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Research and Academic Forum

Research

SOM commissions leading researchers at universities and research institutes to improve understanding of key issues. Recent reports include:

  • A research synthesis around the mental health of doctors, supported by the Louise Tebboth Foundation. Download the report here. (A report on the mental health of nurses, funded by the RCN, will be launched in 2020.)
  • The Value of Occupational Health Research: History, Evolution and Way Forward, supported by the HSE. Download the report here.
  • A synthesis of the value of occupational health in the UK and globally, supported by ISOS. Download the report here.

Through our journal, Occupational Medicine, SOM supports potential authors and train journal article reviewers. Members can also access a Journal Club and funding for international research based visits through the Golden Jubilee award.

Academic Forum

This is a nonaligned and multidisciplinary forum for academic organisations. Established in 2000, its Chair is Professor Ewan Macdonald. The Forum is calling for an independent Academic Centre for Work and Health to promote, protect and improve the health of the UK’s working people or those wanting to get into work. The Centre would deliver real, practical and applied outputs to help keep workers healthy, offer a non-Governmental voice that will support to develop more efficient and effective workplace health strategies and help change the way we think and act in terms of health in the workplace.  

The Forum offers Buddy Support to fellow researchers who are moving into Academic Research in this area or wish to progress their Academic Career. Buddy support includes information and signposting and can occur over the phone, via Skype or face to face etc (this is for each party to decide together). No cost support is provided and buddies are offering their time freely. The frequency of support is also for each party to decide together, and  the process is of a voluntary nature and can be stopped at any time by either party. Contact details for buddies are:

  • Dr Gwenllian Wynne-Jones g.wynne-jones@keele.ac.uk University of Keele. Area of research focus - primary care, epidemiology, clinical trials, Musculoskeletal pain, nursing
  • Professor Ewan MacDonald ewan.macdonald@glasgow.ac.uk University of Glasgow. Area of research focus - Occupational Medicine Research generalist
  • Dr Sharon Stevelink (Lecturer in Epidemiology) Area of research focus: epidemiology, high risk occupations, mental health, well-being, quantitative methods, military
  • Dr Joanna Yarker Joanna.Yarker@kingston.ac.uk Kingston University. Area of research focus - organisational psychology, stress and mental health, organisational interventions, line managers, process/real-world evaluation

The Forum’s submission to the 2017 Green Paper for Work, Health and Disability is here

If you would like to attend the Forum or would like further details, please contact the SOM.

Minutes of recent meetings of the Academic Forum are below.

Academic Forum minutes 25th June 2018

Academic Forum minutes 9th October 2018

Academic Forum minutes 14th January 2019