Event Details

Book Now

Conference: Public Health in a Changing World

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 31 May 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


RCPE Symposium: Public Health in a changing world
Wednesday 31 May 2017

We live in changing and challenging times. Rapid shifts in global politics are impacting on the UK and the health of its population. Public health is under the spotlight and needs, more than ever, to rise to these challenges.  

This symposium features top international speakers with an exciting programme on:

  • International public health:  what can we learn from recent global epidemics and how do we prepare for the next? 
  • European public health: what are the impacts of political destabilisation, economic instability and migration? 
  • Scottish public health: why do we have excess mortality in the West of Scotland? What should Scotland do to become the healthiest nation in Europe
  • How we can effect change: via social media, leadership and other tools

This symposium is of interest to all practising or studying public or global health, infectious disease and respiratory physicians, as well as general physicians and other healthcare workers who want to learn the latest in exotic communicable diseases as well as look upstream at determinants of health.

An early bird discount applies on fees until Tuesday 2 May 2017.  


Dr Lorna Willocks

Chair, Organising Committee


Organising Committee
Professor Harry Campbell
Dr Emma Fletcher
Dr Gwyneth Jones
Dr Graham Mackenzie
Dr Ken Oates
Professor Ian Russell
Dr Joy Tomlinson



Back to menu


Wednesday 31 May 2017


Registration and Coffee


by Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Healthy cities - Glasgow and beyond

Chair: Professor Carol Tannahill, Director, Glasgow Centre for Population Health


Why is there excess mortality in the West of Scotland?
Dr David Walsh, Public Health Programme Manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
*summary of data on excess mortality *the underlying story *what is the most appropriate policy response?


Why do some Scots remain unhealthier than others? Learning from Healthy Cities research
Professor Evelyne de Leeuw, Professor and Director, Centre for Health Equity Training, Research & Evaluation, New South Wales, Australia (by live link)
*initial thoughts on plausibility of a Glasgow/Scotland effect *how to respond at the city-wide level *lessons from healthy cities *advice on using evidence to influence policy





Session 2 - International public health

Chair: Dr Nicola Steedman, Senior Medical Officer, Scottish Government


Emerging infections
Professor David Heymann CBE, Head and Senior Fellow, The Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, London
* history of recent emerging infections * current epidemiology and public health measures re Ebola and Zika * what’s next?


How do we achieve elimination of tuberculosis by 2050?
Professor Ajit Lalvani, Chair of Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London
* current global and UK epidemiology * multidrug resistance * public health strategies to decrease TB in the UK and globally and key elements of those strategies





Session 3 - European public health

Chair: Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


Chair: Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Public health challenges in Europe
Professor Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London
*political destabilisation and its impact across Europe  *economic instability/austerity and its impact *Brexit


The impact of migration on health
Dr Alexander van Tulleken, Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University, New York
*work in refugee camps and humanitarian organisations *lessons for public health at national, European and global level *life as a doctor in the media


Coffee / Tea

Session 4 - Tools for change

Chair: Dr Margaret Hannah, Director of Public Health, NHS Fife


Social and digital media
Dr Andrew Murray, General Practitioner and Specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine
*using social media to effect behavioural change with professionals and the public *where we are now and future challenges *where social media is not helpful *physical activity as an example


Fiscal policy
Professor Colin Drummond, Professor of Addiction Psychiatry, National Addiction Centre, King's College London
* role of fiscal and tax measures in Public Health * specific lessons from countries which have tried to introduce alcohol minimum unit pricing * likely response of the alcohol industry if introduced * where next for regulation/ fiscal measures in UK?


The fierce urgency of now
Dr Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, Horizons, NHS England
*leadership during a time of major change *leadership in the new world *skills we need to make a difference *how to be an agent of change


Presentation of prizes




Back to menu


Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 30 May 2017 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Tuesday 2 May 2017.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee until
Tuesday 2 May 2017

Fee from
Wednesday 3 May 2017

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student (refundable deposit)



Free postgraduate student places - first come first served (book online) (refundable deposit) limited places- now fully booked 



Medical student – deposit refunded to those who attend the event.

Free postgraduate student places:  only if you have secured one of the limited free places for postgraduate students (this will be confirmed to you), will you be refunded your deposit if you attend the event.  It will not be refunded to postgraduates who register but do not show. THESE PLACES HAVE BEEN FULLY BOOKED

Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

Free places

Unpaid post – if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please email g.mcalister@rcpe.ac.uk to join as an Associate Member, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.

Back to menu

Further Info

This event is open to all working in the area of public health, all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the conference centre and Great Hall

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

Back to menu

Bookmark and Share

Download registration form