IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum
  • Room 101, Rolle Building, University of Plymouth

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The IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum was set up to facilitate closer links between those from across Plymouth, who are engaged in public health. 

It is a resource for anyone in Plymouth (and beyond) to use to support the development and evaluation of public health in Plymouth. 

There will be two events each year: in February and September. The aim of these events is to promote developments in Public Health, to facilitate networking and a focus on Plymouth to help us drive public health research forward.

If you are interested in attending today's free event, please register your place via the above link.


Arrival and refreshments from 13:30, start time 14:00

14:00 - Welcome (Jill Shawe and Elizabeth Kay)

14:05 - Scene setting (Rob Nelder)

14:10 - "Five year forward view eyes" (Gary Minto)

This session will present the intended direction of travel with research at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust over the next five years looking beyond clinical trials and niche specialty academic studies.

14:20 - Development of a health research and innovation cluster in Plymouth and the South West (Tom Nicholson)

In early 2018, a two-phased research study was commissioned by the University of Plymouth, working in partnership with Plymouth Science Park and Plymouth City Council, to explore the potential for developing and positioning Plymouth and the surrounding region as a cluster and/or centre of excellence within the national health-medicine research and innovation landscape. This talk will provide an overview of this study, its findings and recommendations and the potential benefits of developing of a health research and innovation cluster to public health within the region.

14:30 - Thrive Plymouth update (Public Health Team)

14:40 - Refreshments and comfort break

15:00 - New Home – New You (Steve Ford and Adam Stockman)

Social housing provider Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) is offering new residents the chance to decide whether there is anything they would like to improve in their overall wellbeing and if so, receive support to achieve it. Housing Officers have been trained to talk through wellbeing issues and will carry out two short questionnaires about the resident’s current wellbeing. This session will describe the development of the ‘New Home – New You’ project, outlining the challenges and opportunities as well as outlining the protocols and data collection methods.

15:30 - Plymouth suicide audit (Moira Maconachie)

A discussion of the local suicide audit process in Plymouth and a presentation of the findings from the recent audit of deaths by suicide (registered in 2014, 2015 and 2016). This recent audit provides information on contact with local health and wellbeing-related services in the city in the 12 months prior to death. A description of the scope of the audit process will also be discussed.

16:00 - Concluding remarks (Jill Shawe and Elizabeth Kay)

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