The rigorous development, implementation, and evaluation of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of community-based interventions and policies, especially in relation to inequalities in health.The facilitation of two-way knowledge flows between r

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow

Abstract

In all known societies health risks, health-related behaviours, physical and mental health, and life expectancy tend to vary between social groups. Inequalities in health exist across a range of social and demographic indicators including income, social class, occupation and parental occupation, level of education, housing condition, neighbourhood quality, geographic region, gender and ethnicity. Inequalities are evident in many health outcomes, including mortality, morbidity, self-reported health, mental health, death and injury from accidents and violence.

There is a considerable body of research documenting trends in inequalities and examining explanations for their existence and persistence. However, there is a lack of evidence about the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of policies, programmes, and projects to improve environments, and to reduce health burdens, unhealthy behaviours, and inequalities in health.

This award will fund four five-year postdoctoral researchers whose fellowships will focus on developing and/or implementing and evaluating community-based interventions and/or policies designed to narrow the gap between deprived and vulnerable groups and the rest of the population. A secondary aim of these fellowships is to develop much-needed multidisciplinary research skills and capacity in collaborative population health science.

It is very important that researchers study problems which are relevant to policymakers and practitioners, and ensure that the findings of their research are exchanged with these policymakers and practitioners in order to encourage uptake of any conclusions. This award will also fund a part-time knowledge broker tasked with generating early intelligence on research opportunities and policy/practitioner needs for research in particular fields, and providing two-way communications between researchers and policymakers and practitioners, in order to enhance the policy relevance of our work, and its translation into policy and practice.

This award therefore has two aims:

• The rigorous development, implementation, and evaluation of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of community-based interventions and policies, especially in relation to inequalities in health.
• The facilitation of two-way knowledge flows between the research in the social and public health sciences, and relevant policymakers and practitioners.

Technical Summary

This award has two aims:

• The rigorous development, implementation, and evaluation of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of community-based interventions and policies, especially in relation to inequalities in health.
• The facilitation of two-way knowledge flows between research in the social and public health sciences, and relevant policymakers and practitioners.

In all known societies health risks, health-related behaviours, physical and mental health, and life expectancy tend to vary between social groups. Inequalities in health exist across a range of social and demographic indicators including income, social class, occupation and parental occupation, level of education, housing condition, neighbourhood quality, geographic region, gender and ethnicity. Inequalities are evident in many health outcomes, including mortality, morbidity, self-reported health, mental health, death and injury from accidents and violence.

There is a considerable body of research documenting trends in inequalities and examining explanations for their existence and persistence. However, there is a lack of evidence about the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of policies, programmes, and projects to improve environments, and to reduce health burdens, unhealthy behaviours, and inequalities in health. This award will fund four five-year postdoctoral researchers whose fellowships will focus on developing and/or implementing and evaluating community-based interventions and/or policies designed to narrow the gap between deprived and vulnerable groups and the rest of the population. A secondary aim of these fellowships is to develop multidisciplinary research skills and capacity in collaborative population health science.

The award will also fund a part-time knowledge broker tasked with generating early intelligence on research opportunities and policy/practitioner needs for research in particular fields, and providing two-way communications between researchers and policymakers and practitioners, in order to enhance the policy relevance of our work, and its translation into policy and practice.

Publications

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Bevan Jones R (2018) Psychoeducational interventions in adolescent depression: A systematic review. in Patient education and counseling

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Brown A (2019) Prison Staff and Prisoner Views on a Prison Smoking Ban: Evidence From the Tobacco in Prisons Study. in Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

 
Description Consultation response to Scottish Government All Together Now strategy document (Kathryn Skivington)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Services/Alcohol/Strategy
 
Description Member of the Cross Party Group on Improving Scotlands Health (Sharon Simpson)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Response to Scottish Government Consultation A Healthier Future ââ'¬â€œ Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight (Stephanie Chalmers)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Scottish Government advisory group member Self Management and Social Prescribing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Effective solutions to societal problems
 
Description Work, wages and wellbeing in the Scottish labour market
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/91212.aspx
 
Description A multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an environmental nutrition and physical activity intervention in nurseries (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care - NAP SACC
Amount £197,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NIHR127551 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 06/2022
 
Description Alcohol Research UK Small grants
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Alcohol Research UK 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description An N of 1 study of the psychosocial determinants of `stopping, `switching and `seeking treatment behaviour following MUP implementation (Mark MacCann)
Amount £8,000 (GBP)
Organisation Alcohol Research UK 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 10/2018
 
Description An exploratory study to test STASH a peer-led intervention to prevent and reduce STI transmission and improve sexual health in secondary schools
Amount £451,262 (GBP)
Funding ID PHR/14/182/14 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2018
 
Description Arthritis Research UK Clinical Studies
Amount £202,752 (GBP)
Funding ID 21395 
Organisation Versus Arthritis 
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Chief Scientist Office (Sharon Simpson)
Amount £34,091 (GBP)
Organisation Chief Scientist Office 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 08/2018
 
Description Collaboration with McGill University
Amount £2,025 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description Community Links: the perspective of community organisations on the Link Worker pilot and collaborative working with primary health care
Amount £14,224 (GBP)
Organisation NHS Health Scotland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Developing complex systems methods capacity in NHS Health Scotland.EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (Mark McCann)
Amount £15,186 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Department Impact Acceleration Account Lancaster
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Developing core outcome measures for lifestyle weight management programmes by expert consensus
Amount £35,000 (GBP)
Funding ID CGA/17/08 
Organisation Chief Scientist Office 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 08/2018
 
Description EPSRC-IAA: Developing complex systems methods capacity in NHS Health Scotland (Mark McCann)
Amount £9,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description ERASMUS-MUNDUS Nova Domus
Amount € 3,159 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Description ESRC-IAA: Developing complex systems methods capacity in NHS Health Scotland (Mark McCann)
Amount £8,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 03/2019
 
Description Exploratory trials of complex public health interventions: development of guidance for researchers and funders
Amount £244,501 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/N015843/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 04/2018
 
Description Impact Acceleration Account 2014 - University of Glasgow
Amount £1,263,912 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/M500471/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 03/2019
 
Description MQ Transforming Mental Health
Amount £299,993 (GBP)
Funding ID MQ16PI100009 
Organisation MQ Transforming Mental Health 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description MRC PHIND
Amount £187,451 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Osteoarthritis Preoperative Package of care of Orthotics, Rehabilitation, Topical and oral agent Usage and Nutrition to Improve outcomes aT a Year (OPPORTUNITY)
Amount £202,752 (GBP)
Funding ID 21395 
Organisation Versus Arthritis 
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Physical Activity Monitors in an Exercise Referral Setting
Amount £245,994 (GBP)
Organisation Health and Care Research Wales 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2017
 
Description Police Scotland Funding (Evangelia Demou)
Amount £35,713 (GBP)
Organisation Police Scotland 
Sector Public
Country Unknown
Start 10/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description Population Research Committee - BUPA Foundation Fund - Innovation Grant
Amount £14,960 (GBP)
Funding ID C53245/A19672 
Organisation Cancer Research UK 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 12/2015
 
Description Process evaluation of the implementation of Universal Free School Meals (FSM) for P1 to P3
Amount £27,000 (GBP)
Organisation NHS Health Scotland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 01/2016
 
Description Process evaluation of the implementation of universal free school meals (Stephanie Chambers)
Amount £26,999 (GBP)
Organisation NHS Health Scotland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 01/2016
 
Description Safety Planning Intervention with Follow-up Telephone Contact (SAFE TEL) to Reduce Suicidal Behaviour: A Developmeny and Exploratory Trail
Amount £299,993 (GBP)
Funding ID MQ16PI100009 
Organisation MQ Transforming Mental Health 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Slimming World Research Funding
Amount £72,000 (GBP)
Organisation Slimming World 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2013 
End 06/2016
 
Description Southampton Biomedical Research Centre Seed Grant Scheme
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Southampton NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Nutrition 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description Systematic review of interventions to improve health, happiness and wellbeing in the transition from adolescence to adulthood
Amount £42,923 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 08/2016
 
Description The nature of employment and excess mortality in Glasgow and Scotland (KS)
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 09/2015
 
Description Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network
Amount £1,025,164 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S004351/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 11/2022
 
Description Updating the MRC guidance on complex interventions (Laurence Moore)
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 06/2018
 
Description Updating the MRC guidance on complex interventions (Laurence Moore)
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department of Health (DH) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 06/2018
 
Description Variation & determinants of Novel Psychoactive substance use
Amount £290,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PHR/14/153/01 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 03/2018
 
Description Variation and Determinants of Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) Use: Potential Implications for Policy and Practice
Amount £352,626 (GBP)
Funding ID PHR/14/153/01 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 07/2017
 
Description w6LCgMKYSGVscG1lZG9pdCHDosKAwpkgYSB3ZWIgYW5kIHRleHQgYmFzZWQgaW50ZXJ2ZW50aW9u IHRvIGZhY2lsaXRhdGUgc29jaWFsIHN1cHBvcnQgdG8gYWNoaWV2ZSBhbmQgbWFpbnRhaW4gaGVh bHRoIHJlbGF0ZWQgYmVoYXZpb3VyIGNoYW5nZQ==
Amount £430,883 (GBP)
Funding ID PHR/12/180/20 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 01/2018
 
Title MobiQ: A modular Android application for collecting social interaction, repeated survey, GPS and photographic data (Mark McCann) 
Description The MobiQ app for Android smartphones is a feature-rich application enabling a novel approach to data collection for longitudinal surveys. It combines continuous automatic background data collection with user-supplied data. It can prompt users to complete questionnaires at regular intervals and allows users to upload photographs for social research projects. The app has the capability to collect GPS location data, and calls and text frequency (excluding content) unobtrusively. The app transmits data to a secure cloud rather than storing research data on the phone, but can also store data temporarily if a data connection is unavailable; hence, MobiQ offers data security advantages over text- or web-based surveys using phones. MobiQ has been pilot tested in the field in a social science research project and is able to collect longitudinal social research data. Due to its modular and flexible design, MobiQ can easily be adapted to suit different research questions. Furthermore, its core design approach which allows for long-term power efficient data collection can be re-used outside the social sciences domain for other kinds of smartphone-based data-driven projects. Projects that have a requirement for communications-based, sensors-based, user-based data collection or any combination of these may find our code and design approach beneficial. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact For example, MobiQ code and architecture has been successfully adapted to build an app for a project investigating smartphone-based implicit authentication for mobile access control. 
URL https://github.com/ElsevierSoftwareX/SOFTX-D-16-00014
 
Title Free School Meals 
Description Data from official Scottish Government sources were used to investigate the hypotheses outlined above. School meals data was obtained from the Scottish Government's Healthy Living Survey (HLS), an annual census of all publicly-funded Scottish schools, collected in a single week in February 2014. The data analysed was collected for 342 schools (with an additional 20 being lost to missing data) and 36,086 pupils. Data on school buildings was obtained via the 2014 School Estates Core Facts Survey in which local authorities collect information on the size, condition, suitability and capacity of all publicly-funded schools. The survey allows for the ongoing monitoring of school refurbishment. The two datasets were linked using school and local authority names as identifiers. An additional explanatory variable was the price paid for a meal. This data was derived by accessing pricing information via local authority or school websites. Official Scottish Government data (Scottish Government, 2014) provided information on the percentage of the population within each local authority falling into one of six categories: Large Urban, Other Urban, accessible Small Towns, Remote Small Towns, Accessible Rural, Remote Rural. We combined 'neighbouring' pairs to reduce this to three categories: Urban, Small Town and Rural. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None yet 
 
Title HELP trial dataset 
Description This dataset includes data from pregnant women and women in the postpartum period. Data were collected at baseline and at 36 weeks gestation and at 6 weeks, 6 months and 12 months postpartum. Body Mass Index at 12 months postpartum was the primary outcome. Secondary outcomes include pregnancy weight gain, quality of life, mental health, waist-hip ratio, child weight centile, admission to neonatal unit, diet, physical activity levels, pregnancy and birth complications, social support, self-regulation and self-efficacy. Data on cost effectiveness and process evaluation data were also collected. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None as yet 
 
Title Shirt Sponsorship by Gambling Companies in the English and Scottish Premier Leagues: global reach and public health concerns 
Description While the nature of gambling practices is contested, a strong evidence base demonstrates that gambling can become a serious disorder and have a range of detrimental effects for individuals, communities and societies. Over the last decade, football in the UK has become visibly entwined with gambling marketing. To explore this apparent trend, we tracked shirt sponsors in both the English and Scottish Premier Leagues since 1992 and found a pronounced increase in the presence of sponsorship by gambling companies. This increase occurred at the same time the Gambling Act 2005, which liberalised rules, was introduced. We argue that current levels of gambling sponsorship in UK football, and the global visibility it provides to gambling brands, is a public health concern that needs to be debated and addressed. We recommend that legislators re-visit the relationship between football in the UK and the sponsorship it receives from the gambling industry. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Description Belfast/Glasgow Social Network Analysis Collaboration 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Statistical expertise, paper co-authors
Collaborator Contribution Data custodians, paper co-authors
Impact New collaboration; no outputs as yet. This collaboration involves the drugs and alcohol research network, the institute of child care research v in the department of sociology, social policy v and social work, and the unit. The first of a series of journal v articles is currently in preparation.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with Slimming World 
Organisation Slimming World
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We negotiated with Slimming World to pay for half the cost of delivering the intervention to study participants. We have also been awarded funding from Slimming World to for a PhD, this will allow us to complete a longer term follow-up of participants in the study, as well as complete additional qualitative work and exploration of maintenance of weight as well as issues around the impact on the other family members particularly the child.
Collaborator Contribution Slimming World have helped deliver the intervention to study participants as well as recruiting staff to deliver it. They also assisted with training intervention midwives and a member of Slimming World is a collaborator on the Trial Management Group and has had intellectual input into the study.
Impact At present we have not published anything from the study which is still ongoing. The collaboration is muti-disciplinary involving dietetics, psychology, statistics, health economics and medicine.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Evaluating Alcohol MUP in Ireland 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Statistical expertise, topic expertise, writing data requests and funding applications
Collaborator Contribution Liaising with data custodians, writing data requests and fudning applications, analysing data
Impact £10k Enabling research award from NI Public Health Agency Research and development directorate
Start Year 2015
 
Description Healthy Stadia (Stephanie Chalmers) 
Organisation European Healthy Stadia Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and intellectual input
Collaborator Contribution Expertise and intellectual input
Impact "The collaboration with Healthy Stadia focuses on the commercial determinants of health in sports settings. The collaboration has led so far to a:\ Research publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2018.1425682\ University of Glasgow, College of Social Sciences PhD studentship.\ \ It is a multidisciplinary partnership drawing from public health, sociology and policy."
Start Year 2016
 
Description SPHSU / NHS Health Scotland Complex Systems & Alcohol collaboration 
Organisation NHS Health Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Following a meeting between SPHSU, SCHRP and Health Scotland, a number of strands of collaborative work around complex systems methods research, and alcohol research are underway. Mark McCann presented at the Health Scotland Inequalities Forum, the observatory and the evaluations team about complexity science in relation to health; and an overview of methods and possibilities for future collaboration. An MRC DTP student in the unit is collaborating on a exceptional training award to analyse data held by Health Scotland in relation to causal inference methods.
Collaborator Contribution Health Scotland provided data on Alcohol sales and deaths, which were used for preliminary analyses presented at the seminar. We are currently drafting an application for a co-funded PhD CASE studentship looking at using Agent Based Models to understand health policy debates among public and decision maker communities. The application for matched funding is currently under consideration.
Impact A series of meetings, seminar presentation, and a funding award from the MRC for an exceptional training scholarship.
Start Year 2016
 
Description i-WIP collaboration (Sharon Simpson) 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Department Queen Mary Innovation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution SS is currently part of a network called the International Weight Management in Pregnancy (i-WIP) collaborative group. This is an international group with colleagues from 16 countries including the USA, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Croatia and Norway. I have shared my expertise and experience on this topic and we have shared (or will share) data from trials/studies on interventions for maternal obesity to enable IPD meta analyses yet to be completed.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have shared their experience and expertise on this topic. We have also shared (or will share) data from trials/studies on interventions for maternal obesity to enable IPD meta analyses yet to be completed.
Impact We have submitted a funding application entitled - Diet and physical activity in pregnancy to prevent gestational diabetes: Individual Participant Data (IPD) meta-analysis on the differential effects of interventions. This was submitted to National Institute for Health Research - Research for Patient Benefit Programme (Stage 2). We are waiting to hear.
Start Year 2018
 
Title HelpMeDoIt Intervention (SS) 
Description This is a website and app based on well established behaviour change techniques which is designed to mobilse individuals social network to help them achieve weight loss, increased physical activity or improved diet and help them maintain behaviour changes. 
Type Therapeutic Intervention - Psychological/Behavioural
Current Stage Of Development Early clinical assessment
Year Development Stage Completed 2015
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Clinical Trial? Yes
Impact N/A 
URL http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN85615983
 
Title HelpMeDoIt website and app 
Description We have developed a website and App which is designed to help people to engage individuals in their social network to help them to set goals and lose weight. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact None as yet the app and website are being assessed in the feasibility trial 
 
Description Talk given at the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentations were given at this conference to a mixed audience of researchers and professional public health practitioners. The purpose was to share the methods and initial results of the HelpMeDoIt study with researchers as well as practitioners. The presentations sparked discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description ASH Scotland: Smoking and multimorbidities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an invited presentation to the ASH (Taking Action on Smoking and Health) Scotland Research Group on risk factors for multimorbidity. 25 workshop participants came from a variety of backgrounds and there was a discussion session after the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Article in The Times Scotland: Thunderer: We have to stop people developing multiple illnesses 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact An article was written for The Times 'Thunderer' column, coinciding with the publication of an article in a peer-reviewed medical journal. The article was written to provide an accessible overview of the research conducted on socioeconomic inequalities in multimorbidity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/thunderer-we-have-to-stop-people-developing-multiple-illnesses-6h...
 
Description Bipolar Support Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked lost of questions and discussion afterwards about challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I was invited to talk at other Bipolar Support Groups in Glasgow and beyond
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Connecting the Connectors Event (KS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Invited to present a workshop to delegates at a national event organised by NHS Health Scotland and The Alliance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.alliance-scotland.org.uk/news-and-events/events/view/925/
 
Description Delivered a 4 day course at the University of Bergen entitled "Design, management, conduct and reporting of empirical research studies" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The aim was to deliver a course on the "Design, management, conduct and reporting of empirical research studies" to postgraduate students at the University of Bergen to increase their knowledge and understanding of the above and give them some useful tools relevant to their PhD as well as to prepare them for their future research careers. Seven students attended. There were a lot of discussions and questions and students have taken some of the tools and knowledge and applied this in their PhDs. The course received excellent feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Delivered a 4 day course at the University of Bergen entitled "Interdisciplinary perspectives on modifiable social influences on behaviour" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The aim was to deliver a course on the "Interdisciplinary perspectives on modifiable social influences on behaviour" to postgraduate students at the University of Bergen to increase their knowledge and understanding of the above, to get them to think about the importance of social influences on behaviour and to help equip them for their future research careers. Seven students attended. There were a lot of discussions and questions and students have taken some of the tools and knowledge and applied this in their PhDs. The course received excellent feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description European Researchers Night Explorathon at the Glasgow Science Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Did a public engagement activity for adults which got participants to reflect on the social influences on their behaviours. We also told both adults and children about the study.
The adults drew out a sociogram which is a graphical representation of your social network, which can capture things like whether people are helpful, age, gender etc. This task helped them think about how individuals in their network might influence their decision making about lifestyle issues
Children did a task which involved them designing an app to get their friends more active.
The engagement activity sparked discussion and increased awareness of how apps and your social circle can influence your lifestyle.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Glasgow Science Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The HelpMeDoIt study team contributed to the 'Engage Science' event at the Glasgow Science Centre on 5th February 2016.
The aim of the event was to engage school children in careers in science.
We shared information on the HelpMeDoIt study and discussed with school children (n=30) how technology can be used to improve health via the use of smartphone apps. We asked the children to come up with ideas for their own 'healthy apps'. They shared creative ideas for key app features which the study team took on board for future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Health in the City. Notre Dame Primary School glasgow for Health Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Took the MRC developed Health in the City game and presented it to a class of primary 3 school children for Health week
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited participant to Holyrood magazine's childhood obesity event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to speak on food marketing to children to an audience of mainly school senior managers organised through Holyrood Magazine. I took part in an expert panel discussion after this talk with the audience. An article was written up after this event broadening the reach of its audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.holyrood.com/articles/feature/energy-energy-out-tackling-childhood-obesity
 
Description Invited presentation at St Mary's Hospital Foundation, McGill University, Montreal. The contribution of risk factors to socioeconomic inequalities in multimorbidity across the lifecourse: A longitudinal analysis of the west of Scotland Twenty07 cohort 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 40 members of staff from St Mary's hospital, Montreal attended my presentation on socioeconomic inequalities in multimorbidity. Discussion after the presentation was lively and further requests for more information and potential further work followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lecture - University of Ottawa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact I presented to Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Health Sciences students on a visit to the University of Ottawa on the role of grandparents in promoting healthy behaviours in their grandchildren. Students were unfamiliar with the Scottish context, and of the impact of grandparents and reported that their knowledge had increased as a result of the lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Multiple interviews for national and international news (Stephanie Chalmers) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release put out on paper investigating grandparents influence on their grandchildren's risk factors for cancer. Received coverage in over 40 news publications, 15 radio interviews carried out, 3 blogs written in response, 95 tweets from 86 users, with an upper bound of 173,482 followers. Coverage of research was international in reach including the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Spain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NIHR Blog for the HelpMeDoIt study 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of the blog was to reflect on the use of smartphone apps and also to make people aware of the study. Some people have contacted us who were interested in taking part in the study and finding out more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nihr.ac.uk/blogs/using-smartphone-apps-for-weight-loss-thoughts-from-the-helpmedoit-study...
 
Description Night at the Museum Public research showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark McCann hosted vistors to the 'Sexy Science' stall at the museum open night. The stall invited members of the public to explore myths and facts surrounding sexual health, find out more about sexual health research, and volunteer ideas around their understanding of sexual wellbeing for possible questions in future waves of the NATSAL survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at the Digital Health and Wellbeing conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The presentations were given at this digital health conference to a mixed audience of researchers, public health practitioners and industry. The purpose was to share the methods and initial results of the HelpMeDoIt study with researchers, industry as well as practitioners. The presentations sparked discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation: working together to reduced drug related deaths for International Overdose Awareness Day (joseph tay wee teck) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a conference organised by the Scottish Drug Forum entitled "Working together to reduce drug related deaths".
Presenting also were: Dr Marilou Gagnon, University of Victoria, ACC Steve Johnson, police Scotland, Laura Kerr, Lead officer, Alcohol & Drugs, Tayside and chaired by Daniel Kleinberg, Scottish Government. I was speaking from the GP perspective in contributing to the reduction of DRDs. 30/08/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sdf.org.uk/keynote-speaker-and-early-bird-rate-announced-for-upcoming-sdf-conference-on-d...
 
Description Press coverage about parental monitoring and adolescent drinking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release and subsequent radio and press interviews about a paper published in addiction regarding parenting and adolescent drinking. The story was covered by the Belfast Telegraph, Courier Advertiser, Coventry Telegraph, Metro, Herald, Daily Record, Scotsman, The Scottish Sun, Yahoo News, and Radio Clyde.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Press release, interviews for national news, research featured in 73 news outlets (Stephanie Chalmers) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release based on research on football shirt sponsorship and gambling. Picked up by 73 news outlets; 70 tweets from 42 users, with an upper bound of 111,968 followers, 1 blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public engagement: Bipolar Scotland Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact Event describing my research to tackle lifestyle issues in people with serious mental health issues. Group discussion on the challenges of weight change in this group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description School Visit (South Lanarkshire) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Stephanie Chambers visited four classrooms in a local school to tell them about the research with children and young people that is being undertaken as part of her fellowship. This included telling them about the different ways that Stephanie has collected information from children on food and health. She took part in a Q&A activity after each of the four talks with the children. Feedback from teachers was that the children were engaged (concluded from the extensive questions asked) and had gained insight into an area they knew little about.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Scottish Drug Policy Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Mark McCann was invited to the announcement event for a new Scottish Drugs and Alcohol Policy "Drug Policy through a health lens". The Health Minister MSP announced the intention to renew the policy, and small working groups fed back ideas for the new policy direction. Dr McCann outlined the importance of considering both systems of formal support, and the interaction of policy with social systems in which drug users are situated. These considerations would relate to both research, restructuring, and evaluating new structures and services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Scottish Drugs Forum Board of Trustees 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Mark McCann was invited to sit of the board of trustees for the Scottish Drugs Forum to give input on academic research in the drugs field. He attends quarterly meetings and the AGM to advise and vote on strategic direction for SDF.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Short life working group on image and performance enhancing drugs (Scottish Drug Forum) (Joseph Tay Wee Teck) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This is a group meeting quarterly to put forward a report on behalf of the Scottish Drug Forum with regards to the problem of IPED use in Scotland. Involved included the leads for the three anabolic steroid clinics in Scotland (In Glasgow, Edinburgh and the highlands). The report will be submitted to inform the Scottish drug policy reboot currently out for consultation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Society of Social Medicine (SSM) Early Career Researchers committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Evangelia Demou presented the results of the evaluation of SSM's Mentoring Pilot Scheme for ECRs to the SSM main committee and informed the ongoing development of the pilot into a full scale programme. Contributed to small grant application to the Wellcome Trust which allowed us to provide more free places and free accomodation to ECRs to attend the SSM ECR workshp.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://socsocmed.org.uk/early-career-researchers/subcommittee/
 
Description Society of Social Medicine (SSM) Early Career Researchers committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Kathryn Skivington is a member of the Social Science and Medicine (SSM) Early Career Researcher (ECR) committee. Her specific role is as Local Organiser of the annual workshop for ECRs that will procede the SSM Annual Scientific Meeting. The workshop will be held in Glasgow in September 2018 and is expected to attract 50-100 ECRs. Other general roles on the committee include reporting to the chair on various issues related to SSM ECR membership.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://socsocmed.org.uk/members-and-networking/ecrs/subcommittee/
 
Description Speaker at "Systems methods for Local Policy Evaluation" event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event introduced health policy makers and evaluators in the London area to systems science methods and how they could be applied in local policy work. Mark McCann talked about network analysis, agent based models, and systems graph building methods. The wider group discussed how and where they could be applied. An output from the workshop was to write up some guidance and documentation for local policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Stakeholder workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop on stakeholders' experiences of working with grandparents to promote child health.
Purpose was to engage with practitioners with the aim of developing an intervention in this area. Participants provided a number of ideas for future funding proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Talk and poster given at the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentations were given at this behavioural medicine conference to a mixed audience of researchers, third sector organisations and professional public health practitioners. The purpose was to share the methods and initial results of the HelpMeDoIt study with researchers as well as practitioners. The presentations sparked discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talk and poster given at the Sunbelt Social Network Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentations were given at this social network conference to a mixed audience of researchers and professional public health practitioners. The purpose was to share the methods and initial results of the HelpMeDoIt study with social network researchers as well as practitioners. The presentations sparked discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Conference 2015 (2 x posters) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Our study team presented two conference posters: (i) our HelpMeDoIt study protocol; and (ii) findings from our stage 1 intervention development.
The majority of the audience were academic researchers working in behavioural medicine, in addition to some professional practitioners and under/postgraduate students.
We presented both posters and engaged in numerous discussions with conference attendees. Discussions focused on the potential of using smartphones apps for lifestyle behavoiur change. Several researchers took our contact details with a view to exploring similar opportunities in their own institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact In October 2015 I was invited to give a webinar presentation by the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Canada) and the Childhood Obesity Foundation. The webinar series is available to listeners internationally, with Canadian advocacy groups and policy makers the main audience for its output.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://childhoodobesityfoundation.ca/videos/
 
Description Workshop: 6SQuID HIV testing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Working with practitioners and researchers to develop intervention for family HIV testing, South Africa
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2015/11/15/jech-2015-205952.full?sid=bf9e8c7c-613b-4536-9b54-782ee...