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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