Current state and future prospects of research on fear of cancer recurrence — Social Dimensions of Health Institute

Congratulations to Gozde Ozakinci, Associate Director of SDHI and Lecturer in Health Psychology, School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews who along with colleagues Sophie Lebel, Gerald Humphris, Belinda Thewes, Judith Prins, Andreas Dinkel and Phyllis Butow have recently had their paper ‘Current state and future prospects of research on fear of cancer recurrence’ […]

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Queensland prostate cancer experts to lead world’s first survivorship centre

National health experts have today announced the launch of the world’s first Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship, to be led by Queensland. The nation’s top prostate cancer experts will lead the multi-disciplinary survivorship centre, the first of its kind in the w… Source: Queensland prostate cancer experts to lead world’s first survivorship […]

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NEWS ITEMS GOING FORWARD

THE CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE WORKING LIFE & THE METIS COLLABORATION: PEOPLE, SEMINARS & NEW PROJECTS.

Much has happened over the last six or so months that warrants reporting both with regards to the Centre for Sustainable Working Life (the Centre) at Birkbeck and to The METIS Collaboration (METIS). The headline topics are people, seminars and projects and, of course, publications and conference presentations.

8-2754esrc-logoThe ESRC seminar series on Cancer & Employment, which is led by the Centre but involves the other core partners in METIS, is a success and is entering its third and final year. Plans to take this initiative forward, beyond ESRC funding, are being discussed. People have left the Centre; some to further their academic careers and some through retirement. All are missed and most remain part of the overall project. New people are coming in and there is an excitement about how this new team will feel and work as it comes together. We are particularly looking forward to welcoming two Brazilian researchers in occupational health psychology on short sabbaticals, later in 2017, if suitable funding is secured for them. The Professional Doctorate in Occupational Health Psychology (see below) is established and the programme is open to those who wish to study and research in its area. At the same time, the Centre is launching a new project on ensuring safety in large high hazard organisations. It is funded by Balfour Beatty and is a collaborative enterprise involving senior colleagues in the company and in Lancaster and Loughborough universities.

unknown-1METIS continues to thrive and, partly through the ESRC seminar series, is becoming well established in the area of cancer survivorship and work engagement. It offers a unique integration of interests in the psychosocial, organisational and economic aspects of this topic. The core membership of the Collaboration is growing as is the network that it is developing of people involved in this important area. It is planned that this network and METIS itself be supported in 2017 through a new internet-based portal. The development work is well advanced. Several important conference presentations have been made successfully and publications on cancer survivorship and work engagement and other areas of psychosocial oncology are in the pipe-line.

imagesThere will be more information on all of these headline topics soon including details of appointments to be made to the Centre; specifically (1) a full-time fully-funded postgraduate researcher to work on the Balfour Beatty project and complete the Professional Doctorate in occupational health psychology (three years funding available) and (2) a part-time Lecturer (A/B) in occupational health psychology or health and safety management, or a related area, to join the Centre team (permanent contract).
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NEW BOOK CHAPTERS

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NEW CHAPTERS ON CANCER SURVIVORSHIP AND ON CYBER-BULLYING TO BE PUBLISHED

Over the last 12 months, we have had two new chapters accepted for publication in edited texts in 2017. They are:

 

Cox, T., Postavaru, G., Munir, F., Hassard, J., & MacLennan, S. (2017) Cancer survivorship, cancer-related ptsd and positive change: a narrative overview. In: C.L. Cooper & J.C. Quick (ends) The Handbook of Stress & Health: A Guide to Research & Practice. Chichester: John Wiley & Son

Cox, T., Marczak, M., Teoh, K., and Hassard, J. (2017) New directions in intervention: Cyber-bullying, schools and teachers. In: T.M. Mcintyre, S.E. McIntyre & D.J.Francis (ends) Stress in Educators: An Occupational Health Perspective. New York: Springer.

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New Publications

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS 2016 – 2017

I have yet to go back over the last year or so and note our various publications not yet announced on my Blog. In the meantime, to help me play catchup, I will draw attention to two recent papers that concern different aspects of work-related stress.

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Hassard, J., Teoh, K., & Cox, T. (2016). Organizational uncertainty and stress among teachers in Hong Kong: work characteristics and organizational justice. Health Promotion International http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/PR-05-2015-0136

The journal has a current impact factor of 2.046. It is ranked 40th in the list of journals in public, environmental & occupational health (145) and has a 5-year impact factor of 2.464. It is published by Oxford University Press.

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Hassard, J., Teoh, K., Visockaite, G., Dewe, P. & Cox, T. (2017) The economic burden of work-related stress to society: a systematic review. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (Accepted for 2017).

The journal advertises a current impact factor of 2.00 and is ranked 24th in the list of applied psychology journals (79). Its 5-year impact factor is 4.010. It is the journal of the US Society for Occupational Health Psychology and is published by the American Psychological Association.

In both cases, we must thank our colleague, Dr Juliet Hassard, for persevering with these publications and crafting them ably through to acceptance by good journals.

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Alive & Kicking: Rumours of My Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated!

It has been a long time since I last posted on this Blog: too long. Fortunately, however, this has not been due to ill-health or loss of interest or complete retirement. 2015 and 2016 have been momentous years in UK and global politics and I have been hugely distracted by events. I have spent time writing a different blog in defence of a more collaborative, tolerant and just societal future. Probably this endeavour has proved more cathartic than influential but there it is. I do not apologise for this but it is time to refocus at least part of my energies.

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Much has happened around me in our scientific and professional endeavours and I will soon start to describe the sometimes bumpy road that has been progress. Suffice to say here that I am still ‘alive and kicking’ and so is the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck and its ESRC Seminar Series on Cancer & Employment. The METIS Collaboration also continues and equally successfully. Collectively, we can boast new funding. People have joined us, some have moved and some have left us. There has been a plethora of new papers, chapters and reports, seminars and conference papers that, together, serve to prove my assertion that I am, we are, still ‘alive and kicking’.

Thank you to those who have periodically looked at what has been a never changing Blog in our ever changing world. The Blog crept over 20,000 hits while I have been mentally engaged elsewhere.

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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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