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


September bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – September Bulletin 2017


  • Welcome to our new PhD students

Mary Allison is co-supervised by Ailsa Niven (PAHRC) and SCPHRPs Ruth Jepson and will be undertaking a PhD on Workplace Step Count Challenges.
Mary’s on twitter @MaryWestview
Gosaye Fida is co-supervised by Ruth and Charlotte Clarke (Health in Social Sciences), and will be undertaking a PhD around the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

  • UPDATE from Greig Inglis

On 1st September SCPHRPs Greig presented some early work on public attitudes toward income inequality at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Social Psychology Conference in Leicester. The title of the presentation was “Causal attributions of poverty and wealth both predict support for income redistribution in the UK.”
Last week Greig was invited to contribute to a day-long session on social justice for undergraduate students in Education. He delivered four workshops throughout the day to trainee teachers on child poverty, health inequalities and education. The sessions were well received and generated a lot of interest amongst the students. He’ll be following up on this work with some more activities in the future, including a full lecture to Education students in the new year.

  • UPDATE from Jan Pringle

SCPHRP’s systematic reviewer Jan has been invited to present a poster at the Public Health Science conference in London on 24th Nov. The poster will highlight a review of early learning and childcare, carried out with colleagues from NHS Health Scotland, as part of the PHEN collaboration (Public Health Evidence Network). The particular focus of the review was on parental outcomes, and the conference will be an excellent forum to showcase the collaboration. The study abstract will be published in the Lancet around the same time as the conference
Jan also had the adolescent sexual behaviour paper published last month in Cogent Social Sciences. The title is: The physiology of adolescent sexual behaviour: a systematic review.

  • UPDATE from Audrey Buelo

Audrey, SCPHRPs new PhD student, attended the European Respiratory Society Congress in Milan in mid-September to present the results of a systematic review she conducted last fall with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.
The project, supervised by Professor Hilary Pinnock, was a systematic review of risk factors associated with asthma attacks in children with asthma. The abstract was one of seven abstracts allocated to an oral presentation, out of over 90 abstracts submitted for the Primary Care session at the conference. Audrey presented the research to over 300 clinicians and researchers at the session. The talk was very well-received and people were especially interested in the clinical applications of understanding these risk factors.

  • Forest School Project

Girls experiences of Forest School: A qualitative evaluation of the impacts of a Forest School personal development programme for 12-13 year-old girls upon wellbeing, resilience, and community outcomes.
The project has been designed in collaboration with the Nature Unlimited staff, who requested the data collection and study in order to rigorously evaluate their programme and intervention. Adolescent girls who are taking part in the Forest School development program will be interviewed by the primary researcher, Jillian Manner.

  • EVENT: Natural benefits: human-nature relationships in the contemporary world

Have you built a woodland den recently? When was the last time you walked barefoot through the grass? Do you let your children climb trees?
24 October 6.30pm – 8.00pm at George Square Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD. Read more and register..

  • See Me Scotland PRESS RELEASE

THE HEADS of the Scottish health and social care services have come together for the first time to look at how to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in the sector.
See Me say that mental health is not treated equally to physical health, which can lead to people experiencing stigma and discrimination, or having mental health needs neglected when experiencing problems with their physical health.
To change this, representatives at the event discussed how to ensure health and social care professionals are equipped to look after the whole person and treat physical and mental health together, providing the parity the Scottish Government aims to achieve in the new Mental Health Strategy.


SCPHRP’s Hannah Biggs and Alexandra Blair attended Children in Scotland’s (CIS) Networking Event on September 19, 2017 at Dovecot Studios (Edinburgh). Over the course of the evening, CIS unveiled their new branding and premiered a short film outlining their vision.

  • CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND Annual Conference 2017 – 8 & 9 Nov at Murryfield Stadium

Children in Scotland annual children’s sector flagship event is a unique opportunity for those who work within the sector to meet, network, learn and debate the key issues facing the sector today.
This year, they’ll be asking – if not you, then who? You’ll have the opportunity to explore, discuss and plan how you can make a positive difference to the lives of the children and young people you work with. Read more and register..

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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.

Forest School Project

What we did: Spending time in Forest Schools may have an influence the health of teenagers and how they feel. This study aimed to find out girls experiences of the Nature Unlimited programme. The primary researcher (Jillian Manner) interviewed Forest School participants this past fall in order to understand their experiences in the program. The study involved one-to-one interviews with eight of the participants and focused on perceived changes to their wellbeing, resilience, and sense of community since starting the programme.

What we found: Six themes emerged from the interviews; wellbeing and mental health, resilience, community and social interaction, learning, perception of forest school and favourite and least favourite aspects of the programme and suggested improvements. Most participants felt the programme had a positive effect on their mood, confidence, social skills and relationships and these changes went beyond the Forest School setting.

What this means: This research provides preliminary evidence of the importance of Forest School programmes, such as the one provided by Nature Unlimited, in fostering positive changes in mood, social skills, confidence and relationships for teenage girls.

What’s next: The findings have been submitted to a journal for publication and should hopefully be available soon.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Jillian Manner at jillian.manner@ed.ac.uk

Forest School based sessions across the Scottish Borders. Forest School and outdoor learning programmes have been shown to play a significant role in improving mental and physical health. Participants take part in weekly sessions run in the Forest School woodland area, where they participate in nature based activities based upon their interests, such as craft, traditional skills, and photography.

The study has been designed in collaboration with the Nature Unlimited staff, who requested the data collection and study in order to rigorously evaluate their programme and intervention. Adolescent girls who are taking part in the Forest School development program will be interviewed by the primary researcher, Jillian Manner. SCPHRPs Larry DoiRuth Jepson and Yvonne Laird are also involved with the study.

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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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