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SCPHRP Bulletin No 3

SCPHRP Bulletin No 3


SCPHRP Bulletin No 3

Take Five Minutes to read about recent developments at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP):

News & Events

If you would like to make suggestions regarding a SCPHRP event – including potential collaborations or speakers, would like to share articles and papers, or publicise your own event please feel free to contact a SCPHRP Fellow or Renee Ingram (

Event (£): 08 May 2014 – Public Health: Use of evidence in health inequalities policy. Read more.
SCPHRP Event: 21 May 2014 – Social connections and health across the lifecourse. Social connections are concerned with the interactions between people and/or groups of people, occurring within a range of settings, including communities, families and peer groups or friendship networks. There is growing evidence that these are important drivers of health and wellbeing throughout the lifecourse and through a variety of mechanisms. This is reflected in national policy, which increasingly refers to connectedness as a health asset within communities.
We have invited four speakers, from a range of backgrounds, to present evidence of how social connections can influence health across the lifecourse. The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion. Register here.
SCPHRP Event: 27 May 2014 – Exploring continuity of care in maternity and post-natal services.  Currently, there is growing evidence that continuity of care improves maternal and child care outcomes. This is reflected in the Scottish Government’€™s health policy, which indicates that all pregnant women in Scotland should have a named midwife who provides continuity of care through the antenatal period. However, there may be continuity of care issues in maternity services and around care-handoff from midwives to health visitors.
We have invited four speakers to present a dynamic overview of continuity of care in maternity and post-natal services. The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion. Register here.
Event (£): Wednesday 4 ’€“ Friday 6 June 2014 – Field Trials and Intervention Studies ’€“ a three day course. More information.
SCPHRP Event: 10 June 2014 – Young STAND Awards. STAND is a joint initiative between Mentor and SCPHRP, the aim of which is to recognise and reward community and school based projects working to prevent alcohol and substance misuse in Scotland.
This year, our STAND Awards event will be held at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in June.  Winners will receive evaluation support and a cash prize.  To learn more about how to apply for STAND click here.
Training Event (£): 23 July 2014 Introduction to Seeking, Understanding and Presenting Evidence. Register here.
Appointment ’€“ SCPHRP Director, John Frank, has been appointed as Chair of the Scottish Government Steering Group on “Preventing Teenage Pregnancy and Supporting Young Parents’€.
MPH Students for SCPHRP – Six MPH students from the University of Edinburgh will be doing their dissertations projects at SCPHRP – we will introduce them and their topics in the next bulletin.
SCPHRP Website ’€“ The SCPHRP website is under-going improvements and will be re-launched in May 2014. You can still visit the website in the meantime.
Studentship ’€“ Five new PhD studentships funded by CoENI available. Closing date for applications is 7 May 2014. Read more.

Papers and Publications

John Frank and Ruth Jepson have signed a contract with OUP to publish a book on Preventative Medicine, suggested title: ” Prevention: A Critical Guide”.

Useful Links

’€˜SCPHRP Meets’€¦ Dr Margaret Thomas’€™ – SCPHRP got the chance to speak with Dr. Margaret Thomas who is the project lead for the ‘National Evaluation of the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health’ in Australia, about her experiences with evaluation and public health – both in Europe and in Australia. Watch here.
Filmed Events ’€“ Theresa Marteau: Reducing Health Inequalities: A Behavioural Science Perspective. Watch here.
SCPHRP films most of the events we host. You can watch past events on our YouTube Channel. Visit the YouTube Channel.

Top Three Tweets from @scphrp

Tweet #1: #obesity

 Tweet #2: Don’t you just love this! #Knitted sweaters protect penguins from oil spills. Article here.

 Tweet #3: Great public health idea for bike share cities: ‘Boston Doctors Can Now Prescribe You a Bike’. Article here. HT @catbrom #cycling
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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