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    Friendly conference in great setting.  The 2019 conference will be held Thursday 28th Feb and Friday 1st March at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Chester.
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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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last chance - going going ...... send your abstract by this Monday!!

THINK YOU DON'T HAVE A CHANCE? THINK AGAIN! FREE PLACE AT OUR CONFERENCE! We have two bursaries available, one PhD student bursary and one consumer (patient) bursary. applications by THIS MONDAY.. see https://t.co/wh2A0F8DvT. RT please

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BPOS Executive Committee Vacancy: Nursing representative

We are looking for a new member to join our Executive Committee in the Nursing Representative role, which is a 3 year position.

To learn more about BPOS please take a look around our website. If you are interested, or would like further information please contact Eila Watson (BPOS Chair, ewatson@brookes.ac.uk) or Kate Absolom (Chair Elect, k.l.absolom@leeds.ac.uk) for an informal discussion.

Applicants are asked to submit a covering letter, detailing why they would like to join the committee, and a short CV to Sarah Dickinson (s.dickinson@leeds.ac.uk) by Friday 21st December 2018 at 5pm. The Executive Committee will decide on appointments.

Bursary deadline extended – come to our conference for free!

2019 BPOS conference-  28th February – 1st March 2019 at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Chester

We have extended the deadline for applications for our consumer bursary until the 14th December 2018. To be eligible, you must be someone who has, or has had, a diagnosis of cancer, or be a carer for someone who has had a diagnosis of cancer. 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). If you wish to apply for the consumer bursary please email Lorraine Warrington treasurer@bpos.org with a brief paragraph outlining why you would like to attend.  The bursary winner will be drawn from a hat!

Hurry Hurry Hurry – bursary (student and patient) and abstract submissions for our conference end this MONDAY

The title says it all – see previous news posts or visit our event page and  bursaries-for-our-2019-conference for more details!

Just one week left to submit abstracts for our annual conference!

We have decided to extend the abstract submission deadline for the Joint 2019 BPOS and NCRI conference until Monday 19th November 2018. see our conference pages on this website for more details.

Save the date! Next BPOS conference

Abstract submission ends 19th November for our conference being held on 28th February – 1st March 2019 at 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.

Management of Depression and Anxiety in Cancer

IPOS Members receive 10% off until January 1, 2019 on the below course with a coupon code. To receive the coupon code, please email support@ipos-society.org.

“This course has received positive feedback and is led by one of our IPOS members who has been engaged in both research and guideline development for depression”–Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Executive Director de Souza Institute, Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, U of Toronto

The Management of Depression and Anxiety in Cancer course was authored by Dr. Madeline Li. This course consists of six online modules and offers 11.5 CME learning hours. It includes recommendations from the 2015 Pan-Canadian Practice Guidelines (http://www.capo.ca/). Using self-directed learning and interactive activities, the course provides an in-depth review of the bio-psycho-social etiology and pathophysiology of anxiety and depression in cancer; clinical pearls and video demonstrations on how to assess risk of immediate harm; clinical pathway based on distress severity; and psychosocial and pharmacological treatment options.

Visit the course webpage for additional details, including accreditation information.


For nearly a decade, de Souza Institute has been offering continuing professional development courses to healthcare professionals, to enhance their knowledge and competency and give them tools to provide the best possible cancer and/or palliative care. With online course offerings, participants can start at any time, from anywhere! Join over 10,000 healthcare professionals who have learned with de Souza.