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Thinking Allowed: Post traumatic stress; managing beds in the NHS

Updated Friday, 24th April 2015

This week's Thinking Allowed looks at notions of male bravery and the relation to post traumatic stress, as well as bed issues within the NHS.

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Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

German infantry on the battlefield, August 7, 1914. Copyright free  image Icon Copyright free: By Underwood & Underwood. (US War Dept.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons On this week's programme:

Post traumatic stress in male combat veterans: Laurie Taylor talks to Nick Caddick, Research Assistant at Loughborough University, and co-author of a study exploring the relationship between masculinity, militarism and mental health. Do conventional notions of male bravery and resilience impede soldiers' ability to access to support? They're joined by Anthony King, Professor in Sociology at the University of Exeter.

Also, managing beds in the NHS. Pressure on beds is an acute challenge to the health service. Davina Allen, Professor of Healthcare Organisation at Cardiff University, discusses her study into bed utilisation from the point of view of UK hospital nurses. How is access to beds granted or denied and who decides?

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 29th April 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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