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15th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting

Thursday 16th January - Friday 17th January 2020 at Apex City of Bath Hotel

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. This year there is no conference theme, so we are running our usual open call for contributions from all areas of behavioural medicine, and would particularly welcome the submission of abstracts and symposia that reflect the broad focus of contemporary research in Behavioural Medicine. These may include, but are not limited to;

  • Promoting health behaviour change (physical activity, diet, and alcohol, tobacco and other substance use)
  • Applications of behaviour change theory
  • Healthy ageing
  • Transport, pollution and health
  • Systems approaches to obesity and non-communicable diseases
  • The role of industry in health and health services
  • Evaluating complex interventions
  • Addressing health inequalities through Behavioural Medicine

Conference Programme

To view the full conference programme, please click here.

Please note, all speakers, timings, content and room allocations are subject to change.

Last Updated 15:35 13th January 2020.

Conference Handbook

In an attempt to try and reduce our environmental impact, we will be providing printed copies of the conference handbook at this year event. Please click here to download an electronic version of the handbook.

Last Updated 12:00 15th January 2020.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to confirm the following keynote speakers;

  • Professor Bas Verplanken, Department of Psychology, University of Bath
  • Professor Jennie Macdiarmid, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Andre Kengne, Head of Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town
  • Panel Debate: Professor Lucy Yardley, Chris Eldridge, Dr Helen Atherton & Brad Millington. Chaired by Julie Barnett

UKSBM Annual Report

We present the UKSBM Annual Report 2019, on the understanding that any financial reporting is indicative at this stage and will be fully verified in due course. Queries about the report's contents should be addressed to the Society's General Secretary, Dr Rachel Crockett, at rce.rcetsi.cuahlcokt@tra.k.

Click here to download the annual report.

Presentation Downloads - Thursday 16th January 2020

Keynote Speakers

The Psychology of Repetition: Habits of Doing and Thinking
Prof Bas Verplanken

Panel debate: The potential for digital technology needs to be exploited more urgently and broadly within health and social care services
Chair: Professor Julie Barnett
Panel members ‘for’ the motion:
Professor Lucy Yardley (lead) & Chris Eldridge
Panel members ‘against’ the motion:
Dr Helen Atherton (lead) & Brad Millington

Parallel Session A


Alcohol Labels: impact on drinkers’ understanding and consumption

Convenor: Natasha Clarke
Discussant: Mark Petticrew

Using alcohol labels to improve awareness and understanding of the ‘14 units per week’ low risk drinking guideline
Mark Egan

Investigating the potential of alcohol product labels in a sample of UK drinkers
Anna K. M. Blackwell

The impact of health warning labels on alcohol selection: two online studies
Natasha Clarke

Alcohol pictorial health warning labels: the impact of self-affirmation and health warning severity
Carlos Sillero-Rejon


Translation of behavioural science: Exploring Cards for Change
Facilitators: Jo Hart & Lucie Byrne-Davis

Digital interventions

A multicentre randomised controlled trial of an augmented exercise referral scheme using web-based behavioural support in individuals with metabolic, musculoskeletal and mental health conditions: Changes in process measures
Jeffrey Lambert

A feasibility trial of a digital self-management intervention ‘My Breathing Matters’ to improve asthma-related quality of life for primary care patients with asthma
Ben Ainsworth

Evaluating the mechanisms of action and participant experiences of a web-based, evolutionary mismatch-framed intervention targeting physical activity and diet
Elisabeth Grey

Implementing a social network intervention for loneliness in a community setting: the PALS study
Rebecca Band
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Nutrition behaviour change

“I wouldn’t swap semi-skimmed milk for whole milk”: Using the Person-based approach to develop a personally relevant screen and treat intervention for malnutrition risk in adults aged 65 and over in p
Liz Payne

Brief support and personalised feedback on food shopping to encourage saturated fat reduction: results from the PC-SHOP randomised controlled trial
Carmen Piernas
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Salt Swap: A feasibility randomised controlled trial of a behavioural intervention to reduce salt intake among people with high blood pressure
Sarah Payne Riches

Replacing meat with alternative plant-based products (RE-MAP): results of a randomised controlled trial of a behavioural intervention to reduce meat consumption
Filippo Bianchi

Cancer: screening, vaccination and intervention

Barriers to self-completed FIT bowel cancer screening and how to overcome them: A qualitative study
Marie Kotzur
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Attitudes to HPV vaccination in parents of boys and girls: a cross-sectional population-based survey in England and Wales using the Precaution Adoption Process Model
Jo Waller

Extending the screening interval for women at low risk of breast cancer as part of a risk-stratified Breast Screening Programme: Views of national screening figures
David French

A theory- and evidence-based redevelopment of behaviour change tools for cancer awareness activity in community settings
Victoria Whitelock

Parallel Session B


Promoting changes in health behaviours within cancer screening settings

Convenor: Annie Anderson
Discussant: Bob Steele

Introduction: Impact of a training programme on bowel cancer risk reduction for Specialist Screening Practitioners
Annie Anderson

Interest in physical activity advice alongside NHS breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programmes: a qualitative study using data-prompted interviews
Claire Stevens

The acceptability of providing smoking cessation interventions within lung cancer screening
Rachael Murray & Harriet Quinn-Scoggins

Impact of a training programme on bowel cancer risk reduction for Specialist Screening Practitioners on health promotion knowledge and practice
Annie Anderson

Implementation and influence

Using mixed methods and behavioural analysis to identify ways to optimise interventions to reduce antibiotic prescribing in primary care
Aleksandra Borek

The tribulations of trials: Lessons learnt recruiting 777 older adults into REtirement in ACTion (REACT), a trial of a community, group-based active ageing intervention targeting mobility disability
Janet Withall

New MRC-NIHR guidance: Reducing bias due to MEasurement Reactions In Trials (MERIT) of interventions to improve health
Lisa Miles

Common problems recruiting to trials or specific challenges? A qualitative evaluation of factors affecting recruitment into a randomised controlled trial of foster care training
Gwenllian Moody

Oral health care behaviour in community-dwelling stroke survivors: A qualitative investigation
Rachael Powell

Theory and methods

Systematic review of dietary behaviour change interventions in adolescents based on self-determination theory
Sara Simao

Development of a measure of collective efficacy in personal networks: a complement to self-efficacy
Rebecca Band
This presentation was not delivered at the conference

Mechanisms of action underpinning self-management in adults with severe mental illness and long-term physical health conditions: findings from a qualitative study and systematic review
Ben Young

Cognitive and emotional determinants of influenza vaccination: Testing the effects of an anticipated regret manipulation
Lynn Williams

Blood Sugar Regulation for Cardiovascular Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: A state of the art review
Colin Greaves

Child and adolescent health

Associations between body mass index, physical activity and sedentary time with blood pressure in primary school children from south-west England: a longitudinal study
Emma Solomon-Moore

A mixed-methods process evaluation of the CHIRPY DRAGON childhood obesity prevention intervention trial in China
Bai Li
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Aligning a health behaviour change agenda with adolescent values: a qualitative study to inform the development of a complex intervention to support adolescents to eat better and be more active
Sofia Strömmer

Development of a complex intervention to engage adolescents in eating better and being more active (the EACH-B Programme): integrating evidence from systematic reviews, qualitative research, and expert knowledge
Sofia Strömmer

These 2 presentations by Sofia Strömmer were delivered as 1 file and can be downloaded here

Do parents want to be involved in mental health interventions for their children? Perspectives from parents of young children and adolescents in South Africa
Bronwyne Coetzee & Suzanne Human

Intervening in the food and drink environment

Wine glass size and sales: A meta-analysis of studies in bars and restaurants
Theresa Marteau

Impact of glass shape on sugary drink consumption: two laboratory studies
Tess Langfield

Altering the availability or proximity of food, alcohol and tobacco products to change their selection and consumption: Cochrane systematic review
Gareth Hollands

Appetite for Change? The Impact of Calorie Labelling on Alcoholic Beverages in Adult Social Drinkers in the UK
Sally Adams

Presentation Downloads - Friday 17th January 2020

Keynote Speakers

The global food system is broken: What can we do to move towards more sustainable diets?
Prof Jennie Macdiarmid

The challenges of non-communicable diseases in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
Prof Andre Pascal Kenge

Prize winning presentations

A low-carbohydrate, low-energy diet for people with type 2 diabetes in primary care: a randomised controlled feasibility trial
Dr Elizabeth Morris

Associations between dual use of e-cigarettes and smoking cessation: a prospective study of smokers in England
Dr Sarah Jackson

Implementing financial incentives to improve antibiotic prescribing: a qualitative study with Clinical Commissioning Group and general practice professionals
Dr Aleksandra Borek

Parallel Session C


Embedding behavioural science in social prescribing research, policy and practice
Facilitators: Kate Hamilton-West & Sarah Hotham


Assessing patient participation, fidelity and effectiveness of a complex behavioural intervention delivered ‘at scale’: an evaluation of the NHS England Diabetes Prevention Programme

Convenor: Elaine Cameron
Discussant: Martin White

How clinician, patient and system factors influence the journey from pre-diabetic blood result to attendance on the National Diabetes Prevention Programme
Patrick Burch

Evaluation of patient participation in the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme: a prospective cohort study
Elizabeth Howarth
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Assessing fidelity of intervention design and training in the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
Elaine Cameron
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Has the National Diabetes Prevention Programme been effective in reducing diabetes? Challenges to quantifying the impact on diabetes risk
David Reeves
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Weight and obesity

Bariatric surgery and weight management programmes (WMPs) for severe obesity: the REBALANCE mixed-methods systematic review and economic evaluation
Alison Avenell

What is the content of routine weight management consultations in primary care?
Heather Tong

Exploring acceptability, participant experiences and mechanisms of action of an intervention to prevent weight gain during the Christmas holiday period (The Winter Weight Watch study): a nested qualitative study
Frances Mason

Longitudinal study to assess the association between school health promoting environments and children%u2019s dietary intake, levels of physical activity and prevalence of obesity: secondary analysis of the WAVES study
Elizabeth Garden

Smoking and smoking cessation

Agreement and disparities in the views of pregnant smokers and stop smoking practitioners on support to promote adherence to Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Lisa McDaid

Prospective study of the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging and minimum excise tax on in the UK
Rosemary Hiscock

Recruiting older smokers from deprived backgrounds for a cross-sectional population survey of factors influencing quit motivation
Pamela Smith

Evaluation of the London Smoking Cessation Transformation Programme: a time series analysis
Sarah Jackson

Pregnancy and early years

The Feasibility of Mind the Bump: a Mindfulness-based Maternal Behaviour Change Intervention
Sarah Hennelly

Maximising the ‘teachable opportunity’ to support health behaviour changes afforded by pregnancy
Sarah Peters

Promoting healthy infant feeding in primary care to prevent childhood obesity: Development of the Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) brief intervention and implementation strategy
Elaine Toomey

Development of a behaviour change intervention to support parent-dental practitioner communication to improve oral health in children
Joanna Goldthorpe

Parallel Session D


Interventions to reduce meat intake

Convenor: Natalia Lawrence
Discussant: Susan Jebb

Meat reduction: why and how?
Susan Jebb

SR of behavioural interventions to reduce meat consumption and results from a novel RCT of an intervention promoting replacement of meat with alternative plant-based products
Filippo Bianchi

Cognitive training to reduce meat intake and affective evaluations of meat
Natalia Lawrence

Consumer perceptions of cell cultured meat
Chris Bryant
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The UK school food system: opportunities to improve eating behaviours

Convenor: Jayne Woodside
Discussant: Annie Anderson

Opportunities for intervention and innovation in the UK School Food System: the GENIUS (Generating Excellent Nutrition In UK Schools) network
Jayne Woodside

Are the school food standards undermined by pupils’ food choice behaviour?
Hannah Ensaff
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Cross-sectional associations between lunch type consumed on a school day and British adolescents’ overall diet quality
Charlotte Evans
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A feasibility study exploring the effect of product placement on pupil purchases in two secondary schools in NE England
Suzanne Spence

Product labelling

Socioeconomic status and the effect of menu energy labelling vs. availability of lower energy menu options on food choice: a randomized experiment in a virtual fast food restaurant
Lucile Marty

Physical activity calorie equivalent labelling to reduce food purchasing and consumption: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled studies
Amanda Daley

Impact of health warning labels on snack selection: two online studies
Emily Pechey

What do people who use cannabis think about health information labels for legal cannabis products? Findings from the Global Drug Survey
Emma Davies

Healthcare providers

Development of an ontology characterising the 'source' delivering behaviour change interventions
Alison Wright

Using text and charts to provide social norms feedback to general practices with high overall and high broad spectrum antibiotic prescribing: A national randomized controlled trial
Natalie Gold

An organisational participatory research study of the feasibility of using BCW in healthcare teams implementing change
Lucie Byrne-Davis

The effect of social norm interventions on clinical behaviour change in health workers: systematic review and meta-analysis
Sarah Cotterill

Physical activity

Should I stay or should I go? A mixed methods, longitudinal investigation of predictors, barriers and enablers of adherence to a 12 month group-based, active ageing programme: The Retirement in ACTion [REACT] study
Janet Withall presented by Afroditi Stathi
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Developing and implementing innovative physical activity interventions for older adults: Perspectives of decision-makers and service providers in the Greater Manchester Active Ageing Programme
Rachael Powell

Using COM-B to understand physical inactivity in Doncaster as part of Sport England's Local Delivery Pilot Scheme: A large-scale survey
Martin Lamb

Exploring barriers and facilitators to physical activity in disadvantaged communities in Doncaster, UK: A qualitative study using COM-B
Martin Lamb

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via the event hotline on 01332 227770.

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Andre Kengne

Keynote Speaker
Head of Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town


Professor Jennie Macdiarmid

Keynote Speaker
Jennie is a Professor of Sustainable Nutrition and Health at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

She has a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the department of Psychology at the University of Leeds. After her PhD she worked for the International Obesity Task Force before going on to work at The Rowett Institute in Aberdeen.

Professor Bas Verplanken

Keynote Speaker
Department of Psychology, University of Bath

Bas Verplanken is professor of social psychology at the University of Bath since September 2006.

He studied, graduated and did his PhD (1989) at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

From 1990 to 1998 he was an assistant and associated professor at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and from 1998 to 2006 full professor of social psychology at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

Bas Verplanken served as Associate Editor for the British Journal of Social Psychology from 1999-2004, and for Psychology & Health from 2007-2009.


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