The Winter Edition

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Season's Greetings
Catherine, Sue and the team at PHAST wish you all the very best for the Christmas holiday and a peaceful new Year in 2016.

We recognise what a difficult time public health is having at the moment, so please remember we are always happy to talk through problems and issues. One of the main reasons we set up PHAST is to value all our colleagues who aim to improve health and reduce inequalities because it is easy to say but difficult to action. 
It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to those who are less fortunate and we wonder how we can help. PHAST associates donate their time and we keep all costs to a minimum so we are able to support charitable projects in the UK and internationally.

Some of these projects include the Climate Change and Health Council, the Living Well centre in London, Soundabout, Onyx Art Therapy (more on this below) as well as community projects in Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Gambia.  

By working with us you are supporting healthier outcomes for everybody as well as supporting several good causes.  If you would like to donate to our public health charitable work or find out more about any of the initiatives above, click here.  In the meantime we are looking forward to seeing you on December 10th for the final Friends & Associates meeting of 2015.
Successful European Parliament Bid
We start with some good news...We have just received notification that PHAST, in partnership with Optimity Advisors, have been successful in our bid to the European Parliament for the provision of external expertise in the field of Public Health impact assessment and evaluation. Our partnership is as one of five contractors in the framework contract. 

The Onyx Art Therapy Project has been an incredible success over the last 7 months; it is an Art Therapy group programme supporting women prisoners from overseas in HMP Holloway. The project encourages group members to develop their creativity and visual language within a safe and therapeutic space, creating a rich dialogue of cultural exchange whilst employing therapeutic principles. The project assists the women to support and improve their well-being whilst in prison. It aims to reduce the risk of reoffending upon release by offering a space in which participants can process emotions and past trauma through art making and group processes.
The Onyx Art Therapy Project commenced following a successful pilot project. The project will be evaluated upon completion and may be used to inform further therapeutic intervention of this kind with women prisoners from overseas. The project is run by qualified Art Psychotherapists and is supported by PHAST, Feminist Review Trust as well as the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. 
Time to choose your Christmas Cards

PHAST Associate Tasmin Pyper has designed these original festive cards with all profits going directly to support a community health project for women in The Gambia.  Tasmin and associate Jenny Sawyer are part of a team that work in deprived communities with a focus on training women to cascade accurate knowledge addressing maternal and child health.  If you like the look of these designs and wish to support this fantastic cause, please visit
Please remember PHAST is here to promote public health and provide high quality public health consultancy, training and support.  If you have any questions, please do contact the management team.

Best Regards and all the best for 2016,
The PHAST team.

2016 Training Timetable

For your 2016 diary and training budget planning we are delighted to share with you our 2016 training and workshop timetable. See our website for more details.
22nd January           Influencing without Authority

5th February            Achieving Value in Hellish Times

4th March                 Obesity – Prevention and Intervention

16th March               Transformational Leadership

18th March               Introduction to Report Writing

1st April                   Social Media with Confidence – An Introduction

8th April                   Health Promotion Masterclass

15th April                 Advanced Report Writing

22nd  April               Getting to Grips with your own Career Development        

13th May                  Media Training Masterclass

20th May                  Infographics – Visualising your data for maximum impact

3rd June                   Social Media with Confidence – Advanced

10th June                  Creating and Presenting a Business Case

Further information to follow but please do let Marion know at if any of these workshops are of interest.
Our final PHAST Associates meeting of 2015 will include presentations followed by sparkling Christmas Drinks

The PHAST Christmas Associates meeting at the Kings Fund will be held on 10th December. We are delighted to announce guest speaker; Sir J.A Muir Gray CBE covering "The Future of Healthcare 2025".

Sir Muir Gray is the Director of Better Value Healthcare, adviser to Public Health England and Chair of the NHS Health and Social Care Digital Service (responsible for maintaining the NHS Choices website).
We will also be joined by Air Vice Marshal Aroop Mozumder presenting a piece on "War, Disasters and Public Health" as well as Sue Burke alongside Rohan Corbyn who will bring to life the GEN initiative in the Tijara Block.

Followed by mince pies and sparkling Christmas drinks.

This meeting is an opportunity to gain your CPD points. It is a free event open to all PHAST friends and associates, however, places are limited, reserve your place with Grant by emailing him on
For Christmas this year, why not buy friends and family a handmade gift that will help villagers from Tiara. More on our web page

2016 Dates for Diary
These are pending final confirmation but in order to facilitate your diary planning for 2016;

Wednesday 16 March - PHAST Associates Meeting - Kings Fund  
Saturday 18 June - PHAST Summer BBQ 
21 September & 7 December - PHAST Associates Meeting 

Latest Interim Opportunities with PHAST

Apply today to join our database of Public Health Consultants, we have a growing network of providers looking for high quality interim staff.


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