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 11,800 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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BREAKING NEWS

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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BREAKING NEWS: 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 next Editor 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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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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RUMOURS OF MY DEMISE ARE GREATLY EXAGGERATED!

STILL HERE: RETURNING TO THE BLOG

DSCN2530I have been away from my blog for several months pleasantly engaged in family and professional matters. It is now time for me to return and catch up on events since late April and early May. Much as happened including: births and weddings, trips abroad (including Western Australia), conferences and meetings, and more. I will try to mention the more interesting of these over the next 2 weeks.

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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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MARCH: PRESENTATION ON SURVIVING CANCER AND WORK AT BIRKBECK

SEMINAR @ BIRKBECK’S DEPARTMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: CANCER SURVIVORSHIP AND WORKING LIFE (25th March 2014)

I presented a paper on ‘Cancer survivorship and working life‘ as part of the seminar programme run by the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck University of London on Tuesday 25th March. My presentation introduced the METIS Collaboration as a core part of the initial research programme of the Centre for Sustainable Working Life, School of Business, Economics and Informatics, at Birkbeck.

thThe management of the health of working people was one of the key areas of sustainable work identified by the Swedish Presidency of the European Union at its 2009 Conference in Stockholm. With an increasing number of employees surviving cancer, successfully managing their re-engagement with work becomes an important challenge not only for them and their families but also for their healthcare professionals and employers and work colleagues.

mac workMy presentation described the work of the METIS Collaboration in this area and talked through one of its current research projects: SCOT-PAIS. This project is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland and by UCAN. Its objective is the design of a new patient advice and information system for those with urological cancer in the NE Scotland. I happily acknowledge the work and support of my two colleagues in Aberdeen where the project is based: Dr Sara MacLennan and Sarah Scott.
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MARCH: NEW CHAIR IN WORK, HEALTH & POLICY

NEW CHAIR AWARDED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM IN WORK, HEALTH & POLICY

 UnknownDr Stavroula Leka has been awarded a Chair in Work, Health & Policy in the Department of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology at the University of Nottingham. Dr Leka is Director of the Nottingham University’s Centre for Organizational Health & Development which is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health.

Dr Leka studied Psychology at the American College of Greece, followed by postgraduate studies (MSc and PhD) in Occupational Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham. She is Chartered Psychologist. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH).

Dr Leka is also a member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP) and Chair of ICOH’s Scientific Committee on  ‘Work Organization & Psychosocial Factors’.

Unknown-1Her research interests lie in the translation of occupational health and safety policy and knowledge into practice, in psychosocial risk management and in the promotion of mental health in the workplace. She has published widely in these areas. She has been a sometime Expert Advisor to the European Commission, the WHO, the ILO, the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work and the European Parliament. Dr Leka was awarded an early career achievement award by the American Psychological Association for an outstanding contribution to occupational health psychology and to the study of work-related stress.

Our Congratulations!
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