December Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our December Bulletin 2017



In this edition of the magazine, we are saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 by showcasing some of the projects SCPHRP has been working on over the past year, while also giving updates from other organisations in Edinburgh. A few topics to look forward to are next steps for action on tobacco control, comic designs for kinship care stress relief, and the roll out of Scotland’s Baby Box scheme.

SCPHRP Director Appointed as Usher Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact

SCPHRP’s Professor John Frank, has been named as the new Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact for the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. The position is designed to improve stakeholder engagement for research projects across the Usher, and pave the way for its Research Impact submissions to the Research Excellence Framework, to be applied across UK universities in 2021.
Prof Frank, who will transition to the new role as his work at SCPHRP winds down, says: ” I’m delighted to build on nearly a decade of SCPHRP experience with stakeholder engagement by taking on this role for the Usher Institute.”

A grounded theory of how social support influences physical activity in adolescent girls

SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird presented ‘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 this month. You can read her presentation here.
For further information, please email Yvonne at

VIDEO: Latest video on our SCPHRP YouTube channel

Our YouTube channel contains a mix of videos including our SCPHRP meets… a series of Q&A sessions with public health figures, The Evidence Exercise series and project videos like the Stand up for Health project and the 20MPH project.
One of our latest videos is from our ‘SCPHRP meets…’ series. In this video Nicole Porter catches up with Dr Charlie Foster from Bristol University to talk about Public Health.
If you would like to keep up to date with all our latest videos, you can susbcribe to our YouTube Channel here.

BLOG: Mary Allison

Working in both SCPHRP as well asPhysical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) has given me access to so many incredible opportunities to meet and share my initial thinking with such experienced academics and applied researchers. Their feedback and ideas have encouraged and challenged in equal measure. I’m already analysing the programme documentation from the past 7 years of the Step Count Challenge. After a stakeholder workshop in early February 2018, I should be ready to complete a solid first draft of the programme theory for this workplace walking intervention.
I’ve also been setting up a blog where I’ll share my personal PhD journey. Here’s a link to the site and my first blog The Latin is inaccurate – the sentiment is heartfelt!

Apply for Expert Women Scotland 2018

The BBC Scotland is looking for female experts interested in appearing as contributors or potential presenters on TV, radio or online. The areas of expertise they’re looking for include, but is not limited to:
– education
– science, technology
– law
– health
– business and the economy
– all aspects of Brexit
Up to 24 delegates will be selected and offered free training (practical experiences in front of a camera & in the radio studio, masterclasses with industry professionals, etc.). The deadline to apply is Sunday, 14 January 2018.
More info at

Fit for Life

A new report by Sustrans, presents independent research by leading experts, into the public health benefits of new walking and cycling routes.
The weblink is –
For Fit for Life, see –

Public Health Product Forge

The Public Health Product Forge will unite the wider technology community, entrepreneurs and medical professionals to create digital innovations that tackle population health issues to ultimately improve the health of people and their communities. The event will cover a variety of themes including childhood obesity, addiction, and mental illness.
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th January 2018 at The Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh
Read more here…

Healthcare Improvement Scotland: 6th Annual Research Symposium

Call for abstracts for the 6th Annual Research Symposium which will be held on Tuesday 24 April 2018.
The venue will once again be the COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh, and formal registration will open in February 2018.
Read more here…