About the Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS)

The Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS) aims to keep public health professionals in Scotland up-to-date with national and local developments in public health information via bulletins, email updates and seminars. To join the network, please register with the ScotPHO website.

PHINS Local Developments in Public Health Information Bulletin – request for submissions

The annual PHINS seminar is a very popular event and updates on national developments in public health information are now included within the annual ScotPHO e-Newsletter. However, we are aware that there has been little sharing of information from a local perspective since the last PHINS Local Developments in Public Health Information bulletin several years ago. Feedback from a series of public health intelligence stakeholder events coordinated by ScotPHO during summer 2016, in response to the Scottish Government's Public Health Review, also highlighted demand for greater sharing of public health information from a local perspective.

To address this issue, we are now planning to re-establish the PHINS bulletin to allow members to share details of their own local projects and events. If, therefore, you would like to include any such details, please complete this submission form (38Kb) and email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We would be grateful if submissions could be made by Friday 3rd March 2017.

Please note: In submitting content for the bulletin, please ensure that all projects and events are relevant to the area of public health information, such as needs assessments, analysis of routine or linked administrative data, population surveys, quantitative evaluations or the development of data resources. Submissions relating to service provision, resource development or campaign delivery are outside the scope of the PHINS bulletin.

PHINS Seminars

Seminars are held on an annual basis to discuss and publicise current public health related developments and research projects. 

This year's seminar took place on Friday 9th September 2016 in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Around 350 delegates attended.

You can view the morning's programme here: PHINS 2016 seminar programme (270Kb).

Below are links to pdf versions of most of the talks presented at the seminar. Please note, however, that as some of the presented research is still unpublished, not all the presentations are available to download.

Note also that video footage (including available subtitles) of a number of the talks is available here.

See our PHINS Archive page to download the presentations from previous PHINS seminars.

Good work and health

Thalia Theodoraki (University of Edinburgh) and Martin Taulbut (NHS Health Scotland) started the first session with a presentation entitled Good work and health in Scotland: setting the scene. (1.5Mb)

Anna Ritchie Allan (Close the Gap) then presented on The gender pay gap, and what it means for women's work, wages and poverty. (700Kb)

Finally, Vittal Katikireddi (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow) gave a presentation entitled What jobs shouldn't you do? A comparison of occupational mortality rates across the UK and over time using linked administrative data. Unfortunately, as this research is currently unpublished, the presentation is not yet available to download.

Assessing and addressing health inequalities at the national, regional and local level

The second session began with Denise Brown (also from the MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow) presenting on Changes to age- and cause-specific mortality rates in Scotland 1981 to 2011. (900Kb)

The second presentation was delivered by Claire Bynner (What Works Scotland, University of Glasgow) on Place-based approaches to tackling inequalities. (2.2Mb)

Finally, Chris Harkins (Glasgow Centre for Population Health) and Alison Gornall (Big Noise Govanhill) spoke about Evaluating Sistema Scotland – approaching complexity, recognising different forms of evidence and embedding a life course study of impacts. (2Mb)

For more information on any of these talks, please contact the presenter directly.