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British Psychosocial Oncology Society

BPOS:  Promoting the advancement of education, clinical practice, and research in psychosocial oncology

A member of the IPOS International Federation of National Psychosocial Oncology Societies

The British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS), founded in 1983, aims to advance and promote knowledge of psychosocial oncology. We welcome members from across the disciplines, who have an interest in education and research in psychosocial oncology. Our members work not only with people who have been diagnosed with cancer but also their families, friends and the professionals who care for them through all stages of the care pathway.  We warmly welcome you to our site and hope you will join us on our journey!

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Save the date! Next BPOS conference

Our next conference will be held on 28th February-1st March 2019 at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Chester.

Theme: Innovations in Psychosocial Oncology: Research, Education & Practice

The conference will be hosted locally by Professor Nick Hulbert-Williams and colleagues from Chester Research Unit for the Psychology of Health (CRUPH), University Chester

Registration is open!

To remind yourself of this year’s conference in March, you can download a pdf file  of the programme. Or see how the conference unfolded through our BPOS storify.

Bursaries for our next conference

We have one PhD student bursary (for students who wish to present at the conference) and one consumer bursary available. These bursaries will cover the cost of full conference registration (both days including accommodation), conference dinner and second class travel to the conference (up to a maximum of £150).


For more details see the bursaries page on the website

Quick survey for professionals to help shape development of the Sarcoma Assessment Measure

With the Sarcoma Group, Lesley Storey is in the process of developing a Patient Reported Outcome Measure. The group would like to get the view of health professionals about what they see patients identifying as important and have asked the following email to be circulated:

We are in the process of developing the Sarcoma Assessment Measure (SAM) and are currently administering a questionnaire to patients with sarcoma containing 393 items reflecting their experience, as described in interviews with 121 patients from across the UK. The Item Reduction Questionnaire (IRQ) asks patients to rate what they think is most important and what they worry most about. We will take the results of this and compare against existing quality of life measures to determine whether these capture all the issues important to patients.

The primary aim of developing SAM is to develop a tool that could be used in clinical practice to help direct patient conversations so we are therefore interested in exploring what healthcare professionals think patients think is important and they worry about.

We would like to invite you to complete the IRQ. The IRQ is split into 5 domains: physical wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, social wellbeing, financial wellbeing and sexuality. To make this less burdensome for you to complete, we have split the online version into the 5 domains. The links are below, please complete as many as you can. There is nothing in the questionnaire to identify you so your response is completely anonymous.






We would like to get responses from as many people in the MDT as possible so please circulate this to your team. Thank you in advance for supporting the SAM study.

Dr Rachel Taylor (Senior Research Fellow), Professor Jeremy Whelan (Professor of Medical Oncology) and Dr Ana Martins (Sarcoma UK Research Associate)

Psycho-Oncology (Wiley): Introducing Registered Reports

What are Registered Reports?

Registered Reports are a new form of empirical article in which the methods and proposed analyses are preregistered and reviewed prior to research being conducted. The cornerstone of the Registered Reports format is that a significant part of the manuscript will be assessed prior to data collection, with the highest quality submissions accepted in advance. This format is designed to minimize bias in deductive science, while also allowing complete flexibility to conduct exploratory (unregistered) analyses and report serendipitous findings Psycho-Oncology is pleased to announce that the journal now accepts Registered Reports. Find out more.