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Current Projects – summary



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SCPHRP Researchers: Professor Ruth Jepson is one of the three co-Directors of GroundsWell. Other SCPHRP members on the project include: Stephen Malden,  Craig O’Donnell and Emma Carroll-Monteil.

UKPRP award £7.1 million for 5 years, with additional in-kind investment from the consortium’s partners

Community-engaged and Data-informed Systems Transformation of Urban Green and Blue Space for Population Health. GroundsWell aims to drive community innovation applying systems science that maximise the contribution of Urban Green and Blue Space to the primary prevention of, and reduction of inequalities in, non communicable diseases (NCD) in urban settings.

Our Outdoors

SCPHRP Researchers: Professor Ruth Jepson is one of the three co-Directors of GroundsWell. Other SCPHRP members on the project include: Stephen Malden,  Craig O’Donnell and Emma Carroll-Monteil.

The spaces we spend the most time in can have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing.

Our Outdoors is a public health citizen science project that aims to explore how local shared outdoor spaces affect our health and wellbeing by working with members of the public and communities through citizens recording how they feel in outdoor spaces using the Our Outdoors App

The Our Outdoors App has been designed to capture how various aspects of outdoor spaces affect our health and wellbeing.

The App has been designed by both public health researchers at the University of Edinburgh and members of the public through a series of workshops and public engagement activities. The survey draws both on existing evidence available in scientific literature as well as the views and experiences of citizens. It is designed so that you can record how you feel in a certain place (it can be used offline) and you can also upload photos. It will be tested out as part of the GroundsWell Project.

Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team: PHIRST Fusion

Funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), Public Health Research (PHR) Programme. Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) provide timely and accessible evaluations of public health interventions to local authorities. The NIHR Public Health Research Programme has appointed six academic teams, via the PHIRST scheme. The teams are ready to work with local authorities to co-produce research on the public health impacts of initiatives. The academic teams are fully funded to co-design and undertake robust research in partnership with local authorities. One of the teams is PHIRST Fusion.

SCPHRP researchers: Professor Ruth Jepson is one of the co-Investigators on PHIRST FUSION and also leads some of the individual evaluations with other members of the team (see below)

PHIRST FUSION evaluation:

Evaluating ‘No One Left Behind’ Fife – tackling employment issues in Scotland

SCPHRP researchers: Ruth Jepson, Sofia Ana Alvarado, Judith Fynn and Jan Pringle (now retired).

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The evaluation sought to understand whether employability services funded by No One Left Behind Fife (NOLB Fife) are being delivered according to NOLB principles and how these principles and the NOLB infrastructure influence service delivery. NOLB Fife is designed to provide person-centred, flexible, and holistic employability services to people who are further from the labour market. The formative evaluation informed the local authority’s approach to commissioning further services in the future and provided recommendations for ways to improve service delivery for both service providers and clients.

Universal Health Visiting Pathway evaluation

SCPHRP Researchers: Larry Doi, Ruth Jepson, Kathleen Morrison

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The Scottish Government (SG) recently introduced significant changes to the Health Visiting service through a programme called the Universal Health Visiting Pathway (UHVP). The University of Edinburgh, led by researchers in SCPHRP, and other partners were commissioned by the SG to undertake an evaluation to examine what elements of the UHVP are being implemented in which areas, when and how. Another aim of the evaluation is to determine the extent to which the UHVP is implemented and delivered across Scotland and assess any associated impacts and the final aim is to identify and explain the extent to which recommendations from phase one are delivered and their impacts on services, staff, children and families. The Phase 1 of the evaluation has just been completed and planning for phase 2 is currently underway.


Evaluation of the hospital in-reach programme

SCPHRP Researchers: Larry Doi, Stephen Malden

Homeless people are at increased risk of experiencing ill-health. They are often readmitted to hospital even after discharge, usually for the same or similar reasons for initial hospitalisation. One way of addressing this issue is through the hospital pathway initiatives or pathway programmes, which have been established to enhance the treatment and discharge ‘pathways’ that patients identified as homeless receive after hospital admission. Since 2019, the pathway programme is being piloted in two large hospitals in Edinburgh and, this study describes an evaluation of the programme. Specifically, this study aimed to evaluate implementation and delivery processes of the pathway programme and assess the impact of the programme in relation to readmission outcomes.

The evaluation was funded by the Cyrenians and employed a mixed methods approach, employing both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses.



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