Crieff Hydro Hotel - Making Scotland a Healthier Place

Crieff Hydro Hotel - Making Scotland a Healthier Place

Faculty of Public Health

Committee of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland

Anouncement of Conference and Call for Abstracts

Heads up for

Public Health



& Innovation


Thursday 8 & Friday 9 November 2012

Crieff Hydro Hotel

Announcement of Conference and Call for Abstracts

Heads up for Public Health

Inspiration, Integration & Innovation

Titles are always tricky to choose – they need a hook to catch the eye

in a forest of options, yet coherent enough to encompass the range of

interests to be attracted. This year’s conference has chosen ‘Heads up

for Public Health: Inspiration, Integration and Innovation’.

The term ‘Heads up’ has become a popular phrase. It can mean ‘get

me up to speed on an issue’ or in the world of communications to be

alert for intense media interest. Also, some people felt the term implied

‘holding your head high’ or ‘concentrate on what we are doing’. Like a

good poetic line, it engenders a range of meanings that I hope inspires

people to come to the Faculty Conference.

The Faculty Conference is a gathering of the community of public health

in Scotland in its widest sense, (and hopefully supplemented by many

others from beyond the border.) The conference provides the setting for

the public health community to share work and experiences and in that

way give or receive inspiration for our professional development over the

coming year.

The theme of integration is particularly topical. Within Scottish

public health, two reports will be published where current integrated

arrangements around Boards will be challenged; the ‘Health Protection

Stocktake’, set up by Scottish Government and the ‘New Ways of

Working’ report produced by the Scottish Public Health Network. Their

recommendations will no doubt stimulate reflection on the current

arrangements of public health delivery across the now accepted public

health domains.

Within the wider public sector, integration of health and social care is

the major issue confronting the organisations that underpin delivery of

public health services. At the time of the conference, implementation of

health and social care integration will be in full swing and it will be timely

to consider the implications for public health services in Scotland.

Public health functions in Scotland now look distinctly different from

other parts of the UK as a consequence of their reorganisations.

Public health services in Scotland have had a remarkably stable base

within health boards both territorial and national. This stability is looked

on enviously from elsewhere in the UK. However, while stability has

its advantages, it can induce stasis. No system can stand still. The

public health challenges from the health of the Scottish population

remain daunting and there is a constant need to research and innovate

new and effective ways of delivering public health interventions and

programmes. An oft’ used quote (taken from the Italian novel about

political upheaval in the mid 19th century) ‘if you want things to stay

the same, then you must change’* has a resonance for the Scottish

Public Health community. The conference thus offers an opportunity to

have our heads up for innovation, alert to the changes of integration and

hope we will be inspired to face the challenges of the coming year.

Edward Coyle

Chair of Conference Steering Committee

*Guiseppe di Lampedusa. The Leopard.

Conference registration

Further information regarding registration

and accommodation costs will be available

in the conference registration brochure

which will be circulated in July/August.

Please note that acceptance of an abstract

or shorter presentation application does

not provide a free place at the conference.

All abstract presenters, including those

selected to make oral presentations, are

required to register in the usual way.

A limited number of reduced fee places will

be available for delegates unable to secure

full funding to attend the conference.

Conference organisation

This year’s annual Scottish Public Health

Conference is being organised by the

Faculty of Public Health in partnership

with the South of Scotland NHS Boards

and comprises the following planning

group members:

Eddie Coyle, NHS Fife (Chair)

Emilia Crighton, Faculty of Public Health

Karen Tidy, Faculty of Public Health

Tim Patterson, NHS Borders

Sue Payne, NHS Lothian

Julie Cavanagh, NHS Tayside

Phil Mackie, ScotPHN

Cheryl Goff, SHSCEvents

Richard Snowden, SHSCEvents

Liz Nightingale, Faculty of Public Health

Peter Donnelly, University of St Andrews

Thilo Croll, University of Dundee

Harry Campbell, University of Edinburgh

Further information/queries

If you experience any difficulty in

submitting abstracts or require further

information please contact:


NHS National Services Scotland

Scottish Health Service Centre

Crewe Road South

Edinburgh EH4 2LF

Tel: 0131 275 7748

Fax: 0131 623 2525


Sponsorship opportunities

If your organisation would be interested in

exhibiting or supporting the conference please

contact SHSCEvents for further details.

Announcement of Conference and Call for Abstracts

Submission of abstracts

Within and beyond the conference theme the conference

organisers particularly welcome abstracts from all specialists,

practitioners and researchers demonstrating effective public

health around the themes shown below. However, abstracts on

new and existing work on any aspect of public health will also

be very welcome:

• Health Protection

• Public Health Screening

• Health Improvement

• Public Health Development through Public

Health Innovation

• Arts, Design & Public Health

• Public Health at the Boundaries

Deadline for receipt of abstracts

Monday 25 June 2012

Guidance for submission of abstracts

Abstracts that do not adhere to the guidelines outlined on the

abstract submission site, or are received after the closing date

will not be considered.

All abstracts should be submitted online by going to and following the links to the

abstract submission site. Abstracts must adhere to the

guidelines that can be found there.

Those who submit abstracts for presentation at the conference

will also have the option of putting their work forward for the

Elizabeth Russell prize. The criteria for this prize can be viewed on

the conference website.

Abstracts will be acknowledged on receipt (by email) and authors

will receive notification of the selection committee’s decision week

commencing 23 July 2012.

Oral presentations will be allocated 15 minutes followed by

discussion time.

Poster presenters will have the opportunity to present

their posters over the two-day period during the lunch and

refreshment breaks.

Submission of shorter presentation


As an innovation, shorter presentations of 5 minutes have

been introduced at previous conferences. These have proved

successful and so will be included again this year. They should

focus on the main themes of the conference.

This approach is included to enable ideas, issues, thoughts,

or work in progress to be raised to allow the audience to think,

reflect upon and add to in small open fora. In this way we

hope to encourage even more active participation and support

networking of people and ideas to link and merge from dialogues.

These presentations must be no longer than FIVE minutes in

total and should seek merely to put forward the idea, linked

to one of the main themes of the conference as outlined on

the previous page. Agreed presentations will be aggregated

around the identified theme and the session will offer

sufficient presentations to encourage dialogue across and

within presentations.

There will be a chair/facilitator to encourage such interlinkings.

Deadline for receipt of shorter presentation

applications Monday 25 June 2012

Guidance for submission of shorter presentation


Submissions for shorter presentations will only require

the title of the idea and the theme identified, not the submission

of a full abstract.

Submissions should include the following: title of the

idea, the theme identified and your contact details

including current email address.

Please email applications for shorter presentations to:

Please do not submit these via the online abstract

submission site.

Shorter presentation applications will be acknowledged

on receipt (by email) and authors will receive notification

of the selection committee’s decision week commencing

23rd July 2012.

Shorter presentation applications that do not adhere to the

guidelines outlined above, or are received after the closing date,

will not be considered.

Please note that shorter presentation sessions will only occur if

there is sufficient interest.

This year’s conference will be held at the Crieff Hydro Hotel

Faculty of Public Health

Committee of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland


The conference organising group appreciate the contributions from the Faculty of Public Health, NHS Health

Scotland, NHS Lothian, NHS Borders, NHS Fife, NHS Tayside, SCOTPHN, University of Edinburgh, University

of St Andrews, University of Dundee and The Scottish Government.

NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary,

community-based and acute hospital services for the populations

of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian. It has

the second largest residential population in Scotland - circa

800,000 people. It employs nearly 28,000 staff, including

approximately 15,000 nurses and midwives and around 2,700

medical staff. The region, which covers some 700 square miles,

has long been recognised as having an outstanding natural

beauty, complemented by a culture that is as cosmopolitan as

it is inspiring. Lothian NHS Board is responsible for investing

approximately £1 billion a year in health care services. Its main

role is to protect and improve the health of the people of Lothian

and plan services for the local population.

The Region of Fife is bounded in the north by the Firth of Tay, in the

east by the North Sea and in the South by the Firth of Forth. The

Region spans an area of 130,700 hectares and has a population

of over 360,000. There is a highly developed agricultural sector in

the east and north-east Fife, and in the west there is an extensive

cross section of highly skilled and scientifically orientated industry.

The largest towns are Dunfermline , Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes. St

Andrews is the seat of Scotland’s oldest university.

The University of Edinburgh currently hosts around 30,000

students who study across humanities and social science,

science and engineering and medicine and veterinary medicine.

The University attracts the greatest minds from across the globe,

reflecting its position as one of the world¹s leading universities.

Since it’s foundation more than 400 years ago, our people and

their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve

explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining

books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and

introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas

from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. They have believed that anything

is possible. Our experts continue in that tradition, consistently

striving to uncover the unknown, transforming science fiction into

fact, and unveiling new possibilities for future generations.

NHS Borders provides primary care, community services and

acute hospital care (in the Borders General Hospital) to a widely

dispersed population of 111,430 across an area of 1831 square

miles. Two-thirds of the population live outside settlements

of 10,000 people, compared to 28% for Scotland. Hawick,

Galashiels, Peebles, Kelso and Selkirk are the largest towns with a

population of over five thousand. Sheep outnumber humans by 10

to 1, so agriculture is still an important part of the local economy.

The once dominant textile industry is now much smaller, however

local business has diversified of late, although Scottish Borders is

still a low wage economy. The area has a rich historical tradition

from the Borders Reiver days and contains a great variety of

beautiful countryside, which stretches from the North Sea coast

at Eyemouth to the Tweedsmuir Hills close, to the borders with

Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway.

Situated in the east of Scotland, Tayside has a population of

around 394,000. The area is a mix of both urban and rural settings

and comprises Dundee city, Angus and Perth and Kinross. NHS

Tayside’s vision is to provide the highest quality care in the best

environment, to reduce health inequalities and to improve and

protect population-health. We strive to continually improve and

do this with the commitment of our 14,000 staff, our Community

Planning Partners, our service users and the public.

Founded in the fifteenth century, St Andrews is Scotland’s first

university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Teaching

began in the community of St Andrews in 1410 and the University was

formally constituted by the issue of Papal Bull in 1413. The University

is now one of Europe’s most research intensive seats of learning - over

a quarter of its turnover comes from research grants and contracts.

It is one of the top rated universities in Europe for research, teaching

quality and student satisfaction and is consistently ranked among the

UK’s top five in leading independent league tables produced by The

Times, The Guardian and the Sunday Times.

The University of Dundee has a long history dating back to 1881

when University College, Dundee was founded in association

with the University of St Andrews, gaining independent university

status in 1967. The University has consistently provided pure

and applied research and teaching at international levels of

excellence, particularly in health and medicine, and is currently

ranked 140 among the world’s top 200 universities in the Times

Higher Education World University Rankings. The University is

also in the top ten UK Universities for teaching and learning in the

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey of 2010. Over

half of the University’s research is achieving ‘world leading’ or

‘internationally excellent’ standards according to the most recent

Research Assessment Exercise. The Universities reputation is

built upon this strive for excellence and in 2010 became the first

approved Cancer Research UK Centre in Scotland. With major

training and research centres in clinical medicine, population and

public health, nursing and dentistry, the teaching and research in

health related areas is the major contributor to the Universities

current standing. The university also has a reputation for its

collaborative approach to research with initiatives such as the

Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI) in St Andrews, which

provides a vehicle for innovative and cross disciplinary research.

The Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN) was created in 2006

as a collaborative network which would add value to the work of

Public Health Directorates and agencies across Scotland.

Its formal remit is to:

• undertake prioritised national pieces of work where there is a

clearly identified need;

• facilitate information exchange between public health

practitioners, link with other networks and

share learning;

• create effective communication amongst professionals and the

public to allow efficient co-ordination

of public health activity and

• support and enhance the capabilities and functionality of the

Scottish Directors of Public Health Group.

Most recently, the first element of ScotPHN’s remit, that of

undertaking nationally prioritised projects, has been extended

to ensure any issues identified as nationally important by NHS

Boards, Scottish Government and the National Planning Forum

are undertaken and that these national public health priorities are

undertaken in a co-ordinated manner across Scotland.

ScotPHN is hosted by NHS Health Scotland and is accountable to

the Scottish Directors of Public Health collectively.

NHS National Services Scotland

Scottish Health Service Centre

Crewe Road South

Edinburgh EH4 2LF

Tel: 0131 275 7748

Fax: 0131 623 2525


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