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    Friendly conference in great setting.  The 2018 conference was held Thursday 8th and Friday 9th March at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton.
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British Psychosocial Oncology Society

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

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. BPOS is a member of the IPOS International Federation of National Psychosocial Oncology Societies. We warmly welcome you to our site and hope you will join us on our journey!

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PhD opportunity with us @POGWeb @UniversityLeeds! Developing @EORTC metastatic breast cancer quality of life questionnaire. Deadline 15th May. https://t.co/5tgAI6Twhv

Interesting model for evaluating participation and co-design in healthcare @Imperial_PERC https://t.co/edI3wwiTNX

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: If bowel cancer is caught early, it is extremely treatable so we would encourage people to be aware of the signs and symptoms and to take our online Bowel Health Checker at https://t.co/MoK6t3Y7Vp

We compared barriers to cervical screening in women who've made an active decision not to go vs. women who just haven't got round to it. Read our new paper here: https://t.co/VIW6IxBXIU @UCL_BSH @amajch @CRUKresearch @JoTrust

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Latest News ...

**NEW*** Keynotes now available on this site, conference abstracts published

The BPOS 2018 Keynotes can be accessed in the events section of this website.

The BPOS 2018 conference abstracts are now available, published in Psycho-Oncology.


The Macmillan Research Grants Scheme 2018 is now open

Macmillan invites proposals for research with clear potential to benefit people living with cancer through contribution to the outcomes laid out in the Macmillan Research Impact Framework.

Outline applications are invited in the following areas:

1. The impact of new developments in cancer treatment (such as immunotherapy, personalised medicine, modern radiotherapy techniques) on the lives of people with cancer;

2. How to most effectively get information about their diagnosis and prognosis to people living with cancer to enable them to make the right decisions about their life, treatment and care;

3. Identifying, understanding and addressing inequalities in experience and outcomes following a cancer diagnosis.

To find out more, and apply, please visit: www.macmillan.org.uk/researchgrants

Macmillan invites proposals for research with clear potential to benefit people living with cancer through contribution to the outcomes laid out in the Macmillan Research Impact Framework.


Last chance to join the BPOS executive, and make a difference and boost your cv!

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to fill the following 3 years posts on the BPOS Executive Committee:

  • Palliative care representative
  • Psychiatry rep representative

If you are interested in any of these vacancies, or would like further information please contact Eila Watson (BPOS Chair) for an informal discussion (ewatson@brookes.ac.uk). To learn more about BPOS please take a look at our website http://www.bpos.org/

Applicants are asked to submit a covering letter detailing why they would like to join the committee, along with a short CV, to Sarah Dickinson (s.dickinson@leeds.ac.uk).

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 25th April at 5pm.  The Executive Committee will decide on appointments.

Conference prizewinners

We will be producing a Storify of our recent conference, this month (April). In the meantime we wish to congratulate the prize-winners at the conference:

Best Tweeter: @RacheltheResearcher

Best Student Poster: Eden Robertson

Best poster: Stephen Stowcroft

Best oral presentation: Carol Rivas