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.
The 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.
My 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.