NEWS FROM 2012

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OCTOBER: THE PICCADILLY CLUB
Autumn Meeting

This month, the Piccadilly Club held its Autumn Supper Meeting and discussions on occupational health on the South Bank in London. Its next meeting will be next Spring probably in March. The Club will then be in its 6th year. Membership is by collective invitation only.
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OCTOBER: OFFICE OF THE RAIL REGULATOR (ORR)
International Workers Day Conference

I presented an invited paper on Change, Stress & Employee Health for the ORR at its recent conference in the St Pancras Hotel, London, to mark International Workers Day. I have previously been involved with the rail industry as a Non Executive Director of the Rail Safety & Standards Board and of its predecessor, Railway Safety. I was also Chair of the Board of Trustees of CIRAS, a confidential safety reporting system for the rail industry, while it was an independent charity.

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JANUARY: NEW PUBLICATION
~ delayed announcement
Rail passenger crowding: scale development

Transportation Research_Part F Transport PsychologyThe first paper on our research on rail passenger crowding was published in January 2012 by Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology. The journal has an impact factor of: 1.989. The paper introduced our new measure of crowding for use in applied settings. It can be cited as:

Mohd Mahudin, N.D., Cox, T., and Griffiths, A. (2012) The measurement of rail passenger crowding: scale development and psychometric properties. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology, 15 (1), 38-51.

My thanks to my colleagues for their efforts and particularly to Nor Diana Mohd Mahudin.
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SEPTEMBER: NEW PUBLICATION
Cancer survival and working life

Our narrative review of the available literature on Cancer, work and the quality of working life will be published next year in a new book by Peter Chen and Cary Cooper on Wellbeing in the Workplace. The book, and our chapter, attempt to paint a more positive picture of the relationship between work and health than that created by the stress literature.

Our contribution comes from the research being carried out by the METIS Collaboration. It is: Cox, T., MacLennan, S., and N’Dow, J. (2013) Cancer, work and the quality of working life: A Narrative review. In: P Chen & C Cooper (eds) Wellbeing in the Workplace: From Stress to Happiness. Oxford & New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
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SEPTEMBER: NORTH WEST OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH GROUP
Mental Health & Stress in Occupational Health

I have just presented the Keynote Paper at a meeting of the North West Occupational Health Group (Tuesday 25th September) which was held in the Park Royal Hotel in Cheshire near Warrington. My title was: Occupational Mental Health: A Confused Cinderella. More information at: www.nwohg.co.uk.
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SEPTEMBER: NEW PUBLICATION
The Short Form of the Changes in Outlook Questionnaire

Our paper on The Short Form of the Changes in Outlook Questionnaire: Translation and Validation of the Chinese Version has been published in Health & Quality of Life Outcomes (2012) 10:41.

The paper’s reference is: www.hqlo.com/content/10/1/41. The authors are: Y Zang, N Hunt, T Cox and S Joseph. The journal has an Impact Factor of 2.11.
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JUNE: ALL-ISLAND SEMINAR ON OBESITY
Safefood, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) Northern Ireland

In June, I presented the opening paper to an All-Island Seminar on Obesity held on 19th June at Queens University Belfast. About 120 professionals attended. The seminar was introduced by Cliodhna Foley-Nolan (Safefood) and Tom Sullivan (CSP Northern Ireland). My paper, Workplace Health & Obesity, discussed the relationships among work, employee health and organisations and the nature, importance and impact of obesity in this set of equations. My PowerPoint overheads will be available on the safefood website at: www.safefood.eu
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MAY: NEW APPOINTMENT
Professor of Occupational Health Psychology & Management

As news of my retirement from Nottingham spread, I received an offer of a new Chair in Occupational Health Psychology & Management at Birkbeck University of London. The position is part time (as required by our pension fund USS) and starts of 1st July 2012. I will help the further development of the Department of Organizational Psychology through a new initiative in work-related health and safety psychology and management. I am now semi-retired!
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MAY: RETIREMENT & VALEDICTORY LECTURE
Looking Forward, Looking Back: Reflections on a Contribution to Organisational Psychology and Occupational Health

I retired from employment with the Institute as its Professor of Organizational Psychology on 31st May 2012 following my Valedictory Lecture: Looking Forward, Looking Back: Reflections on a Contribution to Organisational Psychology and Occupational Health. About 80 colleagues and friends attended the lecture.

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