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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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
Meta-ethnography: issues in conduct and reporting. Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill Campus on Thursday 24 May from 1-4pm
An interactive workshop on meta-ethnography conduct and reporting as part of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology’s (IIQM) ‘TQ2U’ Travelling Workshop
The interactive workshop will give participants hands-on experience of some of the complex processes in meta-ethnography conduct, including the analytic synthesis processes of ‘translation’ and ‘synthesising translations.’ It will also cover some of the challenges in reporting of meta-ethnographies. Read more…
ScHARR Short Courses: RAPID REVIEW METHODS
1 day course – Thursday 17th May 2018
**Booking for this course will close 2nd May 2018**
Course Overview: If the review is to be delivered in a shorter time frame or a smaller budget it may seem inevitable that it will no longer be able to remain transparent, rigorous, exhaustive and comprehensive. What are the implications of any shortcuts that might be taken? Can we measure the impact of such shortcuts? Which methods might be adopted when undertaking a rapid review? What do commissioners want? What is the balance between working smarter and short changing the commissioners? How do you create a team that can work together more efficiently within a shorter timescale? These questions will be explored through a detailed examination of tools that can be used and adapted to meet the particular needs of each rapid review.
Link to further course information https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/scharr/shortcourseunit/rapidreviews2018
2018 Active Travel Conference
Date: 30 May 2018 Venue: Perth Concert Hall
With a theme of ‘Towards 2028 – seeing more people travel actively’, the conference will look back at some of the achievements of the last ten years, but more importantly look forward to the next decade of promoting Active Travel in Scotland. Read more…
Become a Street Warrior Street Fit Scotland
If you are homeless, in a hostel, Bed & Breakfast, rehab, supported accommodation or feeling isolated, Street Fit Scotland want you to become a street warrior! Join them at Edinburgh Meadows for a free outdoor bootcamp (Beside the tennis courts).
Get fit in the fresh air – HAVE FUN AND FEEL FANTASTIC!
FROM: Wednesday 9th May 7pm – 8pm UNTIL: Wednesday 29th August 7pm – 8pm Read more…
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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.
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 Doi, Ruth Jepson and Yvonne Laird are also involved with the study.
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERVENING WITH YOUNG NOVICE DRIVERS Guest Speaker: Dr Jessica Hafetz Mirman Dr. Hafetz conducts basic and translational research related to transportation safety for children, young and novice drivers, and drivers with developmental disabilities. Our brown bag seminar series is an interactive forum for subject matter experts to provide their thoughts about […]
FREE EVENT Thursday, 17 October 2019 9.30am – 4.00pm at The Pod, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ What’s it about? Intervention development and evaluation is generally considered a methodology rather than a specific research field. The volume of methods are vast and each discipline (e.g. public health, psychology, […]
WELCOME TO OUR JULY BULLETIN 2019 SCPHRP NEWS 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 […]