Archives for June 27th, 2002

WORK STRESS: THE MAKING OF A MODERN EPIDEMIC

Book News, PublicNet: 27 June, 2002

By David Wainwright and Michael CalnanWe are facing an epidemic of work stress. But why should problems at work which previously led to industrial disputes and political activity now be experienced as a cause of physical or mental illness? This book combines a critique of the scientific evidence relating to work stress, with an account of the social, historical and cultural changes that produced this phenomenon. The analysis is grounded in workers’ accounts of their experiences of work stress, derived from the authors’ qualitative research. The book concludes with the consequences of adopting the passive identity of ‘work stress victim’.

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FOUR STEPS TO OPERATING SUCCESS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 June, 2002

Reduced delays and fewer cancelled operations are the aims of new guidance published by the NHS Modernisation Agency.The guidance works on the premise that improving the performance of operating theatres is key to improving patient experiences and to improving staff morale.

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SCHOOLS FORM INNOVATION NETWORKS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 June, 2002

More than 500 schools across England are set to work together through a system of networks or partnerships which will see them learning from one another, promoting innovation and sharing best practice.The project, jointly funded by National College for School Leadership and the Department for Education and Skills, involves 48 groups of schools working together with other educational bodies such as education authorities, universities and community partners. Each network will receive up to 50,000 pounds a year in matched funding over three years.

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