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Public Policy and Health

Previous Events

CPPH Guest Lecture - Evaluating Population Health and Health Policy: A counterfactual approach to natural experiments by Dr Vittal Katikireddi

Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 1.00pm - 2.30pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Over much of the last two decades, health research has been dominated by randomised controlled trials (RCTs). However, many interventions which target the social determinants of health are often difficult or even impossible to randomise, for political, ethical and pragmatic reasons. Critics have therefore expressed concern that privileging the RCT as the study design of choice may mean that the social determinants of health are side-lined within research.

In contrast to the control researchers exert over the receipt of the exposure (treatment versus control), natural experiment studies try to gain causal understanding from variation in the exposure that has not been controlled by the researcher. This may provide both understanding of causal mechanisms, as well as allowing specific policy or practice changes to be evaluated. The MRC’s guidance on natural experiments has prompted increased interest in this approach, but understanding of the benefits and limitations remains limited.

This talk introduced a counterfactual way of thinking about natural experiments, described the range of methods to evaluating natural policy experiments and discussed the strengths and weaknesses of this perspective. The natural experiment approach was illustrated by drawing on a range of examples, including evaluations of welfare reforms (such as lone parent obligations and reductions to pension credits), changes to the English NHS (the Health & Social Care Act) and the planned evaluation of minimum unit pricing of alcohol. A debate about the role of different evaluation perspectives (such as realist or complex systems) was welcomed.

To view the presentation slides shown at this event click here.

CPPH Lecture: The Art and Science of Non-Evaluation Evaluation by Lorelei Jones and Justin Waring

Friday 17th March 2017, 1.00pm - 2.30pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

There is growing recognition of the limitations of realist evaluation, and other theory driven approaches, in research on healthcare policies. These approaches, which seek to surface ‘programme theories’ or construct ‘logic models’ for healthcare policies, are often unable to account for empirical observations of policy implementation in real-world contexts.

In this paper we argue that this failure stems from insufficient theoretical elaboration of the social, cultural, and political dimensions of healthcare policies. Drawing from institutional theory, critical theory and discourse theory, and from organizational ethnography, we set out an alternative approach to research on healthcare reform. We illustrate with examples from our own experience of research on acute care reconfiguration, integrated health and social care and other forms of major system change.

CPPH Guest Lecture: The Medical Guild and Evolving Challenges of Healthcare Delivery by Mary Jane Kornacki and Jack Silversin

Wednesday 15th February 2017, 1.00pm - 2.30pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Healthcare delivery is challenged – in similar ways – across most developed countries. Cost continues to rise despite numerous attempts at payment reform, populations are aging, care is too often unsafe and not integrated all the while patients and families have higher expectations.

The hands directing most cost and quality reforms belong to the payers. Physicians are feeling less like agents and more like victims of various incentive schemes, credentialing requirements, regulatory demands. Demoralised physicians aren’t the most flexible, creative problem-solvers.

How did we get here and what’s to be done? This free seminar explores how long-standing societal expectations of the medical profession have been reinforced in doctors’ socialization and the impact of these on individual doctors’ and the professions embrace of change efforts.

Do remnants of a guild mentality shape beliefs around medical professionalism? If so, what evolution is needed? How can doctors’ engagement in addressing the care delivery challenges be fostered? At what level in the system should doctors have agency and influence? Particular to the NHS in this day and age, should we think of doctors as being different from other clinicians? Is calling out this professional group as distinct within the organisation foster unhelpful divisiveness?

The seminar explored these topics and described two healthcare consultants experience helping organisations develop explicit and reciprocal expectations as a way to engage doctors in change. Time was allotted for discussion and interaction.

For further information click here.

Health in All Policies: Making it Work in Practice - Winter School

Dates: 30th January - 1st February 2017

Venue: Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University, Durham City

Following the launch of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health in All Policies (HiAP) Training Manual in 2015, the challenge facing policy-makers and practitioners is how to build political will to address health inequalities and how to make intersectoral working succeed to improve health and wellbeing and tackle growing health inequalities. What constitutes success? What barriers might impede implementation? What skills are required to overcome obstacles to success?

This new Winter School is unique, exploring the reality of achieving HiAP in practice from a political perspective, drawing on real-world case studies and research of Durham-based academics with a distinguished international track record in this area.

The Winter School will provided an in-depth exploration of HiAP from a global policy, research and governance perspective. Participants had numerous opportunities for interaction, participation and discussion throughout the programme. The programme drew on successful ‘systems transformation leadership’ programmes to improve health and wellbeing offered by the CPPH, Durham University.

The CPPH is a WHO Collaborating Centre on Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action and the only certified centre for HiAP training in the UK. The CPPH is internationally renowned for its work on health systems, health inequalities and the interface between policy and practice.

For further information Click Here

Shifting the Gravity of Spending? Workshop to explore methods in public health priority-setting

Tuesday 17th January, Danubius Hotel Regents Park, 18 Lodge Road, St. John’s Wood, London, NW8 7JT

A team of researchers led by Durham University, a member of the fuse partnership, has been working with several English
local authorities to understand what support tools might help decision-making in the area of prioritising investment and
disinvestment in public health. Funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research and supported by the LGA, the
workshop presented the key findings from the completed research and explore methods for supporting local authorities in
priority-setting to improve population health and wellbeing. The focus was on identifying the enablers and barriers to using
such methods in practice and what the future holds.

This event was free of charge!

For further information on this event Click Here

CPPH Lecture: Lifestyle Drift and the Politics of Stress by Professor Ted Schrecker

Thursday 24th November 2016, Refreshments and Lecture from 1.00pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Much of Prof. Schrecker’s recent work is organised around the concept of ‘neoliberal epidemics’ - the subtitle of a book he published last year with Durham colleague Clare Bambra. In health policy, the influence of neoliberalism shows up as ‘lifestyle drift’ - a focus on individual behaviour and ‘making healthy choices’ rather than on the destructive health effects of poverty, economic insecurity and the effects of austerity. To view the slides presented at this event click here, where Prof. Schrecker will first outlined the connections between lifestyle drift neoliberalism, and then explored an extended case study involving the treatment of stress in British and Canadian health promotion and health research.

CPPH Guest Lecture: The Biology of Inequality - Understanding the biological pathways linking social and economic circumstances and health by Tony Robertson

Thursday 20th October 2016, Refreshments from 12.30pm, Lecture from 1.00pm - 2.30pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Tony’s research focuses on the mechanisms linking socioeconomic circumstances (e.g. education, employment, and housing) and health across the life course to understand the causes and consequences of health inequalities. This free seminar will explored the biological mechanisms linking socioeconomic circumstances and health and assess these factors ‘get under the skin’ to affect health and wellbeing, focusing on:

  • The theory of common biological pathways within social epidemiology
  • Biological ageing
  • Wear and tear on the body (‘allostatic load’)
  • Where next for social-biological research

For further information click here

Seminar: Food pleasure, altered eating and well-being

Dates: 14th September 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm

Venue: Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham City

Eating is undoubtedly one of life’s great pleasures. Yet it is denied many people living with long-term eating difficulties as a result of illness, treatment or life-course transitions. This seminar reports on new research on “altered eating”, and the ‘science of deliciousness’.

The seminar included audience participation to explore flavour and taste and, via film and discussion, findings from a National Institute for Health Research-funded project with survivors of head and neck cancer – Resources for Living – on living with altered eating.

Head and neck cancer survivors experience some of the most complex eating difficulties of all patient groups. For the Resources for Living research, survivors worked from the outset in close collaboration with researchers to develop a new way of assessing and managing the loss of pleasure, and burden, of eating.

The seminar marked the first step in expanding the scope of our findings to other groups. It was of interest to anyone with chronic eating difficulties or people working with them, and to anyone interested in why food, flavour and deliciousness matter to health and well-being.

This event was free of charge! Please Click Here for more information

CPPH Guest Lecture: The Imperatives of Public Health in the 21st Century by Dr Agis Tsouros

Monday 5th September 2016, Registration and Refreshments at 1.30pm, Lecture from 2.00pm - 3.30pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

This free CPPH Guest lecture by Dr Agis Tsouros, International Adviser on Health Policy and Strategy, Former Director, Policy and Governance for Health and Wellbeing at WHO Europe and Visiting Professor, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London, covered the following key points:

* Challenges facing public health in making an impact

* Advocacy for public health

* Acting on evidence of what works

* Using capacity at local level to innovate

* Reconfiguring public health for a new age

Dr Agis Tsouros is a Greek national. He is a medical doctor (University of Athens) with a Masters and PhD in public health (University of Nottingham) and a specialist in public health and community medicine (Faculty of Public Health UK). He speaks fluently English, Italian and French and Greek (mother tongue).

He joined WHO in 1989 and he retired from the organization at the end of 2015. During his long career in WHO, Agis Tsouros has held responsibility for several programmatic areas including Healthy Cities and Urban Governance for Health, Public Health Functions and Infrastructures, Healthy Ageing, Tobacco, non-communicable diseases and risk factors, national and sub-national health policies, governance for health, equity and social determinants of health. In 2010 he led the development of the European Policy for Health, Health 2020.

His innovative work covers a wide range of areas including the development of the Healthy Cities movement, the introduction of the social determinants evidence into practice, work on new concepts such as urban health, home care, health literacy, palliative care, migrants health, city diplomacy, sustainable development and public health and mass gatherings.

During the period 2004-2006 he was seconded to Greece where he assumed the positions of chairman of the national board of public health and president of the Greek CDC. As chairman of the board he played a central coordinating role in the preparedness for the Athens 2004 Olympics for all aspects of public health and preparedness for potential terrorist attacks. He published a book on mass gatherings and public health that has been used in the organization of the Beijing, London and other Olympic Games.

He has been special professor of public health in Nottingham and 3 times visiting or honorary professor of public health at the University of London.

Video screening from the Resources 4 Living study: Invite to head and neck cancer survivors

Date/Time: 28th June 2016

Venue: Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

We will be showing a series of films and presenting some ideas about a new website for survivors of head and neck cancer experiencing ongoing difficulties with food and eating. The films have been produced from a 3 year research project investigating food and eating issues for survivors of head and neck cancer (Durham and Northumbria University). The aim of the session is to provide the research team with feedback and for survivors to make suggestions which the team could use to further develop this important work.

Please note: This event is by invitation only.

For further information click here

For information on the Resources 4 Living Study click here

Systems Leadership for Health and Wellbeing Boards Seminar: Building on the strengths of the North East Health and Wellbeing Strategies to reduce health inequalities

Thursday 7th April 2016, 9.00am-1.00pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede College, Durham University

Please CLICK HERE to access a summary of the proceedings, the background reading for this event and the presentations that were given on the day

CPPH Guest Workshop - Integrated Care: past experience and future prospects by Professor Martin Roland

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 2pm - 4pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Integrated care is a top priority for the NHS and social care. Martin Roland presented results from an evaluation of integrated care pilots and described approaches to integration set out in the report of the Commission he chaired, established by the Secretary of State for Health, on the Future of Primary Care: Creating Teams for Tomorrow.

To view Professor Roland's presentation click here.

Book Launch - The Health Debate by Professor David Hunter

Thursday 11th February 4pm - 6pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

The first edition of The Health Debate (2008) by Professor David Hunter was described 'as an important analysis of the mismanagement of the NHS'. This new edition brings the analysis up to the present day. The book launch lecture was given by Lord Philip Hunt, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and spokesperson for the Opposition on Health. The event was chaired by Professor Ray Hudson, Deputy Vice Chancellor. Followed by drinks reception at 6pm.

To discover more about the event click here.

Human Nutrition Research Centre Seminar by Dr Duika L. Burges Watson - Altered Eating: A New Framework for Health Research and Practice

Monday 11th January – 1pm; L2.5, William Leech Building, Newcastle University, Medical School, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH

Many individuals live with long term challenges around food and eating. Such difficulties may be the sequelae of physical or mental illness, treatment, or life-course transitions. Health providers and researchers have generally required specialist knowledge on related diseases or conditions and approaches focus on amelioration of the condition, nutrition or on improving physiological function. Relatively little attention has been paid to alterations in the relationship to food which can persist after the cessation of a disease episode, or that become an enduring feature of long term conditions. Head and neck cancer survivors may experience some of the most complex food and eating issues of all, ranging across the biopsychosocial spectrum; from anatomical and functional changes to the biological systems involved in eating and the changes to flavour perception that result from this, to alterations in the emotional, social and interpersonal life of the individual and their network resulting from altered eating. In multi-disciplinary work in head and neck cancer survivorship we have come to realise that in order to assess, capture and address the full extent and complexity of their eating issues a new approach was required. We have developed a definition of altered eating and a comprehensive explanatory framework that systemically captures the full range of issues encountered in this and other patient groups.

‘Neoliberal epidemics’: A conversation about How Politics Makes Us Sick

Thursday 15 October 2015, 18:00 – 21:00, Joachim Room, College of St. Hild and St. Bede, Durham University

This event chaired by Professor Ian Greener, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University included the following line up of speakers:

  • Prof. Clare Bambra, Centre for Health and Inequalities Research, Durham University
  • Prof. Ted Schrecker, Centre for Public Policy and Health, Durham University
  • Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North-East of England
  • Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader, The Green Party
  • Harry Cross, Durham Labour Students

‘This important exposé charts how neoliberal ideology has undermined the lives of ordinary people, not least by damaging public health. The authors offer compelling evidence that privatisation, deregulation and austerity are bad for us …’ – Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

‘It’s official: austerity and neoliberalism are bad for your health. This impeccably researched book illustrates how the reigning dogma of our time is bad for people – and spurs us on to find an alternative’ – Owen Jones, The Guardian

Special Interest Group on Culinary Innovation, the Senses and Health Seminar: Flavour masterclass with Dr Rachel Edwards Stuart

Monday 5th October 12noon - 1pm, Senior Common Room, St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University, Durham

The way that we perceive flavour in food is complex. This presentation and interactive demonstration will explore science behind how each of our 5 senses play a key role in flavour perception. Flavour scientist Dr Rachel-Edwards Stuart will present on the science of flavour, non-tasters and supertasters, the importance of colour and branding to eating and drinking, the role that background music and sound play in food’s flavour, the new science of ‘umami’ and ‘kokumi’ in flavour perception, and the psychology of plating. Rachel will bring the science to life by giving participants samples to illustrate key themes.

The masterclass is for chefs, home cooks or anyone interested in exploring food flavour, but also may be of value to people living with difficulties around food and eating.


For further information please click here - this event is FREE!

If you have any queries please contact Lisa Monkhouse: or 0191 3340360

Special Interest Group on Culinary Innovation, the Senses and Health Interactive Demonstration: Flavour masterclass with Dr Rachel Edwards Stuart, Chef Sam Storey and "altered eating" research specialist Dr Duika Burges Watson

This event is part of the Newcastle/Gateshead EAT! Fringe - Conversion Festival

Monday 5th October 6pm-8pm, Irvin's Brasserie, Fish Quay, North Shields, NE30 1HJ

Flavour scientist Rachel Edwards-Stuart will work with chef Sam Storey to provide samples along the way to bring the science to life and to demonstrate the importance of colour and branding in eating and drinking; to discover if you are a “supertaster”; the role that background music and sound plays in food’s flavour; experience “umami”; and explore how eating food off different types of plate could help you lose weight!

Sam and Duika will be sharing insights from their research and will provide follow up discussion for those interested to explore the 'science' of flavour following Rachel's masterclass.

The masterclass is for chefs, home cooks or anyone interested in exploring food flavour, but also may be of value to people living with difficulties around food and eating.

Cost: Adult £10 Under 16 £5

Because of the practical demonstrations, numbers are limited.


For further information please click here

If you have any queries please contact Lisa Monkhouse: or 0191 3340360

CPPH Seminar - Sweetness, social norms and schools: Factors influencing children and young people’s food and drink practices

Wednesday 9th September 2015, starting with lunch and registration 12.30pm - 2.30pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Childhood obesity is a major public health concern and sugar consumption is believed to be a significant contributing factor. Potential interventions include: restrictions on the marketing of certain foods to children; the introduction of a ‘sugar tax’; and prohibiting the sale of caffeinated energy drinks to under-18s. But will any of these ‘solutions’ actually work? This seminar will attempt to explore this complex issue using insights from two recently completed studies and one ongoing initiative:

  • The social and economic context for young people's food and drink purchasing in and around secondary schools – Dr Wendy Wills, University of Hertfordshire
  • Energy drinks: hype or hyper? A mixed methods study on children and young people’s consumption of energy drinks – Dr Shelina Visram, Durham University
  • Food Active: Translating Local Action to National PolicyRobin Ireland, Health Equalities Group (to view Robin's presentation click here)

Click here to view the full programme, or to download the final report click here. The fuse brief can be viewed here. Additionally the three speakers from the event have each written a fuseblog on their topics for further information click here, or follow #sugar for tweets about the event.

CPPH Guest Lecture: The new English Public Health System at Local Level: Where are we now? Where might we be heading? by Professor Eugene Milne

Monday 13th July 2015, starting with lunch and registration 12.30pm - 2.15pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

A previous lecture examined the overall public health system and reflected on its fitness for purpose. In this talk Eugene looks more closely at the local emerging picture across the country, and reflects on how Local Authorities are stepping up to the challenges of public health responsibilities. The lecture will consider:

• How has the new structure of public health changed since its inception?

• How should the term ‘public health’ now be understood?

• How has austerity impacted upon the promise of a new public health?

• What is the future of the ‘public health ring-fence’?

• What are the local implications of the ‘Five Year Forward View’?

Taking place after the recent general election, with a new government hopefully in place, Eugene’s talk offers a timely opportunity for discussion of possible futures for local wellbeing and health improvement. What would we want from the crucial first 100 days of a new government? What might we get?

Evaluating Health Policy Reforms under the Coalition Government, 2010-2015

Friday 24th April 2015 (10:00-17:00), Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RT

Keynote Speaker: Lord Philip Hunt

Despite the Conservative’s pledge in 2010 for `no more top-down re-organisations’, the Coalition reforms (2010-2015) have been described as a re-organisation you can see from space.’ These reforms have precipitated clinically-led commissioning, management cuts, and further provider competition, among others. Combined with demographic change, service developments and financial pressures, the past 5 years have been dramatic as any in the NHS history. This symposium will explore the implementation and emerging impact of these reforms, and consider future health policy under the new government.

We invite abstracts for presentations covering theoretical and empirical aspects of these reforms. Abstracts from early career researchers will be especially welcome.

  • Each presentation will last 20 minutes, with ample time for discussion
  • The deadline for abstracts: Friday 20 February
  • Selected presenters will be notified in early March

Cost: £40 (per person, including lunch)

To find out more email Bal Loyal, or for further information click here.

CPPH Guest Lecture: Unhealthy Expectations? The Individual and the State in the Enhancement of Wellbeing by Professor Andrew Gray

Thursday 5th March 2015, 12.30pm - 2.15pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

We do not talk much these days about the relationship of the individual and the state in the enhancement of wellbeing. This talk will use a few case histories to trigger an analysis of historical forces that have shaped these relationships of the individual with the state as they relate to the enhancement of health and wellbeing. It will ask if the emerging relationship is currently founded on unhealthy expectations and, if so, who cares?

The health equity challenge: A review of progress to date

Friday 13th February 2015, 9am - 4.30pm, St. Mary’s College, Durham University 

It has now been seven years since the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health released a landmark report organised around the concept of health equity. What has happened to the health equity agenda in the intervening years? On 13 February, the first of a series of mini-conferences and workshops on Revitalising the Health Equity Agenda will be held at St. Mary’s College, Durham University. Keynote speakers will be Jennie Popay, Professor of Sociology and Public Health, Lancaster University and Peter Goldblatt, Deputy Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London. The series is a project of the Special Interest Group on Health Equity in a Glocal World, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council. For further information please email; for the full programme click here.

Walker Welfare Reform Pilot Research Launch: The Impact of Public Policy on Poverty, Wellbeing and Health

Thursday 5th February 2015, 1pm - 4pm (refreshments from 12.30pm), Walker Activity Centre, Walker, Newcastle, NE6 3BR

This seminar will invite you to consider the findings of this important research that examines the impact of the "bedroom tax", on the wellbeing and health of people in Walker, where over 700 households have been affected. Eminent speakers such as Professor Ted Schrecker, Durham University, Cllr Joyce McCarty, Newcastle council, Amanda Hall, Your Homes Newcastle, Dr Suzanne Moffatt, Newcastle University and Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Heriot-Watt University will consider the wider aspects of the impact of public policy on poverty, wellbeing and health, followed by discussion.

For further information email or call 0191 2771733

Making Health & Wellbeing Board Strategies Work to Deliver Improved Health

Thursday 5th February 2015, 9.30am - 12.30pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

For further information click here.

Managing the public health spend: the value of health economics for priority setting

Tuesday 27th January 2015 – 12:30 – 16:00, Room 2.21 Research Beehive, Newcastle University

Aims and Objectives

In light of fundamental changes to public health structures in recent years, specifically the responsibility for public health transferring to local government at a time of increasing austerity, commissioners within local government face challenges for investment and disinvestment. In particular, there is increased pressure to ensure that resources are used so that return on investment, in terms of health benefits, is maximised. This brings a need to demonstrate transparency in decision-making in relation to local priorities for public health investment. These changes highlight the potential value of a health economics approach to priority setting in terms of making the most effective use of public health resources, and how best to apply the potential tools in context. 

This QRM will provide an overview of health economic principles which can be used to guide decision making. The programme will include a brief update on the changing public health landscape for commissioning. This will be followed by an introduction to economic approaches to managing scarcity and meeting need. An overview of health economic approaches to priority setting, and, in particular, the frameworks and tools that are readily available for use by local government to aid investment and disinvestment decisions will be presented. 

For further information please see the Fuse website.

Book Launch - Promoting Public Mental Health and Wellbeing by Jean Brown, Alyson Learmonth and Catherine Mackereth

Thursday 15th January 2015, 12noon - 2pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

What causes a person to flourish or languish? Or to be well or ill? How can mental health and well-being of society as a whole, and individuals, be promoted and enhanced? Click here for further details.

CPPH Guest Seminar: Multiple and Complex Causes:how set theoretic thinking and the use of Qualitative Comparative Analysis can help us deal with causation in complex systems by Professor David Byrne

Monday 8th December 2014, 12.30pm - 2.15pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

To download the PowerPoint Presentation by Professor David Byrne click here


CPPH Guest Lecture: Future Directions for the NHS by Simon Stevens, CEO, NHS England

Thursday 4th December, 12.30pm - 2pm, in D10, Ebsworth Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Click here to see our news item about this event

CPPH Guest Lecture: Global health diplomacy - dream and reality by Richard Alderslade

Wednesday 5th November, 12.30pm - 2.15pm, in D009, Ebsworth Building, Queens Campus, Durham University, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Health is improving globally, yet far from equally. The knowledge and technology exist to do better. Health diplomacy needs to raise its profile and capacity, and become more influential. That is the dream, yet what is the present reality? Can we be optimistic? The talk will explore these issues from the perspectives of both global health and global governance.

For further information Click Here

Lifestyle Drift and What to Do About it: Special Interest Group on Health Equity in a Glocal World

Monday 20th October 2014, 12.30pm-4.30pm, Turner Room at Van Mildert College, Durham University, Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LH

This event will begin with a warm welcome by Linda McKie, Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University and Ted Schrecker, Professor of Global Health Policy, Durham University and include a range of speakers. For further information and to view supporting material Click here.


CPPH Guest Lecture: How Fit For Purpose Is The New English Public Health System? by Professor Eugene Milne

Monday 13th October 2014, 12.30pm - 2.15pm, in F009, Wolfson Building, Queens Campus, Durham University, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Changes to the Public Health system were among the least controversial of those brought about by the Health and Social Care Act, and have been hailed in some quarters as ‘a once in a generation’ opportunity. However, the move of local public health responsibilities to Local Authorities has coincided with a time of austerity and redistribution that has put some of the most deprived areas under great pressure. Some structural aspects of the system remain unresolved, and the establishment of Public Health England has created a larger, Civil Service based, corpus of PH capacity. This may have blunted rather than sharpened the scope for collective action on key issues. This lecture will consider the experience of the new system in its first 18 months and its implications for the delivery of health improvement and reduction of inequalities.

For further information click here  or to view his presentation slides click here.

Making better decisions on public health spending: Getting to grips with value for money

Thursday 18th September 2014, 9am - 5pm, The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN

This one-day conference, run in partnership with the Local Government Association, will help public health professionals and health and wellbeing boards make better decisions on public health. Professor David Hunter from the Centre of Public Policy and Health, Durham Univeristy will be speaking at this. For further information please click here.

North East Global Health Network

Thursday 5th June, 10am – 4pm at St. Mary’s College, Durham – Kenworth Room

A workshop to bring together researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and others based in North-East England working on any aspect of global health. For further information and to register click here or contact Kate Hampshire

Governance approaches in the forming of European health strategies: European Commission (EC) ‘Together for Health’ and World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe ‘Health 2020’ by Paula Franklin

Monday 2nd June 2014, F009, Wolfson Building, Queens Campus, Durham University, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

Governance approaches in the forming of European health strategies: European Commission ‘Together for Health’ and WHO ‘Health 2020’

Europe currently has two major public health strategies in circulation: the European Commission’s ‘Together for Health’, and the World Health Organisation Europe’s ‘Health 2020’ with the accompanying ‘European Action Plan’ (EAP) as its main implementation pillar. Both strategies cover a range of “wicked issues” such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and (unhealthy) food products, thereby having a direct impact on the everyday lives of citizens. Health involves everyone, but who has a say in determining how and which interests are prioritised? 

The Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), responsible for the drafting of the EC Strategy, inhabits the elusive “Brussels bubble”, and is a target of heavy lobbying from a variety of stakeholders including NGOs, industry, EU Member States. Governing the process of forming such multi-stakeholder policy poses challenges to openness (transparency of proceedings, availability of information), participation (who has the opportunity to participate and how), and accountability (decision-making processes, representativeness).

Paula Franklin is an International Junior Research Fellow (COFUND) at the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, attached to the Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH). She is currently conducting a two-year ethnographic study into governance of two European health strategies (EC and WHO). Prior to joining the Institute and CPPH, she worked as a Research Associate at the European Health Management Association (EHMA) in Brussels, researching and writing patient safety guidelines for European hospitals, and taught MSc students in International Public Health at University of Liverpool Laureate Online Programme. She obtained her PhD in Sociology from University of Surrey Roehampton in 2006, after which she worked as a research assistant at University of London, Royal Holloway, as a member of a team that conducted a three-year qualitative study into leadership and management approaches and their relationship to patient care within the NHS. Paula is originally from Finland; she completed her Master’s degree in Adult Education at the University of Helsinki.

To view the presentation slides for this lecture please click here.


Launch Event – Organising Care Special Interest Group

Thursday 29th May 2014, Room 452, Durham University Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB

To register or for further information please click here.

Guest Lecture - Evidence based policy: The development and implementation of national policy trials in Wales by Professor Simon Murphy

Tuesday 29th April 2014, F009, Wolfson Building, Queens Campus, Durham University, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

There are significant practical and methodological barriers to the conduct of policy trials in the UK. Drawing on case studies of a number of successful national policy trials conducted in Wales, this talk will:

  • explore theoretical and methodological approaches to their development and facilitation
  • highlight appropriate evaluation frameworks and methodology for rigorous realist trials with high external validity
  • and explore their impact on subsequent policy and practice

Conclusions will focus on the utility of Transdisciplinary action research approaches adopted within the Public Health Improvement Research Network in Wales, the appropriateness of the MRC framework for the development and evaluation of complex interventions, the role of mixed methods in policy trials and challenges in developing evidence based policy. Please see below images of the lecture.

Simon Murphy Lecture

Ambiguous Capture: Collaboratory capitalism in global vaccine initiatives by Dr Janice Graham

18th March 2014, 12:30 to 14:30, Tees Suite, Wolfson Research Institute, Dr Janice Graham
Professor Ted Schrecker is delighted to welcome Dr Graham to deliver an Optimising Population Health themed lecture entitled Ambiguous Capture: Collaboratory capitalism in global vaccine initiatives.

Vaccines save human lives; they cure before there is disease; they care preventatively, invisibly and effectively. Expanded vaccination coverage is among the major achievements of public health, embodying a caring society, a state where ensuring future life as such matters. Wrapped in ethics and economics, in languages and understandings steeped in location, migrations, hegemonies of class, religion, gender, in the epidemiology, technology and science of assays, surveillance and serums, vaccines are often sold as single fix success narratives to national and international public health consortia.

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Health Rights in (against?) the Global Marketplace by Professor Ted Schrecker

Thursday, 13th March 2014, 09:00 – 10:00 am, Durham; South End House SE016 (ground floor)

Over the past few decades, reorganisation of production and finance across multiple national borders has been accompanied, and often driven, by restructuring of social relationships around the primacy of the market. The consequences have been described by the editor of Le Monde Diplomatique as an ‘inequality machine [that] is reshaping the planet’. That reshaping redistributes opportunities to lead a healthy life (the social determinants of health), and at the same time affects the prospects of political coalitions in support of reducing health disparities. Against this background, the human rights frame of reference is especially valuable as a direct challenge to neoliberal orthodoxy, grounded in the generic commitment to what historical sociologist Margaret Somers has called ‘the right to have rights’ independent of the market.

Inaugural Lecture: Rediscovering Virchow, revisiting Brecht: Health politics for a new Gilded Age

Friday 7th March 2014, Holliday Building, Queens Campus, Durham University, Professor Ted Schrecker

Rediscovering Virchow, revisiting Brecht: Health politics for a new Gilded Age

The editor of Le Monde Diplomatique recently wrote that “[t]he inequality machine is reshaping the whole planet.” This is the background against which prospects for reducing health disparities through public policy must be assessed; it presents formidable challenges, not least because in many contexts state policies are either accelerating the inequality machine or magnifying its effects. WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health directed attention to the moral imperative of overcoming those challenges, but doing so will require re-engaging with older, explicitly political understandings of public health and social policy.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture.

The lecture will begin at 5.15 pm prompt.

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The politics of health in England - "a National Health Service would be a good idea" by Professor Alex Scott-Samuel

Wednesday 26th February 2014, F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus

The politics of health in England - "a National Health Service would be a good idea"

Professor Alex Scott-Samuel's title reflects Gandhi's comment when asked what he thought of Western civilisation: "I think it would be a good idea". Following the Health and Social Care Act 2012 we no longer have a national health service in England; Alex will discuss how this has come about and how a future government could deal with the present situation. Alex will set his discussion in the context of my view that health sciences are substantially disadvantaged by the absence of a discipline of health politics.

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Durham CELLS seminar: 'A tale of two controversies: Standards of proof in health policy'

29th January 2014, 16:00 to 17:00, Pennington Room, Professor Ted Schrecker

This Durham CELLS seminar will be given by Ted Schrecker who is Professor of Global Health Policy, Durham University. Professor Schrecker is also an adjunct professor of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. 

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Book Launch - Partnership Working in Public Health by Professor David Hunter and Neil Perkins

Tuesday 28 January 2014, F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus

The UK government’s reforms of the NHS and public health system require partnerships if they are to succeed. Those partnerships concerned with public health are especially important and are deemed to be a ’good thing’ which add, rather than consume, value. Yet the significant emphasis on partnership working to secure effective policy and service delivery exists despite the evidence testifying to how difficult it is to make partnerships work or achieve results.

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Who influences policy and why? Understanding strategies to control the policy process by Kathryn Oliver

29th October 2013, F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus

Kathryn Oliver will present the findings from a study of public health policy makers and evidence producers and how they went about influencing policy. The study sought to understand how policy is influenced and what strategies are employed by those involved in the policy process. These were then compared with knowledge brokerage frameworks. Knowledge brokerage is promoted as a way for researchers to influence policy and practice. It can be approached analytically as a collection of activities or strategies used by individuals to influence policy. The study found that although knowledge brokerage activities were used, influential individuals were often more important than the content of the message. While policy is influenced by a range of knowledge brokerage activities, characteristics of the ‘messenger’ were more important than the ‘message’. This paper presents a novel approach to, and sheds new light on, understanding the importance of knowledge brokerage activities and their influence on policy. It suggests researchers are unlikely to influence policy using traditional knowledge brokerage activities.  

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North Yorkshire Wider Partnerships Conference

This year's conference was held on Friday 22 November 2013 with a theme of 'Public health in North Yorkshire - Creating a whole-county approach to reducing health inequalities'. The conference featured presentations from:

  • Dr. Lincoln Sargeant (Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire)
  • Dr. Stephen Morton (Centre Director, Yorkshire and the Humber, for Public Health England)
  • Professor David Hunter (Health Policy and Management, Durham University)

Consultation on refresh of North Yorkshire Community Plan

Local Government North Yorkshire and York and the Chief Executives Group for North Yorkshire and York are currently leading a piece of work to refresh the North Yorkshire Community Plan 2011/14.

The purpose of the plan is to set out the key issues and actions that need to be tackled in partnership across North Yorkshire. We need to review the current plan to make sure that our vision, objectives and action plan are the right ones to help make sure that the county is well placed to respond to both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us in the next few years. To this end, we have produced a draft refreshed version of the North Yorkshire Community Plan 2014/17 on which we would now be grateful for partners' comments.