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Past Projects – summary

Stand Up for Health (SUH)

Sedentary behaviour can be described as spending extended periods of time in a sitting, reclining or lying posture. It is a serious occupational health hazard, linked with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal issues, and poor mental wellbeing. The Stand Up for Health intervention aims to reduce sedentary behaviour in contact centres, while offering staff fun and engaging opportunities to reduce their sitting time, increase physical activity, improve productivity, relieve stress, improve energy levels, and boost mood. An evaluation of the Stand Up for Health intervention is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and runs from April 2019-June 2021.    

Visit Stand Up for Health website

20MPH Project

This NIHR funded study examines the impact of 20mph speed limits on safety and public health.

The research team, led by the University of Edinburgh and SCPHRP, hopes the project will inform other cities planning to introduce lower speed limits. It is the largest of its kind in the UK and will run until 2020. SCPHRP’s Ruth Jepson said: “We are excited about this major project, which we hope will provide very important insights into the public health effects of such initiatives“.

You can find out more about the 20MPH Project here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Family Nurse Partnership insights: Evaluation 

Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an intensive, one-to-one home visiting programme delivered by specially trained nurses, which is designed to support young first-time mothers from early pregnancy up until the child’s second birthday. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a renewed focus on the specific vulnerability of the client group who receive FNP and it was imperative to recognise the essential role of FNP in response to the pandemic. To gain a thorough understanding around the delivery of the FNP programme and the use of telehealth in this context and better characterise the implications of these interim changes. SCPHRP received funding from the Scottish Government to evaluate how FNP was delivered, following the COIVD-19 outbreak in March 2020 and series of lockdowns.

You can find out more about the evaluation and its findings at:




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