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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Tuesday 28 October 2014

Wolfson Guest Lecture - Dr Matthias Weigl, 'Work conditions and well-being in hospital physicians and quality of care: Insights from cohort and intervention studies in Germany

9:30am to 11:30am, F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus, Dr Matthias Weigl

The Wolfson Research and Institute for Health and Wellbeing are pleased to host a guest lecture by Dr Matthias Weigl entitled "Work conditions and well-being in hospital physicians and quality of care: Insights from cohort and intervention studies in Germany.


The quality of health care is determined also by the quality of physicians' and nurses' work environment and their well-being. Our research investigates to what extent psychosocial characteristics of the work environment are responsible for the well-being of healthcare professionals. Furthermore we are interested in interventions that encompass the active participation of physicians to improve their work conditions.

The presentation will feature results from a longitudinal investigation in German junior physicians that revealed the effects of poor working conditions on impaired well-being over time, i.e., depressive state in junior physicians. Additionally two controlled studies are discussed that evaluated the effects of an intervention to improve physicians' work conditions in regard to perceived quality of care reported through patients' evaluations.


Dr. Matthias Weigl (Diploma and Doctorate in Psychology) is a researcher in industrial and organizational psychology at the Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social, and Environmental Medicine of LMU University Munich, Germany. He is Co-Head of the working group “Applied Medicine and Psychology at Work (AMPA)”. His research interests are in the areas of work design, employee wellbeing, performance, and quality in health care organizations. His past research projects investigated physicians work life in the hospital and potential consequences for physician well-being and care quality. He teaches at Munich University as well as at Innsbruck University, Austria.


09:30 Tea/Coffee, available in the Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building
10:00 Welcome and Introduction by Professor Jan Illing
10:05 Guest Lecture by Dr Matthias Weigl
11:00 Questions and Answers
11;30 Close


It is essential to book your place as places are limited and will be allocated in order of receipt. Please click here to take you to the online booking form.

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Monday 20 October 2014

Wolfson SIG event - Lifestyle Drift and What to Do About It....

12:30pm to 4:30pm, Turner Room, Van Mildert College, Durham University

This event will begin with a warm welcome by Linda McKie, Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University and Ted Schrecker, Professor of Global Health Policy, Durham University at 12.30 and closing at 4.30pm.

This exciting event will include:

David Hunter, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health, Durham University and Jennie Popay, Professor of Sociology and Public Health, Lancaster University, presenting Lifestyle drift: why unequal social structures are neglected in public health policy and practice.

Kayleigh Garthwaite, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, Durham University, presenting on behalf of the Leverhulme project 'Local health inequalities in an age of austerity': Lifestyle drift in an age of austerity.

Ted Schrecker, presenting on Health promotion, stress, and the perniciousness of lifestyle drift.

Plus a Plenary panel session with a special guest to be confirmed

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This is a Durham University event jointly hosted by the Centre for Public Policy & Health, School of Applied Social Sciences and Wolfson Research Institute for Health & Wellbeing.

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Thursday 16 October 2014

Centre for Medical Humanities Affiliates' Lunch; supported by the WRI

12:00pm to 2:00pm, St Chad's College

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Friday 10 October 2014

World Mental Health Day Coffee Morning

10:30am to 11:30am, Wolfson Research Institute Street

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Qualitative Health PhD & ECR Writing Group

9:30am to 12:00pm, Collier Room, College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham University, Durham

Are you a PhD Student or ECR doing qualitative health research in the North East?

Looking for advice and motivation for your writing?

Interested in the being part of a supportive qualitative health writing group?

Then come and join us on 8th October to be part of a new network of qualitative health writing groups of PhD students and early career researchers in our region.

In this meeting we will share challenges and opportunities of writing up qualitative health research, have an ‘ask the expert’ session with Dr. Sally Brown (School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University) and create the writing groups which will make up this exciting network.

In the future, each group will meet to support one another with challenges and successes of one another’s writing and the network will meet as a whole at least annually with senior qualitative health researchers sharing their knowledge and tips for effective writing.

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Booking is essential as places are limited and will be allocated in order of receipt.

If you have any questions please contact Christina Dobson at or on 0191 334 0806

This event is supported by The Wolfson Research Institute and the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD)



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Monday 6 October 2014

Wolfson Coffee Morning

10:30am to 11:00am, Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus

A Wolfson coffee morning will be held on Monday 6 October 2014 from 10.30am - 11.00am in the Wolfson Street.

Please do come along and network over a coffee and a cake, everyone is welcome!


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