Why do good people do bad things – and how should we respond? Developing organisational commitment to compassionate care


Venue: Heath Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham          Date: 8th & 9th June 2015

Cost: £545 (per person for both days including lunch) Please note overnight accommodation and dinner is NOT included. Note 10% discount if NHS Alliance and RCN members

When something major goes wrong in health and social care, we tend to hold a formal inquiry, produce an action plan and vow that such events must never happen again.  And yet all too often they do.

In contrast, HSMC has been focusing on the concept of care work as ‘emotional labour’ (the idea that we all have an emotional bank which we need to keep topped up, and that staff who don’t feel cared for themselves will find it almost impossible to deliver good care to others).  The common argument that ‘giving someone a smile costs nothing’ is true financially – but it isn’t true emotionally.  Perhaps if Boards spent as long discussing staff support and the emotional labour of care as they do the finances and waiting times then the care we deliver might be radically different?

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Evaluating health policy reforms under the Coalition Government, 2010-2015


When: 24 April 2015 (10am – 5pm)      Where: HSMC, University of Birmingham

Cost: £40 (per person, including lunch)    Key note speaker: Lord Philip Hunt

Despite the Conservative’s pledge in 2010 for `no more top-down re-organisations’, the Coalition reforms (2010-2015) have been described as a re-organisation you can see from space.’ These reforms have precipitated clinically-led commissioning, management cuts, and further provider competition, among others. Combined with demographic change, service developments and financial pressures, the past 5 years have been dramatic as any in the NHS history. This symposium will explore the implementation and emerging impact of these reforms, and consider future health policy under the new government.

To register and pay by debit/credit card, please use this LINK 

For any further queries please contact Bal Loyal, b.k.loyal@bham.ac.uk

Social Policy – Spotlight on ‘Employability’ (Throughout February 2015)


Throughout February Social Policy students will have access to a range of events and activities especially designed to support career planning and employment skills.

  • ‘What’s Next?’ employability conference. 3rd year Social Policy students only. Wednesday 4th Feb 2015 @ The mac. Register here www.birmingham.ac.uk/social-policy/next
  • Weekly career guidance drop-in sessions exclusively for Social Policy students. Open to all years. Every Wednesday 1.30pm-3pm, 9th Floor Muirhead Tower, room 911.
  • Delivering a knock-out presentation: A masterclass. A how-to guide to giving effective presentations inside and outside the classroom. 1st and 2nd year students only. Monday 9th February 11am -12noon Muirhead Tower, room 710. Register here: www.birmingham.ac.uk/social-policy/masterclass
  • ‘Finding Hidden Work Experience’ – A how-to session to support Social Policy students in approaching organisations to ask for an internship or work experience. Open to all years. Friday 13th February 1pm Muirhead Tower, room 415. Register here: birmingham.ac.uk/social-policy/work
  • Professional mentors – Want access to a mentor who will help you to build confidence or provide you with insight into a particular career? Come and hear about the University mentoring scheme! 1st and 2nd years only. Wednesday 25th February 1pm Muirhead Tower, Room 427. Register here: birmingham.ac.uk/social-policy/mentors

Launch of the British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Network: Gender, Crime and Justice

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Launch of the British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Network: Gender, Crime and Justice

Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: City site, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4BU
The relaunch of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Midlands Regional Network will take place at Nottingham Trent University on the 15 October 2014. The seminar will address the theme of Gender, Crime and Justice. The next evening seminar will be held at Derby University on the 26 November 2014. The session will examine aspects of Policing in the 21st Century. On the 4 March 2015, Loughborough University will be addressing the theme of the Crime Drop.