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13th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting: Working together for healthy living: Multidisciplinary behavioural medicine

Wednesday 13th December 2017 - Thursday 14th December 2017 at Hilton Liverpool

The Society invites all behavioural and public health researchers, clinical practitioners, epidemiologists, health and clinical psychologists, medical sociologists, health economists, nurses, pharmacists and all other colleagues interested in the field of behavioural medicine to participate in this two day meeting.

We were pleased to welcome our keynote speakers:

  • Prof Zubin Austin (University of Toronto)
  • Chris Boardman, MBE in conversation with Prof Greg Whyte (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Prof Trudie Chalder (King's College London)
  • Sir Muir Gray, CBE (University of Oxford)

Conference Programme

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Last Updated: 09:15 Friday 8th December 2017

Local Organising Committee Members: Dr Helen Poole (Chair, Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Paula Watson (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Mark Forshaw (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Grahame Smith (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Adam Mackridge (Liverpool John Moores University), Geoff Bates (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Andy Jones (University of London).

Further information on the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine can be found by visiting the society website;

Thank you to those who joined us in Liverpool in December 2017, we hope to see you in Birmingham in December 2018.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227770.

Keynote Presentations:

The Psychology of Interprofessional Collaboration: how ready are health care professionals to truly collaborate?
Professor Zubin Austin

The role of trans-diagnostic processes in perpetuating fatigue
Professor Trudie Chalder
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The National Activity Therapy Service
Professor Sir Muir Gray

“Cycling – the catalyst for multidisciplinary change?”
Chris Boardman MBE in conversation with Professor Greg Whyte OBE
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Prize Winning Presentations

Effectiveness of regular weighing and feedback by community midwives within antenatal care to prevent excessive gestational weight gain: POPS2 randomised controlled trial
Dr Amanda Daley

Examining modifiable theory based influences on endocrine therapy medication taking behaviour in women with breast cancer
Dr Caitriona Cahir

Tuesday 8th December Presentations

Parallel Session A 11:15-12:45


Managing persistent physical symptoms in diverse populations: transdiagnostic processes and mediating factors
Contributors: Claire Willis, Sula Windgassen, Sheila Ali, Katie Watts & Prof Trudie Chalder
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Changing environments to change behaviour: Towards a typology of physical micro-environment (or choice architecture) interventions for physical activity
Contributors: Dr Gareth J Hollands, Prof Marie Johnston, Michael P Kelly & Prof Dame Theresa Marteau

Substance use

Variability in comparator group support and reporting quality in randomised controlled trials of smoking cessation interventions: A systematic review
Neza Javornik

Reducing the standard serving size of alcoholic beverages decreases alcohol consumption: results from a field experiment
Dr Inge Kersbergen

Primary care practitioner's perceptions on the role of e-cigarettes and e-cigarette resources: findings from a qualitative study.
Prof Paul Aveyard

Bibi ergo sum: the effects of a placebo and contextual alcohol cues on motivation to drink alcohol
Graeme Knibb

A qualitative investigation of offenders' perception of the upcoming prison smoking ban. Informing a novel online smoking cessation intervention for offenders: Breaking Free from Smoking
Stephanie Dugdale


The effects of mindful eating on consumption and desire
Dr Katy Tapper

ImpulsePal: An app a day keeps the cravings at bay
Samantha van Beurden

Testing the impact of an educational intervention designed to promote ocular health among people with Age-related macular degeneration
Dr Richard Cooke

“To start off wi’, it was a novelty, eating treats every day … but recently it’s just been a nightmare.” A qualitative study of men’s experiences of intentional weight gain
Dr Craig Donnachie

Does surgery provide a ‘teachable moment’ for changing multiple health behaviours?
Dr Suzanne McDonald
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Using the Behaviour Change Wheel to refine a self-management programme for type 1 diabetes: Developing DAFNEplus
Dr Stephanie Stanton-Fay

Barriers to and enablers of diabetes self-management in people with severe mental illness.
Dr Kathleen Mulligan
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Implementation of type 2 diabetes mellitus guidelines in people with severe mental illness.
Dr Hayley McBain
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Childhood self-control and midlife diabetes risk
Dr Michael Daly
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Informing behaviour change interventions

“It’s difficult, I think it’s complicated”: Barriers and enablers to health professionals providing opportunistic behaviour change advice
Dr Chris Keyworth

What is the endpoint of ‘translational’ research? The example of polypharmacy
Prof Jill J Francis

What Determines Successful Completion, Engagement, and Wellbeing Outcomes in Arts for Health Primary Care Intervention?
Dr Rachel Sumner

Behaviour and context: Using a socio-ecological and behaviour change approach to understanding use of green space amongst multi-ethnic deprived families
Dr Rosemary McEachan

Adolescent and parent factors related to fatigue in paediatric multiple sclerosis: Using empirical data to develop a model and intervention.
Susan Carroll

Parallel Session B 14:25-15:40


Co-development of health interventions – the what, the why and the how
Discussant: Dr Paula M Watson
Contributors: Prof Diane Crone, Benjamin J R Buckley, Daisy Bradbury & Abigail Millard


Utilising Social Networks for Behaviour Change in Complex Interventions
Workshop Leader: Dr Ruth Hunter
Facilitator: Shannon Montgomery
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Understanding experiences of health and illness

Understanding HPV: a psychological survey study of women taking part in primary HPV testing within the NHS Cervical Screening Programme
Emily McBride
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E-cigarettes and lung cancer patients: smoking cessation during chemotherapy treatment
Jennifer McKell

A meta-analytic test of the common sense model of illness self-regulation
Prof Martin Hagger

Being sedentary when you live with a long-term condition and have symptoms of depression- A thematic analysis.
Isabel Adeyemi


Associations between social support, mental well-being and technology use in a sample of first-time antenatal women: data from the BaBBLeS study baseline data collection
Dr Samuel Ginja
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Using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) to explore lifestyle choices for weight-management with overweight pregnant women.
Dr Janice Smith

How can we improve recruitment to clinical trials during pregnancy? A mixed methods investigation
Dr Wendy Lawrence

Improving health professional practice

Barriers to and facilitators of implementing acute trust guidelines for the early detection, management and control of Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: a qualitative process evaluation
Dr Annegret Schneider

Who’s Challenging Who: A cluster randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a staff training intervention to improve support staff attitudes and empathy towards adults with learning disability and challenging behaviours
Dr Rachel McNamara
This presentation was delivered by Elizabeth Randell

The value and challenges of combining normalisation process theory and the theoretical domains framework in the context of a process evaluation to improve guideline adherence in primary care.
Dr Liz Glidewell

Developing a theory-based intervention in partnership with stakeholders: the TIPTAP project
Dr Eilidh Duncan

Short Oral Presentations 16:10-17:06

Physical Activity (Short) / Weight And Diabetes

Investigating effectiveness of tailored gain- and loss-framed physical activity messages in the UK and Turkey: Two quasi-experimental studies among university students
Pelin Ozgur Polat

A systematic review of the methods used in economic evaluations of physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions
Madeleine Cochrane

Workplace stair climbing: Uncontrolled effects of pedestrian movement dwarf any effects of intervention.
Dr Frank F. Eves

Predictors of Adding Sugar to Children’s Beverages by Lebanese Mothers Using the Theory of Planned Behavior
Abir Abdel Rahman

What are the determinants of successful transfer of a men’s weight management programme between different professional sports club settings?
Dr Greig Logan

“Say No”: a feasibility trial of a pragmatic intervention to reduce instances of indulgent energy intake episodes and qualitative interviews focused on perceptions of indulgences.
Dr Claire Madigan

Representations of Type 2 Diabetes and Active Travel In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: A Prospective Qualitative Study
Dr Aidan Searle

Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in South Asians: Qualitative Study Exploring Health Beliefs, Attitudes, Values and Community Perspectives
Ishfaq Vaja

Intervention development / Effective Behaviour Change

The Mechanisms of Action in Group Interventions (MAGI) study framework for designing, delivering and evaluating group-based health interventions
Dr Jane Smith

Health education for music students: Course design, implementation and evaluation
Raluca Matei

How to facilitate behaviour change in dental settings: a qualitative investigation of the views and experiences of dentists and patients
Dr Sarah Peters

Implementing multiple behaviour change interventions after health checks in primary care: A qualitative study
Samah Alageel

Medical Student INtervention to Promote Effective Nicotine Dependence and Tobacco HEalthcare (MIND-THE-GAP): Feasibility randomised trial (NCT02601599) six-month results
Dr Frank Doyle

Social media and public health interventions: a systematic review of evaluation methods
Niamh O'Kane

A cluster randomised evaluation of an adaptable implementation strategy targeting 'high impact' indicators in primary care
Dr Thomas Willis

A systematic review of preconception lifestyle interventions for health behaviour change
Dr Sinéad Currie

Cancer / Various 1

Cancer prevention in vulnerable women: An exploratory qualitative study with women who have experienced domestic violence and offending behaviours
Dr Sarah Hanson

Evaluation of a Cancer Research UK mass media campaign to tell the public about the link between cancer and obesity
Dr Emily Power
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Behaviours of young mothers from areas of deprivation; implications for health promotion and cancer prevention.
Dr Lucy Hackshaw-McGeagh

LivingWELL – a feasibility study to assess the impact of a lifestyle intervention in people with a family history of colorectal or breast cancer
Prof Annie S. Anderson

The illness and treatment beliefs of adults with Blepharospasm and Hemifacial spasm receiving botulinum toxin treatment
Dr Sadie Wickwar

The impact of a peer-volunteering active ageing intervention on needs satisfaction and motivation
Dr Afroditi Stathi
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Young women’s motivations for taking part in research: The usefulness of life stage differences for tailoring research advertising
Sarah Howcutt

What is the impact of Blepharospasm and Hemifacial spasm on quality of life and which factors determine quality of life?
Dr Sadie Wickwar

Thursday 13th December Presentations

Parallel Session C 10:50-12:20


The Human Behaviour-Change Project: Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning for evidence synthesis and interpretation
Discussant: Prof Marie Johnston
Contributors: Dr Alison Wright, Prof Susan Michie, Prof Robert West & Dr Marta Marques


Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions: Updating MRC Guidance
Contributors: Prof Laurence Moore, Prof Sharon Simpson, Dr Lynsay Matthews & Dr Kathryn Skivington

Delivery & fidelity

Treatment fidelity in the Physiotherapy informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (PACT) trial for chronic low back pain
Dr Emma Godfrey

When is therapist support for self-management needed? Analysis of the BREATHE trial to improve quality of life in asthma using breathing retraining
Prof Lucy Yardley

To what extent is the acceptability of an intervention associated with declining to participate in a Randomised Controlled Trial? A semi-structured interview study
Mandeep Sekhon

From gym instructor to physical activity counsellor: Reflections on “training” exercise referral practitioners to deliver a needs-supportive physical activity behaviour change intervention
Dr Paula M Watson


Strategies to increase bowel screening uptake: a focus group study of non-participants
Dr Marie Kotzur

Using behavioural insights to increase the return rate of HIV self-sampling kits
Laura Brown

Exploring the acceptability and feasibility of creating lay-health worker interventions for cancer prevention and early detection in a UK setting
Dr Lorna McWilliams

Healthy Hub Roadshow: Employee perceptions of a workplace HIV testing intervention in England
Dr Holly Blake
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Long Term Conditions

REACT (Retirement in ACTion): Development of a group-based intervention to support the prevention of mobility-related disability in moderately frail older people.
Dr Afroditi Stathi
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Anger expression and suppression: A large-scale multi-site study of people with psoriasis
Dr Rachael Thorneloe

Psychosocial determinants of sedentary behaviour patterns in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Self Determination Theory perspective
Ciara O'Brien

Clinicians’ prescribing of physical activity for adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis: A qualitative study
Dr Sarah Denford

Labelling / choice architecture

Impact of lower alcohol strength labels on consumption of wine and beer: a bar lab randomised controlled trial
Dr Milica Vasiljevic
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Impact of calorie labelling in worksite cafeterias: a stepped wedge randomised controlled pilot trial
Prof Dame Theresa Marteau

Normal but smaller: Experimental evidence on the ‘normalising’ effect of reducing food portion sizes
Dr Eric Robinson

Have English wine glasses changed in size? A study on historical trends (1700-2017)
Dr Zorana Zupan

Parallel Session D 14:30-15:30


The impact of sleep disruption across medical conditions.
Discussant: Prof Chris Bundy
Contributors: Alasdair Henry, Leanne Fleming, Martin Rutter & John McBeth
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Beliefs about medicines predict reported side effects to antihypertensives: Secondary analysis of the TASMINH2 cohort.
Sarah Chapman

The impact of care transition on medication use following acute coronary syndrome: a qualitative study to help inform the development of a pharmacist-led adherence intervention
Jacob Crawshaw
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Endocrine therapy medication taking behavior and quality of life in women with stage I to III breast cancer
Dr Caitriona Cahir

Potential interventions to increase participation in English Bowel Scope Screening Programme: a prospective survey
Sandro Stoffel


Lung cancer symptom attribution and medical help seeking in high risk groups: a qualitative study
Dr Grace McCutchan

Symptom appraisal of potential lung cancer symptoms in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Dr Katie Robb

Intervention planning for the development of a web-based intervention to improve quality of life in cancer survivors: a theory-, evidence- and person-based approach
Dr Teresa Corbett

How do women seek information about potential breast cancer symptoms? Capturing online behaviour with an Internet browser tracking tool
Dr Afrodita Marcu

Physical Activity

Building teacher habits aimed at reducing students’ sitting in classroom: Evaluating outcomes and habit formation processes in the Let’s Move It teacher intervention
Dr Nelli Hankonen

I'm Not Sitting Staring Into Space, So I'm Doing Something, You Know: A Qualitative Exploration Of Sedentary Behaviour In Older Adults’ Daily Lives
Dr Cindy M Gray

An evidence-based, co-developed physical activity referral scheme: Pilot phase
Benjamin Buckley

Effectiveness of a Physical Activity Loyalty Scheme to maintain behaviour change: a cluster randomised controlled trial
Dr Ruth Hunter

Health behaviour (misc)

Game of Stones: Recruitment of obese men from across the socio-economic spectrum into a text-message based weight management study
Rebecca Skinner

Association between social networks and health behaviours in adolescents: A systematic review
Shannon Montgomery

Do digital health behaviour change interventions lead to an increase in self-efficacy? A systematic review and meta-analysis
Dr Katie Newby

Health improvement and educational attainment in secondary schools: complementary or competing priorities? Evidence from the School Health Research Network in Wales.
Dr Hannah Littlecott
This presentation was delivered by Jemma Hawkins

Short Oral Presentations 16:00-17:00

Substance Use

Public health and art: collaboration between health researchers and visual designers to develop health messages to engage with health professionals and people who use anabolic steroids
Geoff Bates

“If I’d known,…” – missed opportunities in nicotine replacement therapy, and possible solutions – an interview study.
Aleksandra Herbec
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Adapting the ASSIST model of informal peer-led intervention delivery to the Talk to FRANK drug prevention programme in UK secondary schools (ASSIST FRANK): a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial
Dr Jemma Hawkins

Electronic cigarette uptake and experiences among Stop Smoking Service users
Dr Frances Sherratt

A systematic literature review on outcome–based smoking cessation apps
Collette Venturas

Information about Drinking for Ex-Serving Personnel (InDEx): Development of a smartphone application (app) for alcohol monitoring
Dr Laura Goodwin

Assessing the feasibility of a health associated liscensing objective: A case study of eight local authorities in the UK
John Mooney

Health Professionals and Patients

Being in safe hands: patients’ perceptions of how cancer services may support psychological well-being throughout treatment.
Dr Lynda Appleton

Behaviour change in new models of care: What do NHS teams need to do differently?
Eleanor Bull

A shared ‘decision tool’ (‘SHARE-D’) to help patients begin making healthy lifestyle changes: feasibility study
Dr Neil Heron

Nurses as healthy role models: the wider public health agenda
Dr Joy Darch

How do we define rapport? A review of the literature
Dr Rachel Adams

Understanding the study recruitment behaviour of health visitors and community midwives: an application of the Theoretical Domains Framework
Dr Jennie Rose

Exploring a method for using The Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy to live code education interventions
Eleanor Bull

Food and Weight / Various 2

Consumption of artificially and sugar sweetened drinks and snack choice: An experimental study.
Heather Renwick

Small Talk Big Difference: an intervention to improve rates of referral of patients with type 2 diabetes to weight management services
Dr Jennifer Logue

The PRAM (PRegnancy And Weight Monitoring) Study: A Feasibility Study
Dr Elinor Coulman

Smoking cessation advice in primary care: What does it comprise of and does it make a difference?
Dr Emma Brown

The contribution of cognitive-behavioural factors, psychological distress and fatigue in explaining the experience of pain severity and interference in women with Vulvodynia: a biopsychosocial approach
Claudia Chisari

An Integrated Model of Condom Use in Sub-Saharan African Youth: A Meta-Analysis
Dr Cleo Protogerou

Factors associated with women’s attitudes towards HPV vaccination: results from a large population survey in Ireland
Dr Mairead O'Connor

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Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Zubin Austin

Keynote Speaker
Zubin Austin BScPhm MBA MISc PhD is Professor and Murray Koffler Chair in Management, and the inaugural Academic Director of the Centre for Practice Excellence at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto (Canada). His research focuses on the professional and personal development of the health human resources workforce. He has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and authored three reference texts, and has received awards for his research from diverse national and international organizations. He is also an award winning educator, having received teaching awards from Canadian and American societies and he has been named undergraduate Professor of the Year by students on 16 separate occasions.

Chris Boardman, MBE

Keynote Speaker
Chris Boardman sprang into the public eye when he took Britain’s opening Gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics astride the infamous Lotus bike. He went on to win three stages of the Tour de France, set numerous world records (several of which still stand) and became arguably Britain’s most successful cyclist to date. Chris later led the Research and Development team for British Cycling in the run up to Beijing, where they became the most successful British sporting team of all time. Post-cycling, father of six Chris went on to establish a name in journalism writing for various publications including Pro Cycling and working as a commentator for ITV and BBC major cycling events, as well as sitting on the National Cycling Strategy Board and co-founding the well-respected Boardman Bikes.

Chris is currently British Cycling’s Policy Advisor and is passionate about transforming the way we travel by putting cycling at the heart of transport policy.

Professor Trudie Chalder

Keynote Speaker
Trudie Chalder is Professor of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at King’s College London. She has worked as a clinician and a researcher in the area of long term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms for about 30 years. She develops specific cognitive behavioural models for understanding and treating these conditions and evaluates the approaches within the context of randomised controlled trials in primary and secondary care. Her research involves investigating not only whether treatment works in the context of gold standard randomised controlled trials but how and for whom it works. Her work spans adolescents and adults.

Trudie has published approximately 200 articles. She was the President of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and is an Editor of the Journal of Mental Health.

Sir Muir Gray, CBE

Keynote Speaker
Muir Gray entered the public health service by joining the City of Oxford Health Department in 1972. The first phase of his professional career focused on disease prevention and health in old age, followed by the development of the NHS screening programmes as well as services aimed at bringing knowledge to patients and professionals, including the NHS Choices. He has also been instrumental in setting up the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and the Cochrane Collaboration in Oxford. During this period he was appointed as the Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS in England. He is a Visiting Professor in Knowledge Management at the Department of Surgery and a Visiting Professor of Value Based Healthcare at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

He has returned to his first mission to prevent disease and promote health in old age with a series of books Sod60! Sod70!, SodIt, Eat Well and the Mid-life Health Handbook.

Professor Greg Whyte, OBE

Keynote Speaker
In 2014 Professor Greg Whyte was awarded an OBE for his services to Sport, Sport Science & Charity, and was voted as one of the Top 10 Science Communicators in the UK by the British Science Council. Greg is an Olympian in modern pentathlon, and is a European and World Championship medalist. Graduating from Brunel University, he furthered his studies with an MSc in human performance in the USA and completed his PhD at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London. Greg is currently a Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University. Greg's former roles include Director of Research for the British Olympic Association and Director of Science & Research for the English Institute of Sport. Greg is an internationally recognised expert in Exercise Physiology and Sports and Exercise Performance, with extensive professional experience assessing, treating and improving the performance of patients, sporting enthusiasts and athletes. Greg is well-known for his involvement in Comic Relief, since 2006 Greg has applied his sports science work to assist various celebrities in completing some of the toughest challenges (including among others David Walliams’ English channel crossing, Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 50 days and Davina McCall’s 506-mile ultra-marathon). As a result of his work, Greg has helped raise over £36 million for charity.


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Situated in the center of the Liverpool ONE retail and leisure complex, this Liverpool hotel’s location provides easy access to transport links and cultural attractions. Built on the site of the Old Customs House, Hilton Liverpool City Centre has a curved design that represents the meandering River Mersey.