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About the Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS)

The Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS) aims to keep public health professionals in Scotland up-to-date with national and local developments in public health information via bulletins, email updates and seminars. To join the network, please register with the ScotPHO website.

PHINS Seminars

This year's seminar took place on Friday 29th September 2017 in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Around 350 delegates attended.

You can view the morning's programme here: PHINS 2017 seminar programme (280Kb).

Below are links to pdf versions of all the presentations. Please note that a link to video footage of the talks will be available from this page soon.

New insights into health and health inequalities in Scotland

Diane Stockton (NHS Health Scotland) started the first session with a presentation entitled What is the Burden of Disease in Scotland, and what are the implications for policy and planning? (860Kb)

Sarah Curtis (Durham University and University of Edinburgh) then presented on Varying mental health in the population across Scotland during the recent recession: what do we know and what are the implications for public health policy? (700Kb)

Finally, John Reilly (University of Strathclyde) discussed Physical activity and obesity in children and adolescents: evidence, myths, and misconceptions. (2.5Mb)

Actions to address inequalities in Scotland

The second session began with Gerry McCartney (NHS Health Scotland) presenting on Reducing health inequalities: insights from theory and practice. (2.7Mb)

The second presentation was delivered by Jeff Collin (University of Edinburgh) under the title One unhealthy commodities industry? Implications for health policy in Scotland. (3Mb)

Finally, Kat Smith (also from the University of Edinburgh) presented on Lay understandings of health inequalities and potential policy responses - comparing data from a national survey and three citizens' juries. (2Mb)

For more information on any of these talks, please contact the presenter directly.

PHINS Local Developments in Public Health Information Bulletin

The annual PHINS seminar is a very popular event and updates on national developments in public health information are now included within the annual ScotPHO e-Newsletter. However, we are aware that there has been little sharing of information from a local perspective since the last PHINS Local Developments in Public Health Information bulletin several years ago. Feedback from a series of public health intelligence stakeholder events coordinated by ScotPHO during summer 2016, in response to the Scottish Government's Public Health Review, also highlighted demand for greater sharing of public health information from a local perspective.

To address this issue, we are pleased to re-establish the PHINS bulletin to allow members to share details of their own local projects and events. Please use the hyperlink below to view / download the latest PHINS bulletin published in April 2017. Many thanks to all our colleagues who submitted details of their work.

Page last updated: 02 October 2017

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