, using Transformative Evaluation (Cooper, 2012). You can read the findings of the report here.

Pringle, J., Whitehead, R., Milne, D., Scott, E., McAteer, J. 2018. The relationship between a trusted adult and adolescent outcomes: a protocol for a scoping review. Systematic Reviews, 7, 207. Link to paper here.

Pringle J. 2018. Health mind-mapping has the potential to facilitate patient engagement in self-management of long term conditions. Evidence Based Nursing. Commentary on: Buitron de la Vega P, Coe C, Paasche-Orlow MK et al. “It’s like a mirror image of my illness”: Exploring Patient Perceptions About Illness Using Health Mind Mapping-a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jul 10. Link to paper here.

Pringle J, Doi L, Jepson R, McAteer J. 2018. Developing an evidence and theory based intervention that seeks to promote positive adolescent health and education outcomes. Lancet (Nov): 73

The Lancet Public Health Science Conference 
Belfast, November 23rd 2018

Jan Pringle attended 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 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 and trusted relationships during adolescence.  For further information, contact Jan.Pringle@ed.ac.uk

 

Dissertations and graduations


Congratulations to three Masters students who undertook dissertations on topics related to SCPHRP projects. Unfortunately none of us were able to attend graduation, but Ruth Jepson met with them after to get those all important photos!


Left to right: Yuning, Ruth and Tong

Yuning Guo and Tong Zang undertook dissertations about air pollution and 20mph zones for their MSc in Environmental Protection and Management in the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. They were supervised by Stefan Reis and supported by Ruth Jepson and Glenna Nightingale and our French intern Samuel Kerr.

Yuning Guo dissertation was entitled: The Contribution of Implementing 20 mph Zones to Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations in Edinburgh

Tong Zang’s dissertation was entitled: Impacts of the implementation of the 20 mph zones on traffic (NOx) emissions in Edinburgh


Left to right: Ruth and Siobhan

Siobhan Conner graduated with MPH in Public Health (distinction) in the Edinburgh Medical School: Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences. Her dissertation was entitled The effects of physical exercise on behavioural and psychological symptoms in nursing home residents with dementia: a systematic review and narrative synthesis


Dissertation summary: Why is car use lower in Edinburgh than in other UK cities? By Patrick Miner

Map of cars per household in Edinburgh (darker areas have more cars)

In the UK, Edinburgh has lower car use than most cities and the highest level of public transport patronage outside of London. Edinburgh’s relative “success” regarding the car use problem is an underutilised case study among cities without metro train systems. This study sought to explore transport in Edinburgh and build evidence for the city’s unusual position among its peer cities. The research is organised using the individual, social, and material (ISM) framework developed by Southerton et al. (2011) and the Scottish Government. Using secondary data analysis and GIS techniques, Edinburgh was compared with 74 other UK cities and factors that contribute to low levels of car use were identified. The main conclusion is that Edinburgh’s historic, densely-populated city centre (with 90% of residents living in flats) has a pervasive walking culture that combines with high-quality, affordable bus service (and less-than-average space for cars) in peripheral areas to give the city one of the lowest car use rates in the UK.

Research summary (PDF)
Story map: This interactive and address-searchable series of maps explores Edinburgh transport modes further

Patrick Miner
MScR Human Geography, School of GeoSciences
University of Edinburgh
patrick.miner@ed.ac.uk pdbminer.com

News and events


George Street Consultation

The George Street New Town (GNT) project aims to design a vibrant street environment that is safe for all users – one which significantly enhances its use for pedestrians while prioritising active travel and accessibility. The project is being developed as part of the wider City Centre Transformation project

A new concept design has been produced for the streets, and whatever your views about the proposals, we want to hear from you.

An online survey is available until 25 January 2019. Further information about the project including a film of the proposals can be found on the GNT project website


SCPHRP needs your help

There are exciting times ahead at SCPHRP and we need your help. Please contact us if you or a colleague are using the Six Steps in Quality Intervention Development (6SQuID) Framework in any part of your research. Please email Audrey (Audrey.Buelo@ed.ac.uk) with details of your experience of 6SQuID.

NEW ARTS THERAPY GROUP

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A new Environmental Arts Therapy group entitled Circle of Trees, run by Rachel Campling is  starting in February 2019 at the Salisbury Centre in Edinburgh’s southside. 
This will be a fortnightly experiential therapy group for counsellors, therapists and people working in education, health and social care who wish to deepen their relationship with nature and with themselves.

If you have work colleagues or other professional contacts who may be interested in joining this small group, the information can be found on the Salisbury Centre Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/773143156398923.

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 25th January.

 

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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.

 


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