David's Blog

A blog to promote debate and discussion around current issues of interest to the network. David MacKintosh, one of the founders of the network, writes a weekly piece, posted here. We also invite contributions to the blog from others with ideas and opinions on issues relating to health behaviours and urban health and wellbeing. If you would like to contribute, please send your post to us for consideration at [email protected] and if accepted for publication, it will be posted here on the GPHN website as well as included in the weekly GPHN alerts sent to those in the network.

David’s blog #57: Smoke fuelled anger

7 Dec 2020 • David MacKintosh

Stigma and a lack of empathy are normally seen as a bad thing when it comes to trying to tackle major social or health issues. Certainly, a public display of disdain towards those who use drugs...


David’s blog #56: Devotion, Creativity and Doing Less Harm

30 Nov 2020 • David MacKintosh

I am sure that, like many of you, much of my working life has been spent in meetings. Even a global pandemic doesn’t halt the cycle of meetings – it just means we get to see inside the homes...


David’s blog #55: Within Walls

23 Nov 2020 • David MacKintosh

A recent news story caught my eye. It stated that, according to the Prison Officers’ Association (the union which represents prison officers in England and Wales), prisons were safer due to th...


David’s blog #54: Family Fortunes

11 Nov 2020 • David MacKintosh

Over the last twenty years I have had the privilege to meet and work with several amazing parents and carers who have experienced bereavement because of drug or alcohol use. Many have sought ...


Guest Blogger – Rankin Barr – How Covid Broke the Mould?

3 Nov 2020 • David MacKintosh

On 18th of March 2020 in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Hub for the homeless, a male rough sleeper rocked off the streets with the first recognisable symptoms of Covid 19. Before lockdown, before pathw...


David's blog #53: Annual Rituals

2 Nov 2020 • David MacKintosh

Here in England the nights are drawing in. Despite the Covid restrictions, there are decorations going up outside many homes, shops are selling fake blood and scary costumes, and pumpkins sal...


David's blog #52: To Beat A Virus

26 Oct 2020 • David MacKintosh

The UK, like much of the world, is having to reimpose major restrictions on how we live. Community and business sectors which were hoping that the worst was behind them are having to face a fut...


David's blog #51: A Tale of Two Buses

5 Oct 2020 • David MacKintosh

I hope for forgiveness with this rather personal posting, but the last few weeks have provided me with a new perspective on access to care for our older citizens. It has highlighted that ther...


David's blog #50: Making Space for Magic

7 Sep 2020 • David MacKintosh

This year seems certain to stick in our collective memory. We are experiencing a global pandemic where many countries’ health systems have been challenged, and in some cases overwhelmed. Massiv...


David’s blog #49.9: An Art that Requires Attention Over Talent, Spirit Over Ego, Others Over Self

18 Aug 2020 • David MacKintosh

I hope this finds everyone coping in the environment of ongoing restrictions and exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in. The challenges we are all dealing with are significant and for s...