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You are invited to submit abstracts for Oral and mini-oral presentation at the South West Public Health Scientific Conference to be held on Tuesday 21st March 2023. Please note that it is yet to be confirmed how the conference will be delivered (face to face or virtually, or a mixture of both).

The aim of the conference is to showcase both service and university based public health research and evaluation from across the South West.

You are invited to submit abstracts of your work from across the full range of public health and from all related disciplines. Abstracts should clearly include your research question, methodology and results, even if they are consistent with the null hypothesis. Please do not submit abstracts that describe an on-going study with no results or if the results will be embargoed at the time of the conference.

Conceptual or theoretical papers that do not present analyses from either quantitative or qualitative analyses are acceptable if they present ideas that contribute to enhancing public health.

Abstracts will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Methodological rigour
  • Public Health Relevance
  • Transferrable learning for local practice and research

To help with the submission of abstracts, guidance and an example abstract are attached.

Abstracts should be sent to the conference organisers via:

and be received by 17.00 hours on Tuesday 29th November 2022.

If you would like to discuss the content of your abstract please contact one of the following members of the conference abstract committee:

Dr Ruth Kipping
University of Bristol
Associate Professor in Public Health                            

Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado
University of Exeter
Academic Clinical Lecturer 

Dr Julie Mytton
University of the West of England
Professor of Public Health

The SW Public Health Conference is funded by the School of Public Health at Health Education England and is a collaborative event working with Academic Institutions in the South West.




Guidance for abstracts

Please complete the attached submission form and return it to with a copy of your abstract, quoting Scientific Conference Abstract in the email subject line.

All abstracts must be received by 17.00 hours on Tuesday 29th November 2022. Abstracts received after this time will not be considered.

Important information regarding abstract layout: 

  1. The abstract must be no longer than 300 words maximum (excluding title, authors and affiliations, keywords and references)
  2. Text should be single line spaced with justified margins
  3. Each abstract must use Word Arial font in size 11 point
  4. Abstracts should be saved as a Word document using the author’s name as the file name
  5. Abstracts should be presented in accordance with the following guidance:
    a) The title of the abstract must be in bold
    b) Full details of all the authors must be provided. This should include name; role and organisation/affiliation
    c) The name of the author that wishes to present at the conference must be underlined
    d) The authors’ roles and organisations/affiliations should be written in italics
    e) The aim of the abstract presentation must be clear
    f) It is advised to use the following sub-headings where relevant and appropriate:
      • Aim
      • Background
      • Methodology
      • Results / Findings
      • Conclusions / Recommendations

Abstracts that fail to adhere to the required abstract layout as outlined above will be rejected. Abstracts will be reproduced on the conference website exactly as submitted, so please check abstracts carefully before submission.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and presenting authors of successful abstracts will be notified in January.

Please note that acceptance of your abstract does not give you a delegate place at the conference and you will be required to register a place when registration opens in the New Year.

For those submitting multiple abstracts, please be aware that if more than one abstract is accepted for oral presentation, each must be presented by a different individual at the conference. 

Main oral presentations will generally be allocated 10 minutes, followed by 7 minutes for discussion.

A decision on the presentation of the mini-oral sessions will be decided by the planning group in due course.

Full information on session delivery will be provided to authors of successful abstracts.  



Association between perceived neighbourhood environment and weight loss in overweight and obese adults

Manley, P

Specialty Registrar in Public Health

Aim: This study examined whether objectively measured loss of body weight was associated with perceived neighbourhood environment characteristics, using longitudinal data collected over a 12-month follow-up of overweight/obese adults of Camden, London, as part of a CAMWEL (Camden Weight Loss Programme) randomised controlled trial.

Background: Several studies have demonstrated associations between some aspects of built environment (e.g. distance, convenience, accessibility and aesthetics of activity resources), and physical activity / obesity.

Methodology: 217 participants followed-up in the CAMWEL trial were analysed as a fixed-length cohort.  The weight loss outcome was dichotomised comparing individuals who lost ≥ 5% of body weight over the follow-up, to individuals who did not. The neighbourhood characteristics were collected in a self-administered standardised questionnaire. Analysis was conducted in STATA 12.1, using Mantel-Haenszel methods and logistic regression. Multiple imputation was performed to account for missing data of the neighbourhood variables.

Results: Weight loss was associated with two of eight studied perceived neighbourhood characteristics. After adjustment for confounders and trial allocation, participants who agreed that walking was unsafe because of neighbourhood traffic had 80% lower odds of weight loss than those who disagreed with it (OR of 0.20; 95% CI 0.05-0.81); and participants who agreed that their neighbourhood was unsafe because of crime during the night had 59% lower odds of weight loss than those who disagreed with it (OR of 0.41; 95% CI 0.16-1.04). The results based on multiple imputations yielded similar findings.

Conclusions: Despite some limitations, the study by its unique design provided new evidence into the research of obesogenic built environment in the UK that has so far been limited. It demonstrated the potential to collect environmental data at a relatively low cost during an experimental study. The findings could strengthen the evidence base which local government needs for regulatory actions tackling obesogenic environment.