July Bulletin



Yvonne is on her way to Oz

We said goodbye to SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird earlier on this month. Yvonne has accepted a new
position at the University of Sydney as a Lecturer in Prevention and Health Promotion and will
start her new role at the beginning of August. Yvonne will continue to work with SCPHRP in a
new capacity. Good luck ‘down under’ Yvonne!

Divya’s graduation

SCPHRP’s Divya Sivaramakrishnan attended her PhD graduation ceremony on 5th July. Divya
completed her PhD on developing a yoga programme for older adults in Scotland with the
Physical Activity for Health Research Centre. The ceremony was held at McEwan hall, with a
surprise party in the evening organised by SCPHRP. Congratulations Divya!

Jillian Manner finishes her Masters of Public Health

SCPHRP’s Jillian Manner has finished her Master of Public Health specialising in Socio-
Behavioural Sciences through the University of Waterloo in her home country of Canada. She
completed the course at a distance whilst working as a full time Research Assistant at SCPHRP.
She had the opportunity to present about her experiences living working at SCPHRP. Jillian is
currently working on SCPHRP’s Stand Up for Health project. Well done Jillian!


New Research project: Supporting community recovery and reducing
readmission risk following critical illness

SCPHRP’s Larry Doi, Audrey Buelo and Jan Pringle are currently working on a project that
is using Six Steps in Quality Intervention Development (6SQuID) framework to develop an
intervention designed to support recovery and community living after life-threatening critical
illness. Hopefully, the intervention could help reduce the 45-50% chance of unplanned
rehospitalisation within 3 months for intensive care survivors with complex health and psychosocial
needs. The project is being funded by the Chief Scientist Office and is led by Professor
Timothy Walsh (Lead of Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group).
Contact Larry at larry.doi@ed.ac.uk if you would like further information about the project.

Stand Up For Health


SCPHRP’s Director Ruth Jepson along with Divya Sivaramakrishnan and Jillian Manner completed the first round of events in three contact centres for the Stand Up for Health project.Over the next year the project team will be travelling to an additional seven contact centres to host events, and collect baseline and follow-up data to evaluate the Stand Up for Health intervention. They had a blast during the first few events, and met lots of enthusiastic contact centre employees who wanted to take part. The picture on the left is the first employee to sign up!

For more information on the Stand Up for Health Project visit www.standupforhealth.co.uk

20MPH Project

The University of East Anglia UEA have developed a short animation explaining the 20mph
project. Thanks to Dr Karen Milton for co-ordinating the animation, and to Dr Ruth Hunter for
providing the narration. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel


Jessica Hafetz Mirman has published a new paper, Characterizing the learning-to-drive period
for teens with attention deficits in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Tobacco Control Policy in Scotland: A Qualitative Study of Expert Views on Successes, Challenges and Future Actions
Yvonne Laird, Fiona Myers, Garth Reid and John McAteer

A theory based evaluation of an intervention to promote positive health behaviours and reduce social isolation in people experiencing homelessness
Stephen Malden, Ruth Jepson, Yvonne Laird, John McAteer

Daines, L., McLean, S., Buelo, A., Lewis, S., Sheikh, A. and Pinnock, H., 2019. Systematic review of clinical prediction models to support the diagnosis of asthma in primary care. NPJ primary care respiratory medicine, 29(1), p.19.

Epidemic of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Explaining the phenomenon in South Asians
worldwide https://global.oup.com/academic/product/epidemic-of-cardiovascular-disease-anddiabetes- 9780198833246?cc=gb&lang=en&


‘SCPHRP Meets…’ Dr Elizabeth Ablah, University of Kansas – Wichita Associate Professor.

Dr Ablah met up with SCPHRP to discuss her WorkWell KS initiative.

Watch the video on our YouTube Channel here.

For more ‘SCPHRP Meets…’ videos and others, please check out and subscribe to our SCPHRP YouTube Channel



GCRF Online Community Platform

UKRI has launched a new online platform to facilitate researchers, technologists, practitioners
and professionals interested in the sustainable development goals to network around GCRF
themes and funding. Please consider registering and highlight this platform to your international
collaborators. University UK International (UUKi) seeking academics interested in Newton Fund

UUKi are supporting Newton Fund country researchers in finding UK partners. They are
compiling a database of UK researchers who would like to be contacted by UUKi, should a
relevant Newton partner/collaboration request be received.


GCRF-BBSRC-NERC: Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture and Aquaculture Production Translation Call
Closing date: 18 Sep 2019 (£3.4m to support 12-16 projects)

Funding to accelerate the uptake and impact of BBSRC or NERC funded research into practical application, supporting interdisciplinary projects to address food security development and environmental challenges related to food production in LMICs.

GCRF-EPSRC-Innovate-DFID: Energy catalyst round 7
Closing date: 18 September 2019

Projects must encourage the development of products and services that support countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia (or both) to access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.

There are three strands of funding available:

Early stage (£50k – £300k)
Mid stage (£50k – £1.5m)
Late stage (£50k – £5m)

GCRF-AHRC: International Development Highlight Notice: Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement 2019
Closing date: 18 September 2019 (£100k for 12 month project)

Seeking proposals that enhance inclusive engagement with, and impacts from, research funded by the AHRC in DAC list countries and/or which will contribute more broadly to international development.

GCRF-AHRC: Research Networking Scheme
Closing date 24 September 2019 (up to £60k)
To develop research networks that will enhance the contribution that arts and humanities research makes to international development and the UN SDGs.

GCRF-Academy of Medical Sciences-Royal Academy of Engineering-Royal Society-British Academy Round 5: Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants
Opening mid-July (up to £25k)

Scheme for researchers across all disciplines from LMICs and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges.

GCRF-Innovate UK: Demonstrate Impact Programme
Opening September 2019
This fund will particularly support later-stage or closer to market projects that show potential for transformative, positive change in the lives of people in (and on the economies of) LMICs


AHRC-DFID: Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme – Thematic Research Grants call

Closing date: 05 September 2019 (up to £580k for 18-24 month projects)

This initiative will support a portfolio of research projects to better understand the causes of
humanitarian protection risks/violations.
For links to additional information about GCRF, including resources and events please go to the
website or get in touch with Isobel Marr (isobel.marr@ed.ac.uk)



Thank you for reading our bulletin, we hope you found it interesting and informative. If you have
any relevant news including job vacancies, projects, conferences that you would like to include
in the next bulletin, please get in touch with Sam Bain at samantha.bain@ed.ac.uk


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


‘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.


SCPHRP Bulletin April 2016

Take 5 Minutes to read about recent developments at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP).
care logo FINALDevelopment of an intervention for parents/carers with teenage children, Thursday 26th May, 9.30am-1.30pm, COSLA Conference Centre
This event – a partnership between SCPHRP and the Robertson Trust – presents a piece of work conducted by Jane Hartley and John McAteer to develop an intervention for parents/carers with teenage children. The five-week intervention has been developed for kinship carers in the first instance, with a view to expanding its use for other groups. The event is primarily for third sector groups, and policy makers/decision makers who may be interested in taking the intervention forward in terms of implementation and evaluation. Please visit our Eventbrite page to register (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/care-an-intervention-for-carersparents-with-teenage-children-tickets-24398316020).

  • How qualitative (or interpretive or critical) is qualitative synthesis and what we can do about this?

SCPHRP will be hosting a public lecture on 22nd June between 3pm – 5pm (venue in Edinburgh TBC) by George Noblitt who developed the meta synthesis approach for qualitative research in the 1980’s. George has been invited to Scotland to input into a NIHR funded project to develop meta-ethnography guidelines (eMERGe). Stirling University are leading the grant and Ruth Jepson from SCPHRP is a co-investigator. More information will be posted shortly.
GGTWENTWOSCPHRP’s Daryll Archibald has had an abstract accepted to present the findings of his work investigating the health and well-being benefits of attending a Green Gym programme for older people at the World Congress of Active Ageing in Melbourne, Australia this coming June and has been awarded an Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics Travel Grant to attend the conference. Daryll and TCV are currently working on an application to the Big Lottery Fund to increase the scope of the Green Gym project. Well done Daryll! Read more about the Green Gym in the Spring magazine here..
SCPHRP awardsSCPHRP Development Awards
We are currently accepting applications for a new funding scheme for third sector and policy/practice Working Group members. This is part of our on-going 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.
Mark Hazelwood from the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care was succesful in applying for a SCPHRP development grant to attend the forthcoming meeting of the International Working Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement (IWG), in Dunblane, 6-11th November. Congratulations Mark.
SCPHRP Spring magazine 2016Our Spring magazine is now on the website here.. Read about COLLABORATING WITH ACADEMICS: An Evidence for Success supplementary guide from Patty Lozano-Casal, Evaluation Support Scotland on Page 9, EVERYDAY LIFE AND OLDER PEOPLE’S WELL-BEING in local town centres in Edinburgh from Luca Brunelli on Page 12 and much more. If you would like to contribute to future magazines, please get in touch with Sam Bain at Samantha.bain@ed.ac.uk. 

  • Frank, J. (2016). World view: Origins of the obesity pandemic can be analysed. Nature, 532, p149. 
  • Evans, J.M., Ryde, G., Jepson, R., Gray, C., Shepherd, A., Mackison, D., Ireland, A.V., McMurdo, M.E., Williams, B. (2016). Accessing and engaging women from socio-economically disadvantaged areas: a participatory approach to the design of a public health intervention for delivery in a Bingo club, BMC Public Health, 16. Full article accessible here: http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-3013-1
  • Best, C., Haseen, F., van der Sluijs, W., Ozakinci, G., Currie, D., Eadie, D., Stead, M., Mackintosh, A.M., Pearce, J., Tisch, C., MacGregor, A., Amos, A., Frank, J., Haw, S. (2016). Relationship between e-cigarette point of sale recall and e-cigarette use in secondary school children: a cross-sectional study, 16. Full article accessible here: http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-2968-2

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.
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HiSS Winter Fair for Research Policy & Practice 2019 (November 13, 2019)

We will be hosting an event to bring third sector, industry, government and healthcare organisations together with staff and students in the School of Health in Social Science. Join us for a fun and interactive fair, which aims to connect organisations doing work that may be of interest to staff and students. Attendees will have […]

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Brown Bag Series: Episode 2 (October 30, 2019)

Participation levels and media representation of girls & women in physical activity in Scotland Wednesday 13 November 2019 Guest speakers: Audrey Buelo and Jillian Manner Regular physical activity is important for long-term physical and mental health. However, girls and women are consistently identified as less active than boys and men. The reasons for this are […]

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HiSS research methods community (October 22, 2019)

These sessions are open to students and staff across the School of Health in Social Science. They will focus on learning and supporting each other in regards to research methods. The aim is to learn about methods, share ideas of research, and help each other with methodological methods and encourage the sharing of best practice from […]

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