Review of training delivered by West Surrey Health Promotion Service across the local health economy
West Surrey Health Promotion Service (WSHPS) delivers training programmes based on the individual needs of client groups (e.g. teachers, youth workers, caterers, carers). As the Services move to be hosted by Primary Care Trusts, a need has arisen to assess the needs of local staff and client groups. The objectives of the review are to determine whether current training provision is: in line with policies, objectives and priorities of the WSHPS in developing and informing a wider public health understanding of national and local strategies and policies and being delivered at satisfactory standards. The review also addresses whether the training programme produced publicises training; training charges; administrative procedures; venues; the timing; evaluation and monitoring of training.
I previously worked at the Institute of Food Research, Health Education Authority and University of Oxford. My expertise is in the area of public health and behavioural nutrition research, gained on a variety of projects. My research is wide ranging both in terms of topics covered (e.g. food choice, policy development, food safety) and methodologies used (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, stakeholder consultation). I have also been involved in the evaluation of health promotion programmes and developing tools for use in nutrition education.
Since my arrival in 2000, I have played an instrumental role in the success of the University of Surrey’s Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, securing over £5.4M of research funding, of which over £3.3M as PI. With a start-up investment of £250K in 2000, the centre has brought over £7.1M into the University.
To date I have published over 125 refereed papers, numerous non-refereed publications including 20 book chapters and have edited two booksand edited two books ("The Psychology of Food Choice" (2006) and "Food for the Ag(e)ing Population" (1st edition 2009; 2nd edition 2016).
I am one of the founding members, member of the Board of Directors (2001-2006) and was secretary (2004-2006) of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The society was set up to combine interests in diet and physical activity; and to stimulate, promote and advocate innovative research and policy in the area. The society now plays an important role in fostering excellence in research in this field through its annual meetings and journal called the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
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