SPHSC

Seven researchers from PenTAG and more from the Child Health group at the University of Exeter attended the conference and presented their work

 

Undeterred by the floods PenTAG researchers make a splash at the SW Public Health Science Conference

17 February, 2014

Attendance at the South West Public Health Science Conference 2014 in Weston-Super-Mare was high, despite the onslaught of poor weather that had disrupted so many homes, roads and railways in the region.

The conference was hosted by Health Education South West in collaboration with DECIPHer (Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health) with an aim to showcase both service and university based public health research and evaluation from across the South West region. Research was presented across 24 parallel sessions, 35 posters and four plenary sessions. Presenters represented a wide range of organisations from Public Health England, local councils (BaNES, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, Swindon Borough, Bristol City and Dorset County), local universities (Exeter, Bristol, UWE and Bath) and Speciality Registrars.

Seven researchers from PenTAG and more from the Child Health group at the University of Exeter attended the conference and presented their work,  including four parallel sessions: Dr Jo Thompson Coon (EST PenCLAHRC): Interventions to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medications to people with dementia living in residential care: a systematic review, Dr Rebecca Abbott (EST PenCLAHRC): Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in vascular disease: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials Dr Tracey Jones-Hughes (PenTAG): The effectiveness of interventions to reduce arsenic contamination of groundwater in developing countries: a systematic review, and Dr Jenny Lloyd (Child Health): The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP); evidence of feasibility, acceptability and proof of concept in affecting children’s weight status. There were also several poster presentations from University of Exeter researchers.

The plenary sessions tackled more nationally relevant topics and were the subjects of much tweeting by attendees #SWPHSC14. All in all, it was a great (and free!) conference to present and discuss research as well as network with relevant, academic, clinical and other public health service stakeholders. Looking forward to the SWPHSC 2015 already!