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  • Changing organisations for the better using behavioural science

    • 06 Jan 2020
    • Reform programme
    • Conny Wollbrant

    Revitalising Scotland’s public health system is not only challenging; it involves new ways of working. Dr Conny Wollbrant, Associate Professor at the University of Stirling, believes that partners could make significant progress on delivering the shared public health priorities using behavioural science.

  • Public Health Scotland shadow chair recognised for strategic HR skills

    • 02 Dec 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Public Health Reform

    One of the central figures working to establish Public Health Scotland has been recognised for an outstanding contribution to strategic human resource development. Professor James McGoldrick, Shadow Chair of Public Health Scotland (and former Convenor of SSSC), was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSc), by Glasgow Caledonian University.

  • 16Days 'Violence Against Women and Girls' conference

    • 27 Nov 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Campbell Hart

    Recognising violence against women and girls as a public health issue as the focus of a special conference in Edinburgh. Taking place at the start of the 2019 #16Days of action campaign, partners from across Scotland came together to discuss changing the way we respond to issues to help communities thrive.

  • As the United Nations’ 16 days of activism to end violence against women gets underway, partners across Scotland are coming together to campaign for a fairer society. Katie Cosgrove, Programme Manager for Gender-based Violence at NHS Health Scotland, looks at the scale of the issue and some of the ways we can start to make a positive change...

  • Public health priority 3 - good mental wellbeing

    • 18 Nov 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Campbell Hart

    Everybody's right to good mental wellbeing is recognised in Scotland's shared public health priorities. In Midlothian, they've taken an early lead to extend partnerships to help meet local needs.

  • SIPHER Consortium launch

    • 15 Nov 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Campbell Hart

    Public health reform in Scotland is to reap the rewards of a UK-wide project seeking to address health challenges and drive down inequalities. The SIPHER Consortium project - led by the University of Sheffield - includes the Scottish Government, Sheffield City Council, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and seven university departments as partners.

  • Helping children flourish in their early years is central to public health priority 2. Find out about work in North Ayrshire to link-up childcare and employment using a whole system approach.

  • The impact of suicide on a community is deep and lasting and collective efforts to provide far-reaching support are currently being reviewed across the country. In Ayrshire, following a number of deaths, a new whole system approach is being taken, with a renewed focus on prevention. Lynne McNiven, Interim Director of Public Health at NHS Ayrshire & Arran, explains…

  • Using community feedback to help reshape public spaces to improve health is one way of delivering Scotland’s public health priorities. Third sector and academia are currently looking at maximising the impact of research through a mix of lived experience and available data. Professor Ruth Jepson of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) says projects like OurOutdoors can and do make a difference…

  • Communities as leaders in public health event

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Campbell Hart

    Creating a Scotland where everybody thrives goes to the heart of public health reform and giving communities a say will help to drive change across the country. Around forty people gathered at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in October 2019 to discuss the best ways of making sure the right people were involved at the right time.