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 current concerns is cancer survivorship and work engagement. 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 where I am Director of the 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 Institute of Applied Health Sciences, 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 Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology, School of Medicine.

images-2Hopefully, I am a productive researcher. I have had about 5000 citations (so far) of my more substantive publications with a h-index of 37 and an i10-index of 98. Since the beginnings of my partial retirement  in 2010, I have managed an h-index of 25 and any i10-index of 53 (Google Scholar).

This is my personal and work blog. The Blog shares news of my current research, my professional activities, some of my other interests outside of sport 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 material from The OHP Review originally published as an online guide to Occupational Health Psychology.

The blog has achieved over 17,800 hits. Recently, the top 10 countries, by hits,have been the UK, USA, Brazil, Canada, Itlay, Australia, Ireland, Germany and Sweden. The blog also seems to have some appeal in countries such as Latvia, the UAE, Cyprus, Iceland, Serbia and Croatia!

The BLOG ADDRESS is: http://www.proftcox.com.
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Eulogy to Dr Eusbio (Seb) Rial Gonzalez

I delivered this eulogy to my friend and colleague Seb ~ Dr Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez ~ at the Healthy Workplace Summit 2015 in Bilbao in November.

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DECEMBER: UPDATE ESRC SEMINAR ON CANCER & EMPLOYMENT

Cancer & Employment: The Legal & Insurance
Contexts

The third ESRC funded seminar on Cancer & Employment will consider the legal and insurance industry perspectives. It will be held in the Keynes Library, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London on 21st January 2015.

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The Speakers will be: Joy Reymond, UNUM, Cerys Bratley, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Professor Tom Cox, Centre for Sustainable Working Life, Birkbeck University of London. The provisional programme is

 

Joy Reymond: Cancer & Employment: An Insurance Industry Perspective

Cery Bratley: Your Rights When Working With Cancer

Tom Cox: Cancer & Work: Thinking About Issues in Health & Safety La

The presentations are designed to provide an overview of current and future issues and stimulate subsequent group discussions. These discussions will focus on three questions:

  1. What are the key challenges that we need to address and can address?
  2. How can we use our current knowledge to meet those challenges through better systems, practices and policies?
  3. What else do we need to know?

Attendance at the seminar is free but there are limited places available.  A waiting list will be kept if the seminar is over subscribed. Registration is through Eventbrite at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/esrc-seminar-cancer-employment-the-legal-ins

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NOVEMBER: III ESRC SEMINAR ON CANCER & EMPLOYMENT

Cancer & Employment: Social Science Perspectives
The Legal & Insurance Contexts

The III ESRC funded seminar on Cancer & Employment has just been announced and online registration is now open. The seminar will focus on discussion of the legal and insurance industry perspectives. The questions posed will be: what are the current challenges of importance, how can we achieve better policies and practices to deal with those challenges and what else do we need to know to be able to do so? The seminars are designed to be both multidisciplinary and multi-professional.

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This third seminar will be held on 21st January 2016 in the Keynes Library on Gordon Square in Bloomsbury London. The Library, of historic importance, is easily accessible from Euston and St Pancras / Kings Cross mainline stations and Marylebone Station is a short walk away. It is also served by three London Underground stations: Goodge Street, Euston Square and Russell Square.

The seminar will start with three speakers who together will describe the relevant landscape of facts and challenges (morning) to stimulate subsequent group discussions (afternoon). The speakers are: Joy Reymond (UNUM), Cerys Bartley (Macmillan) and myself, Professor Tom Cox (Birkbeck).

The seminar is free and refreshments and lunch will be provided. There are a limited number of places available and so early registration is advisable. Registration will, however, remain open until 14th January 2016.

There will be further information on the seminar on the website of the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at: http://www.bb.ac.uk/cswl/ and on Twitter at @cswl_bbk.

Online registration uses EventBrite and is at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/esrc-seminar-cancer-employment-the-legal-insurance-contexts-tickets-19532135142
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JUNE: PAPER TO BE INCLUDED IN NEW ACADEMIC WORK

PSYCHOLOGICAL RESILIENCE & WELLBEING by PALMER AND GYLLENSTEN: SAGE

69272_9781473912120SAGE are preparing a new academic work, Psychological Resilience & Wellbeing, edited by Stephen Palmer and Kristina Gyllensten, Centre for Stress Management in London, which will be published next month (July 2015) as of the SAGE Library in Mental Health. Apparently, this work will be printed in three volumes with an introduction by the Editors.

Our paper on evaluating organisational-level work stress interventions: beyond traditional methods is to be included. This paper was first published in Work & Stress in 2007 (21, 348-362). 

Without knowing the context of its publication, we are, at this point, somewhat flattered.
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JUNE: NEW PUBLICATION

ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIALLY STRESSFUL WORK AND ORGANISATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS: THEORY AND METHOD

Unknown-1The Fourth Edition of the substantial text The Evaluation of Human Work has just been published edited by the late John Wilson and by Sarah Sharples. This book stands as a testament to John Wilson’s contribution over many years to ergonomics and human factors both in this country and abroad. Sadly, John passed away before this fourth edition was printed. He is and will continue to be sorely missed.

UnknownOur chapter in the Fourth Edition is on the theoretical framework for the assessment of potentially stressful work and organisational environments and includes an overview of the methods that might be best used. It is a substantive update of our earlier contributions.

It might be cited as: Cox, T., and Griffiths, A. (2015) Assessment of potentially stressful work and organisational environments: theory and methods. In: J. Wilson & S. Sharples (eds) Evaluation of Human Work: Fourth Edition. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis: London.

My thanks to John Wilson and Sarah Sharples and to Amanda Griffiths for their help in crafting this chapter through to completion. I hope that John would have been happy with it.
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MAY: NEW PUBLICATION

THE INFLUENCE OF NURSING TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP STYLE ON THE QUALITY OF NURSES’ WORKING LIVES IN TAIWAN: A CROSS-SECTIONAL QUANTITATIVE STUDY

UnknownOur paper describing a quantitative study of the effects of a transformational leadership style, within nursing, on nurses’ working lives has been published in BMC Nursing. The study was carried out with a sample of nurses working in Taiwan. The journal is Open Access and does not yet have an impact factor.

The paper can be cited as: Lin P-Y, MacLennan, S,  Hunt, N, and Cox, T. (2015) The influences of nursing transformational leadership style on the quality of nurses’ working lives in Taiwan: a cross-sectional quantitative study. BMC Nursing, 14:33 DOI 10.1186/s12912-015-0082-x.

Our thanks to Ping-Yi Lin for persevering with this paper and seeing it through to publication.
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MAY: GARDEN PARTY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

AN AFTERNOON AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE: HRM GARDEN PARTY

IMG_2527On 12th May, Sue and I were invited to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace by the Lord Chamberlain on behalf of the Queen. The weather was unexpectedly good and the event most enjoyable with no repetition of ‘raspberry-gate’ on my part. The primary invitation was Sue’s in recognition of her contribution to the business community and the economy through her work in business and management education.

IMG_2538Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s, when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as ‘breakfasts’ although they took place in the afternoon. In the 1950s, the number of garden parties held at Buckingham Palace was increased to three a year. They took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes and have evolved into a way of rewarding and recognising public service. They are attended by people from all walks of life.
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APRIL: NEW PUBLICATION

MEDICAL STUDENTS’ AND DOCTORS’ ATTITUDES TOWARD OLDER PATIENTS AND THEIR CARE IN HOSPITAL SETTINGS: A CONCEPTUALISATION

Unknown-1Our paper describing a qualitative study of medical students’ and doctors’ attitudes toward older patients and their health care in hospital settings is to be published in Age & Ageing. The journal has a 2014 impact factor of 3.107 and a 5-Year impact factor of 4.120. Its website is: http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org.

The paper can be cited as: Samra, R., Griffiths, A., Cox, T., Conroy, S.,Gordon, A.L. and Gladman, J.R.F. (In Press) Exploring the lack of interest in geriatric medicine. Age & Ageing. (further publication information will be provided as available).

Our thanks as always to Raj Samra for persevering with this paper and seeing it through to publication.
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ARPIL: NEW REVIEW ON CANCER SURVIVORSHIP, PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS & EMPLOYMENT

A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW PUBLISHED ON EFFECTIVENESS OF PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS WITH CANCER SURVIVORS TO PROMOTE EMPLOYMENT

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A systematic review by Carlton Fong, Kathleen Murphy, John Westbrook and Minda Markle on psychosocial interventions to facilitate employment outcomes for cancer survivors has been recently been published by the Campbell Collaboration. On the basis of their study applying random-effects meta-analysis using odds ratio effect sizes, the authors drew the following conclusions:

“This review highlights the positive effect psychosocial interventions may have on employment outcomes for cancer survivors. However, the methodological shortcomings of the included studies overall makes it likely that there is bias in the results and too few studies to provide sufficiently strong evidence to recommend particular practices. This review brings attention to the need for additional rigorous studies in this area, in particular, randomized controlled trials with more detailed reporting of data and study design and methodology.”

The reference is:

Fong, C.J., Murphy, K., Westbrook, J.D., and Markle, M (2015) Behavioural, psychological, educational and vocational interventions to facilitate employment outcomes for cancer survivors: A systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 11, Issue 5.

Campbell Systematic Reviews is the peer-reviewed online monograph series of systematic reviews prepared under the editorial control of the Campbell Collaboration. Campbell systematic reviews follow structured guidelines and standards for summarizing the international research evidence on the effects of interventions in crime and justice, education, international development, and social welfare.

The publication may be accessed at: http://campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/225/
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APRIL: ESRC SEMINAR ON CANCER & EMPLOYMENT

FIRST ESRC DISCUSSION SEMINAR ON CANCER & EMPLOYMENT: THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE PERSON WITH CANCER AND THEIR FAMILY

Unknown-3The first Discussion Seminar in our ESRC Seminar Series on Cancer & Employment was held, as planned, on Tuesday 21st April in the Institute of Medical Science, University of Aberdeen and hosted by the Academic Unit of Urology. Our thanks go to Dr Sara MacLennan and Sarah Murdoch (Academic Urology Unit (AUU), Aberdeen) who organised the meeting. It was well attended attracting many of the key people and organisations in NE Scotland concerned with dealing with the issues associated cancer and employment.

images-3The seminar focused on three things: (1) better understanding these issues through the lens of those with cancer and their families, (2) translating our current knowledge into policy and practice (broadly defined) and (3) identifying gaps in our current knowledge that hinder moving quickly from research into action. Framing this seminar, and those that will follow in the series, is a desire to build a network of interested and informed colleagues who will work together to promote the area and to build capability by encouraging and mentoring those early in their careers. At this early stage in the project’s development, a network of some 50 people is emerging.

IMG_2273The morning session was introduced by Dr Sara MacLennan who gave a short presentation on the ESRC Seminar Series project. She then gave an informed overview of some of the likely issues based on her own research in the NHS Grampian region with a focus on the SCOT-PAIS: Better Ways Initiative that is funded by UCAN and Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland. She then introduced the guest speakers: Dr Gail Eva (Clinical Sciences, Brunel) and Dr Fehmidah Munir (Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough) both respected researchers in psychosocial oncology. They illustrated the area, our knowledge of it and its challenges with reference to their own research. The three presentations will be made available through the AUU website and will also be accessible through the website of the Centre for Sustainable Working Life (CSWL), Birkbeck University of London.

The afternoon session, chaired by Professor Tom Cox (CSWL, Birkbeck University of London) was given over to group discussions which proved lively, constructive and informative as witnessed in the final feedback and plenary session.

The later feedback on the seminar itself was uniformly positive and very encouraging. The information gleaned during the day and the learning points to be taken from the meeting will be discussed by the Managing Team and then discussed in the second Development Seminar. The second Discussion Seminar will be held in Newcastle on 9th July and will look at the issues involved in cancer and employment from the economic perspective. Further information from: Dr Heather Brown (Institute of Health & Society, University of Newcastle: heather.brown@newcastle.ac.uk).

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