Health Challenge Wales Seminar Series

PHIRN, in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government, runs a free quarterly seminar series. The Health Challenge Wales: Evidence for Policy seminar series aims to make a major contribution to both maximising the relevance of research for policy and facilitating evidence-based policy for health improvement, by bringing together key academics, practitioners and policy makers.

Seminar 24 – ‘The School Health Research Network – achievements and future plans’
19th March 2015, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

The School Health Research Network brings together secondary schools in Wales, researchers and other organisations that support young people’s health. The aim of the Network is to improve the health and wellbeing of young people by increasing the quality, quantity and relevance of school-based health improvement research in Wales. Initial recruitment resulted in nearly seventy secondary schools from across Wales becoming members. The Network has been set up with funding from the Medical Research Council and is managed by staff at DECIPHer, Cardiff University. They are joined in the network by the following partners: Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, Cancer Research UK, Cardiff University Community Engagement and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Presentations from the day can be found below along with a copy of the seminar programme. For Joan Roberts/Dr Gillian Hewitt and Prof Liz Waters’ presentations please email PHIRN@cardiff.ac.uk

Seminar programme

A school perspective on the effective use of the Health Research Network. Heather Cooper

What is next for WNHSS strengthening the role for research in practice. Dr Julie Bishop

Seminar 23 – ‘Peer Support for Breastfeeding – What next?’
6th November, Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University

The seminar was jointly convened by DECIPHer and by Public Health Wales. The aim was to generate new thinking on breastfeeding peer support to inform the direction of the Welsh breastfeeding programme.

During the event the following points were considered and discussed:

  • The policy challenges and how breastfeeding peer support fits within an infant feeding policy framework
  • What we understand about how breastfeeding peer support works
  • Who peers are, what they do, and how they can be best supported to do it
  • What women who live in areas with low breastfeeding rates tell us they think might help
  • What we can learn from peer support interventions designed to tackle other health issues
  • Which interventions we should evaluate in areas with low breastfeeding rates

Attendees were invited to participate in recorded research discussions on the day.

Presentations from the day can be found below along with a copy of the seminar programme.

Seminar programme

Infant feeding and public health: the challenge for Wales, Dr Julie Bishop (Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Wales)

Peer support & breastfeeding: how do we know what works, where, why and for whom, Heather Trickey (DECIPHer, PhD Student)

Peer support and public health: Lessons from ASSIST smoking prevention and other stories, Professor Laurence Moore (Glasgow University)

Assets based thinking and the role of family and informal support, Professor Pat Hoddinott (Stirling University)

Supporting the supporter and the place of supervision, Dr Mary Whitmore, Blackpool & North Lancashire

Mothers voices and experiences, Dr Sarah Cork (Brilliant Futures)

Seminar 22 – ‘Tackling Workplace Sedentary Behaviour’
18 September 2014, University of South Wales, Pontypridd

The purpose of this seminar was to discuss the issue of sedentary behaviour in the workplace. The seminar considered evidence that demonstrates links between sedentary behaviour and health; the business case for reducing workplace sedentary behaviour; measurement of sedentary behaviour; and best practice examples in designing and evaluating workplace health programmes to reduce sedentary behaviour.

The event was chaired by Simon Williams and speakers were: Dr Stacy Clemes (Senior lecturer, Loughborough University), Sue Wing (Principal Public Health Practitioner, Public Health Wales), Emma Adams (Senior Research Associate, Loughborough University), Dr Gemma Ryde, (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Stirling), Dr Lee Smith (Research Associate, University College London).

The full programme can be downloaded here

Information on speakers can be downloaded here

Slides from speakers’ presentations are below:

‘Epidemiology of sedentary behaviour in office workers’ – Stacy Clemes, Loughborough University

‘Healthy Working Wales’ – Sue Wing, Public Health Wales

‘Development and evaluation of workplace health promotion programmes’ – Emma Adams, Loughborough University

‘Conducting physical activity and sedentary behaviour research in the workplace’ – Gemma Ryde, University of Stirling

‘The Active Buildings research project’ – Lee Smith, University College London

This event attracted significant media coverage and the BBC story can be seen here

If you would like to discuss any points following this event then please contact the event organiser Jemma Hawkins – HawkinsJ10@cardiff.ac.uk 

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L-R: Dr. Stacy Clemes, Sue Wing, Dr. Gemma Ryde, Dr. Lee Smith, Emma Adams

Seminar 21 – ‘Improving the emotional wellbeing & mental health of Looked After Children (LAC)’
29th January 2014, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

This seminar reviewed and discussed ways to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of looked after children (LAC) and young people leaving care (YPLC) in Wales. The focus of the seminar was on: promoting discussion between policy makers, practitioners and researchers across the public, voluntary and private sectors; facilitating networking; generating new ideas for improving outcomes for the LAC population; and establishing opportunities for new research collaborations.

The event was chaired by Dr. Heather Payne (Cardiff University), and speakers were: Alistair Davey (Social Services and Integration Directorate, Welsh Government); Dr Paul Rees (Swansea University); Dr. Liz Andrew (Action for Children/Aneurin Bevan Health Board); and Dr Sally Holland (Cardiff University).

The full programme can be downloaded here.

Information on speakers can be downloaded here.

Slides or notes from speakers’ presentations are below:

‘Emotional wellbeing and mental health of LAC and YPLC: the Welsh policy context’ – Alistair Davey, Deputy Director, Delivering Policy for Children and Adults, Social Services and Integration Directorate, Welsh Government

‘Looked after children: perceptions, performance and positive exceptions’ –
Dr. Paul Rees, Associate Professor, Centre for Children & Young People, Swansea University

‘Therapeutic intervention for young people leaving care’ – Dr. Liz Andrew, Clinical Psychologist, Action for Children and Aneurin Bevan Health Board

‘Evidence-based interventions to improve looked after children’s wellbeing and outcomes’ – Dr. Sally Holland, Reader in Social Work, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Seminar 20 – ‘Developing a Healthy Universities network in Wales: Challenges and opportunities

19 March 2013 The most recent seminar in the series took place on 19 March at Cardiff University, and focused on universities as a setting for health improvement. A blog on the seminar is available here, and slides from the presentations are available below: Welcome and introduction by Chris Roberts, Knowledge and Analytical Services, Welsh GovernmentCurrent policy and plans in Wales‘ – Sue Bowker, Health Improvement Division, Welsh Government ‘University perspectives, challenges and opportunities‘ – Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University ‘Experiences in England, lessons learnt‘ – Dr Mark Dooris, Healthy Settings Unit, University of Central Lancashire ‘Developing and evaluating interventions in a university setting: a pilot study of alcohol policy and social norms in four Welsh universities‘ – Dr Graham Moore, DECIPHer, Cardiff University

Seminar 19 – ‘Developing the use of research evidence through policy trials – innovation in Wales

7 November 2012 Welcome and introduction by Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Cardiff University Violence and Society Research Group ‘Developing evidence-based policy in Wales’ – Mrs. Edwina Hart MBE AM, Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Public health improvement policy; evidence-based or evidence-informed?‘ – Chris Tudor-Smith, Head of Health Improvement, Welsh Government. Challenges in developing rigorous policy evidence‘ – Professor Mark Petticrew, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine A public health research network in Wales; History and progress‘ – Professor Laurence Moore, Director of DECIPHer, and Chris Roberts, Knowledge and Analytical Services, Welsh Government. Three parallel sessions on developing, facilitating and utilising policy trials: 1. Dr. Jeremy Segrott. DECIPHer: Strengthening Families Programme. 2. Dr. Simon Murphy, DECIPHer, and Chris Roberts: National Exercise Referral Scheme. 3. Professor Laurence Moore and Janine Hale: Primary Schools Free Breakfasts Initiative.

Seminar 18 – ‘Smoking and pregnancy: future directions for policy, practice and research’

26 June 2012 Smoking in pregnancy: Policy context‘ – Chris Roberts, Knowledge and Analytical Services, Welsh Government Using nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation in pregnancy‘ – Professor Tim Coleman, UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, Nottingham University ‘Longitudinal analysis of the effects of prenatal exposure to maternal cigarette smoking on child behavioural outcomes in the Millennium Cohort Study’ – Laura Vanderbloemen, York University Smoking in pregnancy – Impact, challenges and opportunities‘ – Siobhan Jones, Public Health Wales Incentives for smoking cessation in pregnancy – are they the way forward? – Heather Morgan, Aberdeen University

Seminar 17 – ‘Child risk and parental resistance: Exploring motivational interviewing in child welfare and protection work’

27 September 2011 Reflections on motivational interviewing‘ – Professor William R. Miller, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico MotivationaI interviewing, family welfare and child protection‘ – Professor Stephen Rollnick, Professor of Health Care Communication, Cardiff University Using motivational interviewing to improve social workers’ engagement of fathers in child protection‘ – Professor Jonathan Scourfield, Cardiff University ‘How should social workers talk to parents?’ – Professor Donald Forrester and Tilda Goldberg Centre, University of Bedfordshire Motivational interviewing and family interventions: A model of service delivery and workforce training in Wales‘ – Amanda Bremble and IFSS pioneers

Seminar 16 – ‘Are early years interventions effective? Reflections on policy trials in England and Wales’

18 July 2011  ‘Policy, evidence and the Family Nurse Partnership programme’ – Dr. Mike Robling, South East Wales Trials Unit, Cardiff University ‘Evaluating the Family Nurse Partnership programme in England: A randomised controlled trial’ – Dr. Mike Robling, South East Wales Trials Unit, Cardiff University Flying Start: the Welsh Government’s flagship early years programme‘ – Antonia Bridges, Welsh Government Supporting families with Incredible Years programmes‘ – Dr. Tracey Bywater, University of York Beyond dissemination? Understanding schools’ experiences and expectations at the end of the research process‘ – Dr. Jeremy Segrott and Heather Rothwell, DECIPHer

Seminar 15 – ‘Increasing the volume, quality, relevance and impact of policy evaluation research’

10 March 2011Free school breakfasts and exercise referral schemes: Evaluation of natural policy experiments’ – Dr. Simon Murphy and Chris Roberts  ‘Evaluating the effectiveness of a handwashing intervention in reducing infection-related absence amongst staff and pupils in primary schools’ – Professor Rona Campbell, Co-director of DECIPHer ‘The potential of the SAIL system to support policy relevant research’ – Professor Ronan Lyons, Co-director of DECIPHer ‘Evaluation of policy in the context of suicide prevention research’ – Professor David Gunnell, University of Bristol Strengthening Families Programme Professor Laurence Moore, Director of DECIPHer

Seminar 14 – ‘Tackling alcohol misuse and violence in the night time economy: challenges and potential solutions’

14 December 2010 Introduction – Owen Davies, Community Safety Division, Welsh Government ‘Measures of harm and intervention effectiveness from a premises-level exploratory trial’ – Dr. Simon Moore, Cardiff University  Stakeholder perspectives on alcohol misuse and disorder in the night time economy‘ – Ellie Byrne, DECIPHer Controlling alcohol-related violence in the night-time economy: Insights from regulation theory‘ – Adam Edwards, Cardiff University National policy context‘ – Crispin Acton, Department of Health

Seminar 13 – Promoting emotional and mental well-being in schools in Wales

10 May 2010 The education sector’s involvement in promoting emotional wellbeing– Graham Davies, Pupil Engagement Team, Welsh Government Quality of life and wellbeing in adolescence: The influence of schools– Dr. Fiona Gillison, University of Bath The potential of schools to support teenagers’ emotional health‘ – Dr. Judi Kidger, University of Bristol Inspecting wellbeing – Sue Halliwell, ESTYN

Seminar 12 – Young people’s sexual health: future strategies and interventions

23 November 2009 Introduction – Chris Roberts, Welsh Government  Strategy for promoting sexual health and wellbeing in Wales‘ – Suzanne McKeown, Health Improvement Division, Welsh Government Sexual health and young people in Cardiff : A public health approach‘ – Eryl Powell and Cheryl Joscelyne, Cardiff Local Public Health Team, NPHS Developing sexual health outreach services in schools‘ – Anne Colquhoun, 4YP Bristol Sexual behaviour in young people‘ – Makeda Gerressu, UCL

Seminar 11 – ‘Evaluating the impact of the ban on smoking in enclosed public places in Wales: findings and future directions’

6 July 2009 Introduction – Chris Tudor Smith, Welsh Government Effect of the smoking ban on air quality in pubs‘ – Julie Barratt, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health  Changes in Child Exposure to Envirnmental Tobacco Smoke Wales (CHETS)‘ – Dr. Jo Holliday and Dr. Graham Moore, DECIPHer Evaluation of the smoke-free legislation in Wales‘ – Odette Parry, Glyndwr University Emerging Findings from the evaluation of Smokefree England‘ – Linda Bauld, Tobacco Network

Seminar Ten – ‘The impact of the built environment on health’

27 March 2009 Food and physical activity and the built environment – a Welsh Assembly perspective‘ – Elaine McNish, Welsh Government   Evidence linking physical activity to the built environment‘  – Dr. Sarah Rodgers, Swansea University Supporting the implementation of a healthy urban planning approach at a local level: progress and challenges Dr. Stephen Monaghan and Susan Toner 

Seminar Nine – ‘The challenge of adolescent smoking: Research, policy and practice’

15 December 2008 Policy context and development in adolescent smoking prevention and cessation‘ – Sue Bowker and Chris Tudor Smith, Health Improvement Division, Welsh Government The Ffaith programme and implications for policy and practice‘ – Daniel Clayton, ASH Wales Building on ASSIST: the potential of informal peer led approaches to smoking prevention and cessationProfessor Laurence Moore, Director of DECIPHer Priorities for adolescent smoking prevention and cessation research and practice‘- Professor Amanda Amos, University of Edinburch/UKCTCS

Seminar Eight – ‘The school environment and health improvement’

19 September 2008 School Health Promotion: Setting the Scene‘ – Chris Roberts, Publich Health Strategy Division WG. Rethinking health promotion in schools: Lessons from the Gatehouse Project‘ – Dr. Lyndal Bond, Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, MRC Experiences and preliminary findings from a feasibility study of an intervention to promote inclusive school social environment and reduce substance use‘ – Dr. Chris Bonell, Institute of Education Review of the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools schemes‘ – Dr. Michael Shepherd and Heather Rothwell, CISHE 

Seminar Seven – ‘The social determinants of child health: Directions for research and policy’

2 April 2008 A systematic review of social determinants of child health‘ – Dr. Alison Weightman, CISHE Socio-economic adversity, family processes, and child development. Evidence from three British Birth Cohorts‘ – Professor Ingrid Schoon, Institute of Education Social determinates of child health and policy development‘ – Dr. Michael Shepherd, CISHE

Seminar Six – ‘Communities as resources for health improvement: assets-based approaches to research, policy and practice’

22 October 2007Revitalising the public health evidence base: An asset model‘ – Antony Morgan, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Social cohesion, area income deprivation and common mental disorder‘ – Professor David Fone, Cardiff University Measuring health at community level – complexity and entanglement‘ – Barbara Castle, Welsh Government

Seminar Five – ‘Physical activity and the importance of environment and context’

7 February 2007  Challenging current practice in physical activity promotion‘ – Len Almond, BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health,  Outdoor design issues and challenges for promoting youth’s physical activity‘- Professor Lamine Mahdjoubi, University of the West of England, Bristol Children’s activity: Travel to school and the environment‘ – Dr. Ashley Cooper, University of Bristol

Seminar Four – ‘Tackling alcohol misuse: Setting the scene for research priorities’

5 December 2006 Binge Britain: Prevention in context: Recent trends and current Policies‘ – Professor Martin Plant, University of the West of England Evaluating drug and alcohol misuse prevention: Moving from evidence of efficacy to issues of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit‘ – Professor David Foxcroft, University of the West of England Preventing alcohol-related violence‘ – Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Cardiff University

Seminar Three – ‘Tackling obesity: The importance of the food environment’

3 October 2006 Introduction – Dr. Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer for Wales;  Reshaping the environment – The battle for the 9pm watershed Public health advocacy versus commercial intransigence‘ – Tim Marsh;  Can improving the local food environment reduce obesity Evidence and research priorities from the UK and USA‘ – Steven Cummings; Action and health improvement the case of community food co-ops in Wales‘ – Eva Elliott 

Seminar Two – Launch of the Public Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN) – Info and agenda S2

16 February 2006 Presentations unavailable

Seminar One – ‘Concepts and contexts’ – Info and agenda S1

13 October 2005 Presentations unavailable