News from the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing

Read the updates and activities from members of the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing.

2021

Keynote speaker invitation at the Global Injury Prevention Showcase

Dr Puspa Raj Pant has been invited to be a Keynote Speaker at a Global Injury Prevention Showcase to be held online from 22 to 24 March 2021. Dr Pant will talk on "The importance of good data for awareness and national policy/programme development on injury prevention: Use the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data in Nepal." This Virtual Showcase is the pre-conference engagement of the 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (World Safety 2022) which is planned to be held in Adelaide, Australia. The event is organised by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr Pant is funded through the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Nepal Injury Research

Re-imagining Environments for Connection and Engagement project

Dr Richard Kimberlee is working in partnership with six EU universities and additional partners in the USA and Ecuador on a 5.1 million euro EU Horizons 2020 grant ('Re-imagining Environments for Connection and Engagement: Testing Actions for Social Prescribing in Natural Spaces'), April 2021-24. The project will invest in six green social prescribing initiatives in urban settings and develop community actions for improving urban health and wellbeing using social prescribing models .

Health Systems Research online symposium

Professor Julie Mytton and Professor Sunil Kumar Joshi (Kathmandu Medical College and UWE Bristol Visiting Professor) were invited to give a presentation on their study funded by the NIHR Health Systems and Policy Research Development Award scheme at the Health Systems Research online symposium on 14 January 2021. 

Child injury prevention booklet adopted as a Unicef parenting resource

Unicef Nepal has adapted a 'child injury prevention booklet,' developed by Research Fellow, Dr Puspa Raj Pant, for a parenting education website. Unicef Nepal promotes parenting education through the provision of online resource materials in the Nepali language. As part of his post-doctoral research in 2014, Dr Pant prepared the child injury prevention booklet for parents and carers while working with female community health volunteers in the Makwanpur district of Nepal. This research project was funded by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Dr Pant said, "I am delighted to have been spotted by the agency that drives change for children and young people, and that they have acknowledged my contribution by identifying and including the booklet as a useful resource for child injury prevention. I consider it as an impact of my work done in the past." View the adapted child injury prevention booklet (PDF)

Key staff appointments

Professor Julie Mytton has been appointed Visiting Professor at Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal.

Dr Richard Kimberlee has been appointed as a member of the Academic Partners Consortium of ten advisors to deliver the National Academy for Social Prescribing four pillars of social prescribing on green, physical activity, arts and culture and money and finance, from January 2021 to August 2021. 

2020

Celebrating 21 years of teaching and research

The Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing celebrated 21 years of the multidisciplinary MSc Public Health programme in an online event on 7 October 2020. Coupled with the launch of the Global Health theme within the Centre, the event was enjoyed by over 70 participants from around the world. Professor Jane Powell, Centre Director, introduced presenters, Tracey Daszkiewicz (Deputy Director of Population Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, formerly the Director of Public Health and Safety for Wiltshire), where in 2018 she played a leading role in the response to the Novichock poisonings; Professor Maggie Rae (President, Faculty of Public Health); Dr Nick de Viggiani (Programme Leader, MSc Public Health at UWE Bristol) and reflections from the international alumni over 21 years.

The Global Health theme was launched and presented by Theme Leader, Professor Julie Mytton, with presentations from the NIHR-funded Global Health Research Team and Professor Sunil Kumar Joshi, from the Nepal Injury Research Centre (Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal). Professor Jane Powell concluded the online event with celebrations alongside the UWE Bristol Public Health Programme Team. View the recording of this virtual celebration event (restricted access).

Postgraduate research funding success for our students

Two new students, Florence Neville and Rebecca Reece, have been successful in securing 3+1 postgraduate research funding from the Health and Wellbeing pathway of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership. Many thanks to Dr Stuart McClean who helped prepare the students for their interviews very successfully.

Semi-finalist in the Food System Vision Prize competition

In August 2020, Dr Matthew Jones, Janet Ige, Dr Sanda Ismail and a group of UWE Bristol MSc Public Health students originally from Nigeria reached the semi-finals of the Food System Vision Prize. This was a global competition initiated by the Rockefeller Foundation. It had over 1,300 entrants from 120 countries seeking to envision the food system in the year 2050. UWE Bristol collaborated with a group of agencies in Lagos (Nigeria) led by the Lagos Food Bank Initiative, to co-develop a vision for the city. Our focus was the impact of the information revolution and active citizenship on the city’s food system.

The project involved applying skills in systems thinking, future casting and community co-creation alongside a wide-ranging analysis of the changing food system. We are now part of a global research and practice network of food system visionaries convened by the Rockefeller Foundation. Read more about the Lagos Foodscape 2050.

The British Society of Gerontology 49th Annual Conference

British Society of Gerontology 49th annual conference was held online from 1 to 3 July 2020 with keynote speakers and flagship symposia. There were over 700 delegates from 23 countries. Thanks to organising committee led by Dr Gary Christopher, including Dr Matthew Jones, Emeritus Professor Robin Means, Dr Sanda Ismail, Sheila Mackintosh and Professor Jane Powell.

COPE-19 research

Dr Nick de Viggiani, working with Ruben Walsh, has been leading this research and knowledge exchange project examining Public and Environmental Health Students’ experiences of living and working during the COVID-19 pandemic. COPE-19 focuses on PH and EH students' personal and/or professional experiences of living in social isolation, under lockdown or of working in any “key worker” role. Students can choose whether to be an anonymous participant or to take part in a podcast for use on social media. For more details, contact Nick de Viggiani (nick.deviggiani@uwe.ac.uk) or Ruben Walsh (ruben.walsh@uwe.ac.uk). COPE-19 has been granted full UWE Bristol ethical approval.

'Apart but not alone’ - neighbour support and the COVID-19 lockdown

An online survey was created to identify neighbour support in Bristol and the West Country. Early findings are: Despite the lockdown restrictions, people are connecting with each other through a range of means, including leafleting their neighbours offering help, organising through social media at postcode level or simply by talking to their neighbours at a safe social distance. The majority of groups have been self-organising and much of this activity occurred before more formalised volunteering had been established through voluntary agencies, local authorities or the NHS. People are reaching out to a range of groups beyond those vulnerable to the virus - these include people living alone, people with mobility issues, those experiencing financial issues or who are living in a home with no outdoor space. There is emerging evidence that there is a greater need within these particular groups in areas of high social disadvantage. The project's research team comprised Dr Matthew Jones, Amy Beardmore, Michele Biddle, Dr Jo White, Dr Sanda Ismail, Dr Stuart McClean, Dr Andy Gibson and Abby Sabey.

General practice referral of ‘at risk’ populations to community leisure services: From article to animation

Dr Emma Bird, Michele Biddle and Professor Jane Powell won a competition to transform their peer-reviewed article into an animation. Their research presents the results of an evaluation of the impacts of primary care referral to ‘CLICK into Activity’, a 12-week community-based physical activity programme for inactive adults with (or at risk of) long-term conditions. The animation competition was funded by the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) and was set up to increase the visibility of research and ultimately lead to greater research impact and engagement. The animation can be viewed on Twitter or YouTube. Read the open-access peer-reviewed article.