THIS BLOG

MP120111AH2_029-1I am Tom Cox: I am an organizational psychologist of some experience broadly specialising in occupational health issues relating to work, health and the sustainability of working life. One of my particular concerns is cancer survivorship and working life.

I hold Chairs at three universities. My primary affiliation is with Birkbeck University of London where I hold the Chair of Occupational Health Psychology & Management and am Director of he Centre for Sustainable Working Life (CSWL) in the School of Business, Economics & Informatics. I am also heavily involved in the METIS Collaboration as its Co Director. METIS is hosted at the University of Aberdeen by the Academic Urology Unit in the School of Medicine & Dentistry. I hold an Honorary Chair in Psychosocial Oncology at that University. Last but not least, I have an Emeritus Chair in Organizational Psychology at the University of Nottingham in the Department of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology.

This is my personal and work blog. The Blog shares news of my current research, my professional activities and opinions, my other interests and my travels. It also copies in my Twitter accounts which are focused on Economic & Political News and Occupational & Public Health News and RSS feeds in my areas of interest. The Blog incorporates some material from The OHP Review which I originally published as an online guide to Occupational Health Psychology.

imagesThe blog has achieved over 12,600 hits. Recently, the main ones have been the UK and Australia, then the USA, Taiwan, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany. However, the blog also seems to have some appeal in countries such as Serbia, Croatia, the Yemen, Tanzania, Iraq and Afghanistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam!

The BLOG ADDRESS is: http://www.proftcox.com.
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SEPTEMBER: NEW PUBLICATION

HUGHES SYNDROME & QUALITY OF LIFE

UnknownWe have had our empirical paper on Antiphospholipid (Hughes) syndrome: description of population and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) using the SF-36  accepted for publication in LUPUS (SAGE Publications). The journal’s impact factor is: 2.481. It is ranked 15th out of 30 Rheumatology journals. The paper can be cited as:

GeorgopoulouS., Efraimidou, S., MacLennan, SJ., Ibrahim, F and Cox, T. (in press) Antiphospholipid (Hughes) syndrome: description of population and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) using the SF-36. LUPUS.

My particular thanks go to Sofia Georgopoulou for crafting this paper through and to all my other colleagues at Kings College and Aberdeen University who were involved.
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SEPTEMBER: NEW ESRC GRANT

ESRC SEMINAR SERIES: SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF THOSE WITH CANCER: PSYCHOSOCIAL;, ORGANIZATIONAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES

8-2754esrc-logoWe have been awarded one of the new ESRC Seminar Series grants to discuss the psychosocial, organisational and economic issues that relate to the employment of those with cancer. The grant has been awarded to the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck University of London working with the Academic Urology Unit, University of Aberdeen, and the Institute of Health & Society, University of Newcastle, with the support of other bodies. It is part of The METIS Collaboration’s programme of work. It covers a three year programme of seminars, discussion groups and internet-based networking. My thanks to my colleagues who helped put together this successful application especially Dr Sara MacLennan and Professor Phillip Dewe.

This blog (and the Centre’s web page) will carry more details of the developing programme as they emerge but will welcome all expressions of interest to: t.cox@bbk.ac.uk.

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LOOKING FORWARD: IPOS 2014 LISBON

16th WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY : LISBON

01-IPOSThe International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is holding its 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Lisbon, Portugal, 20-24 October 2014. IPOS is partnered by  the Portuguese Psycho-Oncology Society (SPPO), the Portuguese Academy of Psycho-Oncology (APPO), the Portuguese Society of Studies in Onco-Psychology (SPEPO), and VIVA Mulher Viva Association (VMVA). The 16th World Congress will also mark the 30th Anniversary of IPOS.

The meeting will explore new and innovative paths in addressing the Congress theme: Integrating Psycho-Oncology into Mainstream Cancer Care: From Research to Action.

UnknownAs part of the Congress, Phyllis Butow (University of Sydney) has organised a symposium on Stress and Burnout in Oncology Health Professionals. I will be one of her speakers presenting an Overview on Stress, Coping and Health in Oncology Nurses. The paper will be presented on behalf of my colleagues in the METIS Collaboration including Phillip Dewe, Sara MacLennan and Juliert Hassard.
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NEW JOURNAL: BURNOUT RESEARCH

A NEW JOURNAL IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY: BURNOUT RESEARCH (ELSEVIER).

729343Burnout Research is a peer-reviewed international journal aimed at presenting basic, translational and clinical high-quality research related to the phenomenon of burnout. As the first journal dedicated to understanding the causes of burnout and potential solutions to the problem, Burnout Research welcomes original research articles, review articles, case reports, and opinion pieces. The journal is an Open Access journal.

The goal of the journal is to publish the top research in three major areas: (1) Cutting-edge research that lays out new directions for the burnout field, including new research paradigms and measures, new theoretical models, and new collaborations between researchers and practitioners; (2) Critical reviews that provide comprehensive and integrative analyses of key themes (such as cultural or occupational differences in burnout), or meta-analyses of major datasets; and (3) Translational research studies that assess promising interventions for preventing burnout and building engagement.

E9E3BC7E-5056-8600-6C07A9CC9FC1A21B-Christina_MaslachIts Editors are Christina Maslach and Micheal Leiter. I am a member of its Editorial Board along with Arnold Bakker, Evangelia Demerouti, Jose Maria Peiro and Wilmat Schaufeli and others. The journal’s home page is: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/burnout-research

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JUNE: JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

NEW EDITOR CONFIRMED FOR THE JOURNAL: PETER CHEN

Peter Chen, currently Professor of Management at the International Graduate School of Business University of South Australia, has been appointed as the nextEditor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. The journal will be, once again, in very good handstand we wish him well.

Peter ChenPeter is a well known, respected and liked figure in occupational health psychology worldwide. He obtained his doctoral degree at the University of South Florida in the early 1990s and, prior to taking his current position at the University of South Australia, he was a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University, and the Director of its Occupational Health Psychology training program. He has been President of US Society for Occupational Health Psychology and an Associate Editor of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

In August, Peter moves to back to the USA to the Department of Psychology at Auburn University, Alabama. For more information on Peter access: http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/staff/Homepage.asp?Name=peter.chen
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JUNE: KNIGHTHOOD FOR PROFESSOR CARY COOPER CBE

QUEENS’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS: PROFESSOR CARY COOPER KNIGHTED.
From Hi Cary! to Arise Professor Sir Cary Cooper: Congratulations.

UnknownEach year, on two occasions, HM Queen Elizabeth honours distinguished citizens of the UK through a series of civil awards, MBE, OBE and CBE, with the highest honour being a Knighthood (Kt). In this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, Her Majesty announced the award of a knighthood to our friend and colleague, Professor Cary Cooper CBE for his services to the social sciences. This is an outstanding achievement and one that is both well-earned and deserved. We congratulate him whole heartedly.

The full list of knighthoods is available on the web at: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jun/13/queens-birthday-honours-knights. Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology & Health in Lancaster University Management School (LUMS).  You can access his biography at: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/people/all/cary-cooper
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MAY: PSYCHOSOCIAL ONCOLOGY IN PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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APRIL: EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY LONDON CONFERENCE

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11th EAOHP Conference London 2014: Looking at the Past ~ Planning for the
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The EAOHP’s London Conference 2014 was hosted by Birkbeck University of London and held from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th April largely in Senate House.

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 with Professor Robert Karasek and Professor Johannes Siegrist (left) and Keynote addresses by Professor Tom Cox CBE and Professor Eva Demerouti (right). The Conference Dinner, was held in the Houses of Parliament on the evening of Tuesday 15th April.

On Tuesday 14th April, I was awarded a Fellowship of the European Academy with an introductory address by Professor Phillip Dewe, Vice- Master of Birkbeck. In accepting this honour, I presented my Keynote on  “The UK Management Standards: Looking Forward, Looking Back“. The following day, as one of the closing presentations of the Conference, I presented a paper on the work of The METIS Collaboration on behalf of my colleagues Dr Sara MacLennan and Sarah Murdoch (Scott): ” Surviving Cancer and Working Life“.

Over all, the Conference was judged to be one of the most successful held by the European Academy. Further information on the 2014 Conference and on future conferences can be accessed at: http://www.eaohp.org.

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APRIL: ANNUAL CONFERENCE ~ BRITISH OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENE SOCIETY

KEYNOTE: PSYCHOSOCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEE HEALTH: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

UnknownThe Annual Conference of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) is being held at Nottingham Trent University‘s Conference Centre in the heart of the City (8th – 10th April). On the final day, I am presenting a Keynote on Psychosocial Risk Management: Past, Present & Future. This paper will focus on the arguments underpinning the development of the UK Management Standards by the Health & Safety Executive, their current usage and their future development in a time of economic uncertainty and changing strategies for workplace health.

I will be speaking at 13.25 hr on Thursday 10th April.

More information on the Conference at: http://www.bohs.org/OH2014lineup/
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APRIL: CHANGING PROSPECTS FOR CANCER

NEW MODELS OF AFTERCARE FOR THOSE LIVING WITH AND BEYOND CANCER

thA one-day conference on the Changing Prospects for Cancer is being held on Friday 4th April at the New Lowry, Salford Keys, Greater Manchester. It is being organised by The Christie School of Oncology with support from Macmillan Cancer Support and the University of Salford. The programme offered is both important and challenging to established ways of thinking in the light of current advances in diagnosis, treatment and, particularly, aftercare.

There is a Panel Session at midday (12.30 – 13.30) focused on the emerging model of supported self-management and the empowerment of patients

Without prejudging the questions to be put to the Panel, we (the METIS Collaboration) would argue the need to provide patients with evidence-based but emphatically delivered and consistent advice and information in order to ensure empowerment. We think that this is particularly important with regards engagement with work. For this to happen, the key players in terms of diagnosis, treatment and aftercare and of work engagement must themselves be ‘informed’ and must also communicate within and between their respective groups. Our view is being shaped through research that we are carrying out, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland and by UCAN, on the design of a new Patient Advice and Information System for those with urological cancers in the NHS Grampian region (SCOT-PAIS). This project involves my colleagues Dr Sara MacLennan and Sarah Scott.

More information on the Conference at: http://www.christie.nhs.uk/media/438904/140404_changing_prospects_in_cancer.pdf

Photograph attributed to FreeFoto.com with thanks.
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