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February Bulletin 2017

February Bulletin 2017

newsWelcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – February 2017


hannahHannah Biggs – Research Assistant in Public Health Evaluation
Hannah has over 10 years of public health research, development, facilitation and support experience with expertise in mental health. Prior to joining SCPHRP in 2017, Hannah worked in a range of research, development and facilitation roles including working as a Researcher at the Mental Health Foundation and the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health and in support roles at ASH Scotland and the Scottish Government. Read more..

Opportunity:  SCPHRP Visiting Expert

We are currently accepting applications from local stakeholders in the Third Sector and community groups, professional public health positions, and public sector health policy fields, for the non-remunerated position of SCPHRP Visiting Expert.   This is a part-time position (perhaps one-half to one-day monthly), the function of which is to work with SCPHRP staff and Fellows on applied research, and/or knowledge-exchange project(s) of mutual interest, bringing diverse “real-world” expertise relevant to our mandate.  The post-holder will gain experience working at the interface between policy, research and practice, and will contribute to a project in their field of interest.  For further information on the role and application process, please visit:

PrintSCPHRP Development Awards

We are currently accepting applications to our funding scheme for third sector and policy/practice Working Group members. This is part of our ongoing 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: and contact the relevant Working Group Fellow for further information.

Eat well front coverEvaluation of Eat Well Keep Active (Stage 2)

This evaluation was carried out as part of a larger outcomes evaluation of the Eat Well – Keep Active course run by CHANGES.
Stage 2 followed on from Stage 1 (Robertson 2013) and was a prospective evaluation of people taking part in two consecutive Courses in November 2013 and June 2014.
Using the results and insights gained from Stage 1, the aim of Stage 2 was to determine better whether the Course outcomes (see Appendix 1) were met and to estimate the size of effects which might be attributable to the course. It used a cross-sectional approach to measure short and longer terms effects. The objectives were to: determine

  • the size of effects seen in Stage 1
  • determine whether these effects were maintained over the longer term
  • determine which effects are maintained over the longer term and which are not.

You can view the report here at Eat Well – Keep Active

Diabetes UK studentship award

Ruth Jepson and Alison Kirk from Strathclyde have been successful in obtaining a Diabetes UK studentship award to develop a physical activity intervention for women with gestational diabetes.

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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