The School’s inaugural Annual Scientific Meeting was held on 10th October 2012 in Sheffield. The event brought together over 60 academic researchers from the School’s member institutions with invited guests from across the public health system.
SPHR Director, Professor Jon Nicholl of the University of Sheffield provided an overview of the School’s strategy and research programmes. Delegates were then given the opportunity to learn more about 12 research projects currently underway and the School-wide research themes being developed by members.
Guest speakers included Professor Lindsey Davies, President of the UK Faculty of Public Health and Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England.
The afternoon session included an introduction to the School’s Public Health Practice Evaluation Programme – a scheme designed to respond to requests for evaluation support from local practitioners that will be launched in the new year. There was a lively panel discussion on what evidence is needed by public health practice, led by the School’s Deputy Director, Professor Jennie Popay (LiLaC – Lancaster University). Panel members included Dominic Harrison, Joint Director of Public Health in Blackburn with Darwen and John Hume, Chief Executive of The People’s Health Trust.
Speaking at the event, Professor Nicholl said, “The NIHR School for Public Health Research is committed to improving the robustness of evidence to support public health practitioners. I am delighted that the School’s inaugural Annual Scientific Meeting has been so well attended and enabled members to develop closer links with our partners in public health practice and to showcase the innovative research already underway.”