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Public Health Advocacy in Scotland

29th April 2019, 12:00am - 12:00am , Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

The Committee of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland is running a study day on Public Health Advocacy. The study day is free for members of the Faculty of Public Health. There is a cost of £50 (plus vat and charges) for non-members, which is the equivalent of the cost of associate membership. If you join as an associate, this cost will be waived and you will be able to access the benefits of associate membership.

Confirmed speakers include Prof. Kat Smith, Professor of Public Health Policy & Director of Research, University of Edinburgh and Prof. Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling.

Aim: to increase the participants’ knowledge, skills and understanding with regard to political advocacy in Scotland, in order to contribute to the advocacy work of the Faculty of Public Health.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the day participants should be able to

  • Describe the structure of the Scottish Parliament – what it does, and how it works
  • Explain the evidence base underpinning Public Health Advocacy
  • Apply theories of advocacy in practice
  • Describe the structures of the Scottish Government and have an increased awareness and understanding of health policy, what it is and how it works
  • Reflect on the experiences of Public Health Advocacy in Practice
  • Compare and contrast theory and practice of public health advocacy
  • Create and explore ways to advocate for FPH priorities in Scotland

Please make us aware of any requirements you may have around matters of diet, communication support, faith, access, physical mobility or any other area so we can make appropriate arrangements for you to attend this event.



Arrival, Tea & Coffee


Introduction & Housekeeping
Rebecca Campbell, Co-chair of CFPHS Advocacy Subgroup


Perceptions of ‘public health advocacy’ and the role of public health research
Kat Smith, Professor of Public Health Policy, University of Edinburgh


Five ways to respond to the limits of 'evidence based policy making'?
Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling


The workings of the Parliament and Government in Scotland & opportunities for advocacy
Elspeth Molony, Organisational Lead for Policy and Outcomes, Health Scotland




Public Health Advocacy in Practice – as Public Health Specialist
Lesley Graham, Public Health Specialist, NSS and SHAAP


Public Health Advocacy in Practice – Third Sector perspectives
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive, ASH Scotland


Speed Presentations

  • Improve health for future generations: Tamasin Knight, CPHM, NHS Tayside

  • Integrated public transport & active travel: Rebecca Campbell, CFPHS Advocacy Subgroup

  • Health in All Policies: Julie Cavanagh, Convener of FPHS/CPHM, NHS Tayside




Introduction to the afternoon task


Public Health Advocacy, workshop: how will we deliver our priorities in Scotland? 


End of day & evaluation


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