Occupational Health news in brief

Line manager research available for tracking

A researcher at Goldsmiths University in London has been studying the role of the line manager in the return-to-work process. Ben Hicks recently ran a series of workshops for OH professionals and is now writing up his findings. The research can be tracked at http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/pss01bh, or those interested in finding out more can e-mail him at b.hicks@gold.ac.uk

‘Director of quality’ wanted by NHS Plus

NHS Plus is recruiting a new “director of quality” to replace director of clinical standards Dr Ira Madan, who is leaving the organisation this month. The role will be 18 hours a week on a secondment or fixed-term contract, initially until the end of September and then potentially until March 2012. More details can be found atwww.nhsplus.nhs.uk/news.asp?id=1.

Norwich Union launches stress awareness course

Health insurer Norwich Union Risk Services has launched a one-day course for employers on how to spot the signs of stress in the workplace and manage it effectively. It includes advice on legal responsibilities, approaches to stress risk management, and best practice strategies. More details are available at www.nurs.co.uk/training/one_day_short_courses.htm.

£1.3m boost for study into ageing workforce

Professor Cheryl Haslam, director of Loughborough University’s Work and Health Research Centre, has been awarded £1.3m to carry out research into how employment policies, workplace design and occupational health provision need to take account of the ageing workforce. The research is being carried out in partnership with the Institute of Occupational Medicine.

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