Movement for Health Conference 2024 Glasgow



We Move Together - Scotland’s Systems Based Approach for Physical Activity In Action

Movement for Health looks forward to welcoming you to its first national conference. Speakers and workshops led by experts from across Scotland will inspire and inform your practice, decision making and boost the physical activity network. Through a long term conditions lens, the ISPAH 8 investments for physical activity will be brought to life.


9.00 - 9.30

Arrival, Refreshments.

9.30 - 9.45

Welcome – Chair – Helen Puttick.

9.45 – 10.30

Keynote – Professor Linda Bauld - Working together across sectors and disciplines to progress population health in Scotland.

10.30 – 10.45

Refreshment break.

10.45 – 11.45

Workshop 1.

11.45 – 12.45

Workshop 2.

12.45 – 13.45

Activity demonstrations.
Poster presentations. (CLICK HERE for more info on Poster Presentation submissions)

13.45 - 14.05

Ministerial Address – Scottish Government

14.05 – 14.20

Preventative Investment – Jane-Claire Judson, Chief Executive Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

14.20 – 14.30

Movement break

14.30 – 15.40

Panel discussion – Delivering Scotland’s Movement Ambitions
Chair: Helen PuttickPanel Members: Professor Marie Murphy, Dr Margaret Douglas, Susan Deigham, Jane-Claire Judson

15.40 – 16.00

Close of conference – Kevin Lafferty, Chief Executive Paths for All

Keynote Announcement!

Working together across sectors and disciplines to progress population health in Scotland

Professor Linda Bauld OBE FMedSci FRSE FRCPE FAcSS FFPH is the Bruce and John Usher Chair in Public Health in the Usher Institute, College of Medicine, University of Edinburgh and Chief Social Policy Adviser to the Scottish Government. For the past 25 years she has led studies to prevent or treat the main modifiable risk factors for Non Communicable Diseases including cancer, diabetes and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases with a particular focus on tobacco, alcohol, diet and inequalities in health. She leads two research consortia: SPECTRUM - funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership that focuses on the commercial determinants of health; and Behavioural Research UK (BR-UK) - funded by the ESRC as a leadership hub for behavioural research across topics and disciplines.  She is a former Scientific Adviser to the UK Department of Health, the World Health Organisation and Cancer Research UK on prevention and public health.


The workshops of the day are examples of excellent practice, learning, and collaboration from throughout Scotland’s systems-based approach. Join practitioners, academics, systems professionals, and our third sector colleagues to be inspired and help grow the movement supporting people with health conditions to move more in ways that are fun and safe for them and their conditions.

Communications & Public Education
Creating Targeted Physical Activity Messages for People Living with Long Term Health Conditions

Understanding how to effectively develop and deliver targeted physical activity messages to various groups in the public is an important part of the systems approach to improving population-level physical activity. People living with long term health conditions (PLWLTHCs) are a key target population for physical activity interventions due to the potential benefits to symptom management, and improvements in key health outcomes such as quality of life. Although specific physical activity guidance exists for several health conditions, there is a dearth of evidence around preferences for message content and delivery in this group. Thus, research is needed to understand what should be in messages and how they should be delivered in order to improve perceptions, motivation and ultimately PA behaviour in PLWLTHCs. 

Workshop outline: This proposed workshop would take the form of a research workshop and aims to build upon a Movement for Health Active Learning workshop (November 2023, Edinburgh). This workshop will utilise the Guide to Evidence Based Physical Activity Messaging and Communication (based on principles of the Physical Activity Messaging Framework) to explore preferences for both message content and delivery. 

Firstly, workshop participants will work through the Guide to produce targeted messages, drawing on their expertise and experiences. Secondly, these developed messages will be evaluated alongside a bank of messages developed in advance based on the November workshop. Feedback on messages (in the form of quantitative rankings and qualitative comments) will be gathered during this workshop in creative, interactive ways, such as through wooclap and post it notes. 

Outputs and impact: The primary output of this workshop will be a ranked list of targeted PA messages for PLWLTHCs that can be used by Movement for Health and other relevant stakeholders. The findings from this workshop will be used in future funding applications to develop and test messages at a larger scale, ultimately leading to valuable contributions in the field of Communications and Public Education.

Meet the facilitators
Dr Chloë Williamson
Researcher at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre
Dr Chloë Williamson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Physical Activity for Health from the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) at the University of Edinburgh. Her research over the past 6 years has focused on physical activity messaging and building the evidence base in this area to influence policy and practice. She is interested in understanding how we can best communicate about physical activity with different groups of the public. As part of her research, she led the development of the Physical Activity Messaging Framework (PAMF) and has recently contributed to the development of the new UK CMO Guidelines Communications Framework. Her research has informed guideline communication strategies in the UK, Canada and Ireland. Her Guide to Evidence Based Physical Activity Messaging and Communication (available on the Movement for Health website) was developed as a practitioner-friendly resource to facilitate the use of the PAMF principles in practice.
Anna Boath
Researcher at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre
Anna is a Research Fellow within the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh. Her work is as part of the Public Health Intervention Responsiveness Studies Team (PHIRST), an NIHR-funded programme for evaluating local government public health interventions.  Anna's specialist areas and interests are around women's health, specifically physical activity and nutrition. Her other areas of interests include addressing health inequalities and obesity research.
Sarah Janac
Knowledge Broker PHIRST-Elevate Team
Sarah is Knowledge Broker within the PHIRST-Elevate Team – a NIHR-funded project to evaluate local government public health interventions. She is based within the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh. Sarah originally has a medical background, and has worked in patient-facing and research-facilitating roles. She has experience in communication, outreach and stakeholder management, and is leading on knowledge mobilisation and research impact within her role.
Active Health & Social Care
Promoting Physical Activity Across Clinical Settings: #Active Wards & beyond!

A project and practice presentation: In this session we will share solutions to reduce the harmful effects of deconditioning by working as a team to problem solve and implement tailored interventions suitable for different clinical settings.  

Chapter 1 Juliet – Introduction to presenters & Active Wards background and concept

Chapter 2 Erin – Active Wards in Practice with examples from across our group.

Chapter 3 Emily – Acute Medical Ward example with focus on using digital solutions to promote early interventions.

Chapter 4 Julie – Rehabilitation Ward example with a focus on input from different professions and volunteers.

Chapter 5 Jacqui – Transition to home based activity with the We Walk project

Meet the facilitators
Dr Juliet Harvey
Practice Development Physiotherapist NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) & Clinical Research Fellow University of Dundee
Dr Juliet Harvey is a Practice Development Physiotherapist at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Dundee.  She has an interest in participatory approaches to change that are collaborative, person-centred and therapist led.  She is most proud of starting the Active Wards group to tackle deconditioning in clinical areas.  Before moving to the Practice Development Team, Juliet was a specialist physiotherapist in long-term conditions management.  In research she concentrates on sedentary behaviour and physical activity for health.  She completed her PhD in 2016 titled “Reducing Sedentary Behaviour in Older Adults”.  Her research portfolio can be found here: @DrJulietHarvey
Erin Walker
Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in Frailty, NHSGGC
Since qualifying in 2004, Erin has spent her career working within Glasgow hospitals.  For the last 13 years she has been a senior physiotherapist within Older Peoples Services at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and now works there as an advanced practice physiotherapist in Frailty. Having undertaken a 2 year part-time secondment to NHSGGC Physiotherapy Practice Development Team to spread the Active Wards work board wide she now continues to co-chair the NHSGGC Active Wards special interest group which lead improvements to reduce sedentary behaviour and deconditioning within Acute Adult In-Patient services.
Emily Elliott
Band 6 Physiotherapist, Acute Medical Department, NHSGGC
Emily is a band 6 physiotherapist who works as part of the medical AHP team within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. Since qualifying in 2018 Emily started her career within the Queen Elizabth Hospital and worked within a variety of specialities whilst doing physiotherapy rotations. Emily successfully gained a band 6 position in 2022 which covers general medical, diabetes, endocrinology and infectious diseases wards. Having worked within a particularly busy and fast paced environment she now has a keen interest in developing new ways to optimise patient involvement in exercise and patient led strategies. In addition to quality improvement work Emily also has a keen interest in working alongside patients with functional neurological disorders. 
Julie McGuckin
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Older Peoples Services Rehabilitation Unit, NHSGGC
Julie is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist working in Older Peoples Services, based in Gartnavel General Hospital. Since qualifying in 2002, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas in Glasgow, and has been specialising in the assessment and rehabilitation of older people since 2009. Julie has been a member of the Active Wards group since the beginning and strives to promote physical activity in older adults with complex multifactorial conditions. She is also a dementia champion and has a special interest in developing staff to provide best quality physiotherapy despite the challenges of the busy NHS.
Dr Jacqui Morris
Reader, Living Well with Long Term Conditions Research Team, University of Dundee
Jacqui Morris is a Reader in Rehabilitation and Health at the University of Dundee. She leads the Living Well with Long-Term Conditions research group in the School of Health Sciences.

Jacqui graduated in Physiotherapy in 1984 and received an MSc in 2003. Her PhD entitled The Upper Limbs after Stroke: Exploring Effects of Bilateral Training and Determinants of Recovery was obtained in 2009 from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She worked as a clinical physiotherapist in stroke rehabilitation in the NHS before being appointed to a joint clinical academic role as Research Lead for the Allied Health Professions in NHS Tayside and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences in 2010.

She was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the NMAHP Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2015, returning to the University of Dundee as Reader in 2017. She was awarded the University of Dundee Early Career Researcher prize in 2014.
Active learning
Supporting others to move more: The MAP of Health Behaviour Change Learning Programme

All health, care and third sector/volunteer staff have a unique opportunity to support people to make changes to their physical activity behaviour that can have a positive impact on their physical and mental health and wellbeing. This workshop will focus on the ingredients for effective behaviour change conversation based on the MAP of Health Behaviour change. MAP stands for Motivation, Action, Prompts.  We know that for a behaviour change to occur and be maintained, we need to have motivation to make the change, to be taking action that will result in the change and be aware of the prompts and cues which help and hinder us to make and maintain the change.

Attendees will hear about the different areas that MAP  is being used in physical activity settings and have a chance to reflect and practice on how to have those often tricky behaviour change conversations within their own work.

Meet the facilitator
Michelle Clark
Principal Educator
Chartered Health Psychologist and Principal Educator for NES in the Psychology Directorate (Health Improvement Workstream).  Leading on the MAP of Health Behaviour Change Programme, which provides practitioners from health, care, and 3rd sector partners a structured framework based on health psychology and behavioural science theory, to support the people they work with to make changes to their health-related behaviour in a person-centred way.
Active learning
Transport Poverty: A Public Health Issue

The workshop will consist of a presentation of the key messages from the recent Public Health Scotland publication Transport Poverty: A Public Health Issue  This will be followed by discussion with the participants to consider the implications of the report on their own practice.

Meet the facilitator
Margaret Douglas
Public Health Consultant
Margaret Douglas is Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Scotland and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow. She is also clinical lead for ScotPHO, the Scottish Public Health Observatory. Her work uses a Health in All Policies approach to understand and influence the health and inequalities impacts of policy areas including planning, transport and economy.
Georgie Stuart
Senior Project Officer
Georgie is a Senior Project Officer seconded to Public Health Scotland from Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity. Her work centres around a Health in All Policies approach to improving sustainable transport planning. She works with active travel practitioners across Scotland to ensure they are confident in and able to adopt the Place principle and put communities at the heart of decision-making.
Active Health & Social Care
Walking with strength and balance

Supporting healthcare staff to develop, pilot and embed a whole systems approach to increasing physical activity opportunities for people in receipt of care, and in particular, people living with dementia. In collaboration with the Care Home Collaborative (NHSGGC) who will present their findings, and evidence the impact, of increasing physical activity in care homes across GGC. This workshop will further demonstrate a whole systems approach to tackling behaviour change and physical activity culture amongst healthcare staff and residents.

Meet the facilitator
Kayleigh Lytham
SDO, Dementia Friendly Programme
Kayleigh is the Senior Development Officer for the Dementia Friendly Programme at Paths for All. National remit includes strategic development and support to the Scottish Health Walk Network to be more inclusive for people living with dementia and carers. Kayleigh leads on tailoring dementia friendly environments to make them more accessible, meaningful, and enabling, including increasing physical activity opportunities within healthcare settings for people in receipt of care. Kayleigh has been with Paths for All since 2015 and her background is in health and physical activity with sixteen years’ experience across a range of health groups.
Pooja Gupta
AHP CAPA Lead and Researcher at Strathclyde University
I am Pooja, working as AHP CAPA (Caring About Physical Activity) Lead in a team called Care Home Collaborative in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.  I am also a researcher at Strathclyde University, currently doing a PhD in physical activity for health. I am a physiotherapist by background with an interest in physical activity, frailty, rehabilitation and reablement and have worked across various acute and community settings for almost 20 years. I love working with older people and am passionate about improving their lives and overall wellbeing. I believe in healthy ageing which supports people to maintain and improve their functional abilities and enables wellbeing in older age. I work in partnership with care homes to enable staff embed and deliver the principles of CAPA to improve frailty outcomes for the residents. I also have a central role in developing and leading improvement projects to promote wellbeing and quality of life outcomes for care home residents, through enhancing their physical activity.I love working with others so that we jointly make even better decisions. Working in this role has given me this opportunity to work in partnership with care homes to promote good practice, share what is working well and help care home residents do ‘what matters to them’. I feel fortunate to work in a team of highly dedicated professionals with a shared vision to make a positive change to the life of care home residents.
Active Learning
SAMH Physical Activity & Sport Charter for Mental Health

We will share information about our SAMH Physical Activity & Sport Charter for Mental Health. We will talk about how groups can play their part in breaking down barriers for individuals to participate, engage and achieve in sport. We will also share the benefits of signing up to the charter for example access to a variety of resources to use within your environment to support the mental health and wellbeing of your community.

Meet the facilitator
Kirsty Ewen
Partnership & Development Lead and Physical Activity & Sport Manager
I have worked in the Physical Activity & Sport Team at SAMH for almost 4 years. I love getting to meet people from across Scotland and share the benefits of Physical Activity & Sport on our Mental Health and Wellbeing as well as upskilling them on how they can help others. Outside of work I volunteer in various roles within swimming and love volunteering at events!
Nina Allinson
Partnership & Development Lead and Physical Activity & Sport Manager
I have worked for SAMH for 10 years. I feel very proud to be part of Physical Activity and Sport team now, as I feel passionate about the power of physical activity and sport to support individuals’ mental health.In my free time I love to cycle, walk my dog and most recently I have begun to kayak and weight training.
Active Health & Social Care
Creating integrated physical activity for health pathways

Since the publication of the Physical Activity Pathway Standards there has been much interest in supporting the coordination of pathways across the UK to enable people to receive proportionate support to benefit their health from increased activity.  

This workshop, run jointly by Move Consulting a consultancy company specialising in physical activity and Public Health Scotland will describe the work being undertaken in Scotland and England to support organisations to create integrated pathways, that provide simple customer journeys and maximise the assets held in our communities.  

In this workshop, we will
1. Share the learning from the work being undertaken to develop a physical activity pathway framework and toolkit in England, Including key design characteristics and considerations for implementation.
2. Share learning from the work Public Health Scotland has been undertaking to support organisations at a local level develop pathways,
3. Identify challenges and solutions that can support delivery
4. Identify next steps for providing effective support to the sector

Meet the facilitator
Elaine McNish
Director of Move Consulting
Elaine has worked in the health, sport and fitness field for over 25 years.  During this time she has worked in local authority leisure services, public health departments, national governing bodies of sport, the Sports Council for Wales, the Welsh Government and Macmillan Cancer Support and the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health.  Some of the key pieces of work she has carried out include; developing and managing the Welsh National Exercise Referral Scheme; advising ministers and developing physical activity policy, working on the UK documents such as  the Chief Medical Officers guidelines and NICE guidance on exercise referral and developing a whole pool approach to supporting people with health conditions into the water which went on to win 2 Royal Society of Public Health Awards.
Eileen Jennow
Senior Health Improvement Officer
Currently working with Public Health Scotland, with over 15 years’ experience in health improvement, both at local and national level. Eileen’s role focuses on physical activity and health and seeks to reduce inequalities and improve equity of services for those experiencing the poorest outcomes in Scotland.
Active Systems
A Whole System Approach at CHSS

A dive in to the development of the Services Model in our No Life Half Lived strategy and the role physical activity plays throughout.

Meet the facilitator
Stuart Brown
Deputy Head of Prevention Services
Stuart works with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) as their Deputy Head of Prevention Services. Stuart joined the charity just before the pandemic started which was an interesting and challenging introduction to the third sector. That said, with great challenge comes great opportunity and there has been some incredible learning, development and new ways of working that will shape future services and support for the better. Previously, Stuart worked for nearly ten years within the world of sports development, working in Local Authority and National Governing Body settings, most recently at Tennis Scotland. Stuart’s move to the third sector was driven out of a desire to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health but most of all, and most importantly, to work in another sector that supports people to enjoy a greater quality of life by increasing the opportunities available for people to be active, crucially in a way that works for them. Personally, Stuart is a sport, nature and music enthusiast and enjoys getting out at any opportunity for a walk with his young family in his hometown of Edinburgh - though his favourite place to be is on the beautiful Isle of Islay.
Fearghas Thomson
National Physical Activity Lead
Fearghas works with Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) as their National Physical Activity Lead as part of Prevention Services. This is a new role within the charity, with a focus on developing physical activity opportunities for those living with chest, heart, stroke and long covid conditions. With an academic background in Public Health Nutrition and a passion for health promotion he has applied this to the world of exercise referral. Previously, Fearghas worked within the 3rd sector developing and delivering condition specific exercise programmes across Aberdeen City, with qualifications in GP Exercise Referral, Postural Stability Instructing and Cancer Rehab.


Helen Puttick – Chair
Researcher at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre
Helen Puttick has been covering news in Scotland for 25 years, developing particular expertise in the fields of education, health and social care. She worked as a health specialist for more than a decade and continues to provide well-informed insight and groundbreaking stories in this field. She is sought after as a commentator on heath and care issues across Scotland and beyond. Helen has been nominated for five Scottish press awards including Specialist Reporter of the Year and won a Royal Society of Medicine prize for exposing fake news last year.
Professor Marie Murphy
Director of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC)
Marie is Professor of Physical Activity for Health and Director of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) at the University of Edinburgh and holds a joint appointment as Professor of Exercise and Health, at Ulster University. Marie’s research focuses on the effect of physical activity and exercise, in particular walking, on health and uses multidisciplinary approach that has included outcome measures ranging from the behavioural to the biochemical. Her work has contributed to the evidence base underlying the current physical activity guidelines in the US, UK and Ireland and she was a co-author of the UK guidelines in 2011 and 2019 and the Irish guidelines in 2009 and 2024.
Dr Margaret Douglas
Public Health Consultant
Margaret Douglas is Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Scotland and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow. She is also clinical lead for ScotPHO, the Scottish Public Health Observatory. Her work uses a Health in All Policies approach to understand and influence the health and inequalities impacts of policy areas including planning, transport and economy.
Susan Deigham
Chief Executive, Glasgow Life
As Chief Executive of Glasgow Life, one of Scotland’s largest charities, Susan is the city’s strategic
lead for Culture, Sport, and Events, as well as being responsible for building Glasgow’s global
reputation as a leading visitor destination. Susan has more than 20 years’ experience in the public sector, having held senior positions within Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life. Her work at Glasgow Life includes overseeing the organisation’s direct delivery of cultural and sporting services and venues across the city including the Glasgow Club; one of the most significant public sport operations in the UK and Scotland’s largest health and fitness network.
Jane-Claire Judson
CEO, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.
Jane-Claire is CEO of Scotland’s largest health charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. She is also a board member at Public Health Scotland and Children in Scotland. Jane-Claire has previously held roles at Diabetes UK, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and NUS Scotland and was a Commissioner at the Scottish Human Rights Commission. She holds an MA, MBA and is a Health Foundation fellow. Jane-Claire has a strong belief that elevating the voices of people most affected by policy decisions is critical to designing actions and informing the policy decisions that will improve population health outcomes overall. In her spare time, Jane-Claire enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, often by the coast or the shore of a loch.


The first ever Movement for Health conference aims to be a safe space for all to be their authentic selves.

All are welcome. We are working across two venues who share these same ambitions and if you would like to discuss any support you might need to take part in the day, please contact us in advance so that we can work with you to ensure you enjoy the day and are able to participate.

There is disabled parking available and information on each venue can be found in the venue tab.

A map of the venues and day will be sent out in the pre-information pack to all attendees along with links to pre-visit films of the venues.

There will be quiet spaces available at both venues on the day for anyone wishing to use them.

University of Glasgow - Advanced Research Centre

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University of Glasgow - School of Health & Wellbeing

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Members & Partners

Movement for Health is a coalition of Scotland’s leading health charities, national agencies and academic institutions.  We are united in our commitment to support the least active people living with long term health conditions to be more physically active.