• Establishing the reach of the Cheshire Children's Fund April 2005 - March 2006: Database development and implementation

      Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-10)
      This project report discusses the development of a system that identified individual service users from a selected number of Cheshire Children's Fund services chosen to provide electronic data to allow detailed analysis. The majority of services asked to provide electronic data returns were either based in schools or with serivces which were providing support to schools.
    • Estimates of Energy Intake and Expenditure in Elite Female Touch Players During an International Tournament

      Marsh, Nicola; Dobbin, Nick; Twist, Craig; Curtis, Chris; St Mary’s University; University of Chester (Human Kinetics, 2017-12)
      This study assessed energy intake and expenditure of international female Touch players during an international tournament. Energy intake (food diary) and expenditure (accelerometer, global positioning system) were recorded for 16 female Touch players during a four-day tournament, competing in 8.0 ± 1.0 matches; two on days one, two and four, and three on day three. Total daily energy expenditure (43.6 ± 3.1 Kcal.kg-1 body mass (BM)) was not different (P > 0.05) from energy intake (39.9 ± 9.4 Kcal.kg-1 BM). Carbohydrate intakes were below current recommendations (6-10 g.kg-1 BM) on days one (4.4 ± 0.6 g.kg-1 BM) and three (4.7 ± 1.0 g.kg-1 BM) and significantly below (P < 0.05) on day two (4.1 ± 1.0 g.kg-1 BM). Protein and fat intakes were consistent with recommendations (protein; 1.2 - 2.0 g.kg-1 BM, fat; 20 - 35 % total Kcal) across days one to three (protein; 1.9 ± 0.8, 2.2 ± 0.8 & 2.0 ± 0.7 g.kg-1 BM, fat; 35.6 ± 6.8, 38.5 ± 6.4 & 35.9 ± 5.4 % total Kcal). Saturated fat intakes were greater (P < 0.05) than recommendations (10 % total Kcal) on days one to three (12.4 ± 2.9, 14.2 ± 5.1 & 12.7 ± 3.5 % total Kcal). On average, female Touch players maintained energy balance. Carbohydrate intakes appeared insufficient and might have contributed to the reduction (P < 0.05) in high-intensity running on day three. Further research might investigate the applicability of current nutrition recommendations and the role of carbohydrate in multi-match, multi-day tournaments.
    • Europeanisation, Bosman and the financial 'crisis' in English professional football: Some sociological comments

      Platts, Chris; Smith, Andy (2007-04)
      This paper discusses an sociological explaination as to the extent to which Europeanisation process, among others, have contributed to an increasingly unequal concentration of financial resources among a small number of English football clubs. The impact of the Bosman case is discussed.
    • Europeanisation, Bosman and the financial 'crisis' in English professional football: some sociological comments

      Platts, Chris; Smith, Andy (2007-05)
      This paper discusses an sociological explaination as to the extent to which Europeanisation process, among others, have contributed to an increasingly unequal concentration of financial resources among a small number of English football clubs. The impact of the Bosman case is discussed.
    • Evaluation of a multi-factorial falls prevention service

      Caiels, James; Thurston, Miranda; University of Chester (02/11/2005)
    • An evaluation of Advice 4 Youth: A health and support service for young people

      Perry, Catherine; Jones, Jenny; Thurston, Miranda; Chester College of Higher Education (Chester College of Higher Education, 2000-12)
      This report discusses and evaluates the work of Advice 4 Youth - in particular it seeks to develop effective and efficient systems for routine data collection, provide data on uptake of services by young people, analyse data to reveal a pattern of useage in relation to key variables, and assess the general progress of Advice 4 Youth.
    • Evaluation of heat shock protein 70 as a biomarker of environmental stress in Fucus serratus and Lemna minor

      Ireland, H. Elyse; Harding, Steve J.; Bonwick, Graham A.; Jones, Michael; Smith, Christopher J.; Williams, John H. H.; University College Chester (Taylor & Francis, 2004-03)
      Heat shock proteins (Hsps) are known to be induced in response to short-term stress. The present study aimed to evaluate the potential of Hsp70 as a biomarker of stress produced by increased temperature, osmotic pressure, and exposure to cadmium and sodium chloride in marine macroalgae and fresh water plant species. An indirect competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (IC-ELISA) was developed with a working range of 0.025-10 μg ml-1 using a monoclonal antibody raised against purified Hsp70 of Phaseolus aureus (mung bean). Fucus serratus (toothed wrack), Chondrus crispus (Stackhouse or Carrageen moss), Ulva lactuca (sea lettuce) and Lemna minor (common duckweed) sample extracts were stressed for up to 24 h and then tested in the IC-ELISA. The presence of Hsp70 and cross-reactivity of the monoclonal antibody was confirmed by Western blot. The heat shock response was confirmed in each species using a 2-h 42°C treatment. Following heat shock, Hsp70 concentrations increased to a peak at 2 h (F. serratus) or 4 h (L. minor), after which concentrations decreased. Osmotic and cadmium stresses also resulted in elevated Hsp70 concentrations in samples of F. serratus and L. minor when compared with unstressed controls. In both, osmotic and metal stress, the production of Hsp70 increased to a maximum and subsequently decreased as the stressor levels increased. Results suggest that Hsp70 IC-ELISA could potentially be applied to the detection of stress in these aquatic species, although it would probably be most effective when used in conjunction with other measurements to provide a stressor-specific biomarker profile or fingerprint.
    • An evaluation of Pennies and Pounds: A financial literacy service commissioned by Sure Start Winsford

      Davies, Sarah; Thurston, Miranda; University College Chester (University College Chester, 2005-10)
      This report evaluates the Pennies and Pounds project which supports people who have questions about any aspect of managing their money. It is run by Vale Royal Citizen's Advice Bureau and funded by Sure Start Winsford. The evaluation aims to investigate access to the services provided, describe the implementation of the service, and explore the impact of the service on its users.
    • An evaluation of Synergy: A young person's health support service

      Jones, Jenny; Perry, Catherine; Thurston, Miranda; Chester College of Higher Education (Chester College of Higher Education, 2000-06)
      This report discusses Synergy - an 'information shop' multi-agency advice and information support service for young people based in Runcorn Old Town.
    • An evaluation of the 'Living with Cancer' project: Using neuro-linguistic programming techniques to maximise the coping strategies of carers and patients living with cancer in Ellesmere Port

      Sargent, Penny; Thurston, Miranda; Kirby, Karen; University College Chester (Chester: University College Chester, 2004, 2004-03)
      The 'Living with cancer' project aimed to improve communication, relationship, and coping skills of health professionals, cancer patients and their carers in Ellesmere Port. The project delivered NLP Diploma training to 55 health professionals between April 2001-March 2004.
    • Evaluation of the Branches project: A family support service in Halton

      Artaraz, Kepa; Thurston, Miranda; University College Chester (University College Chester, 2005-07)
      The Branches project is a family support service funded by Halton's Children and Young People's strategic partnership. The study aims to explore the theoretical rationale and understanding of the service, explore professionals' understandings of 'parenting' and 'family support', analyse the experiences of service users, and explore the impact of the service on children and families.
    • An evaluation of the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network 'Drink a Little Less, See a Better You' social marketing campaign

      Thurston, Miranda; Alford, Simon; Hughes, Deanna; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-07)
      Drink a Little Less, See a Better You: The NHS Health Check and Wind Down initiative is a social marketing campaign designed to reduce alcohol harm in the target group - men between the ages of 35-55 years - in the pub setting. In order to understand the impact of this initiative, the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network commissioned the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester to carry out an evaluation.
    • Evaluation of the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network Continuing Professional Development Programme 2009

      McKay, Jane; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-07)
      The Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network conducts a programme of continuing professional development through the year. The Centre for Public Health Research was commissioned to carry out an evaluation of the 2009 continuing professional development programme.
    • An evaluation of the Cheshire Sexual Health Promotion project

      Perry, Catherine; Thurston, Miranda; Killey, Mona (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2005-11)
      This project report discusses an evaluation study of the Sexual Health Promotion project in Cheshire, which ran from 2000 to 2004.
    • Evaluation of the Dads group at Blacon Children's Centre

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; Mann, Frances; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-04)
      This study was designed to evaluate Blacon Children’s Centre Dads Group. A mixed method approach was used, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods. Through combining the findings from the various sources, some key issues were identified, as well as areas for development. Nearly all of the dads who were attending the Dads Group, along with all of the regular service providers, participated in this study, and thus the findings should accurately reflect perceptions of the service.
    • An evaluation of the delivery and outcomes of Halton Lodge Children's Centre's French language teaching service: La Petite Ecole

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-07)
      This was an exploratory study designed to provide an overview of the processes and outcomes of the La Petite École service, to aid Halton Lodge Children's Centre staff in deciding future strategy with regard to language teaching activity. A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods were employed. The evaluation found evidence that the La Petite École service at Halton Lodge Children’s Centre was meeting its aims and objectives. The La Petite École service provides opportunities for enjoyable and shared experiences leading to the learning of basic French vocabulary for both children and adults.
    • An evaluation of the Gay and Lesbian Youth Support Services (GLYSS) in Halton and Warrington

      Perry, Catherine; Thurston, Miranda; Chester College of Higher Education (Chester College of Higher Education, 2001-03)
      This report evaluates the work of GLYSS - a multi-agency project involving youth, health, education and social services, and explores perceptions of the GLYSS project.
    • Evaluation of the pop in service in the Sure Start Blacon area

      Pearson, Charlotte; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University College Chester, 2005-07)
      This project report discusses an evaluation of the pop in service in the Sure Start Blacon area carried out between April-October 2004.
    • An evaluation of the Sure Start Widnes Trailblazer pampering group

      Perry, Catherine; Alexander, Denise (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2005-09)
      This project report discusses an evaluation of the pampering group of the Widnes Sure Start Widnes Trailblazer programme. The pampering group is a weekly service of health and beauty tratments to parents and parents-to-be, as well as informal advice from other parents and professionals about childbirth and child rearing in order to support parents during pregnancy and a baby's first year.
    • An evaluation of the Wallasey Heart Centre

      Perry, Catherine; Kirby, Karen; Jones, Jenny; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, Chester College of Higher Education, 2003-01)
      This project report discusses an evaluation of Wallasey Heart Centre, an intermediate cardiovascular clinic designed to provide accessible high-quality patient care to an area with a high prevalence of of coronary heart disease and poor access to existing secondary care services. The service began in October 2000 with funding for three years. The views of local GPs, local cardiologists, and Wallasey Heart Centre staff and patients were sought.