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    Friendly conference in great setting.  The 2020 conference will be held in Edinburgh.

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    We welcome members at all career levels, from students to international opinion leaders, and we are mutually supportive.

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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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Abstract submissions NOW open for BPOS 2020!

The 2020 conference is being hosted locally by Jenny Young, Richard Kyle and Debbie Cavers in Edinburgh.

Theme:  Personalisation, Policy and Practice.

Keynote speakers: 

Dr Catherine Calderwood – Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

Professor Gerry Humphris – University of St Andrews

Liz O’Riordan – Breast surgeon and patient. Co-author of ‘The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control’ with Professor Trisha Greenhalgh

Abstract submission is now open and the deadline for submissions is Monday 4th November 2019.

See conference pages for more details

Update from Society Journal

Please follow this link for a Psycho-Oncology flyer update from our Society Journal.

PhD opportunity with a closing date of 29th November

 The project title is ‘Understanding the long-term implications of treatment of rare brain tumours on health-related quality of life: a European cross-sectional study’ (Dr Florien Boele, Prof Galina Velikova, and Prof Martin Klein):


Survey for partners

If you are a partner of someone who has had cancer please consider taking part in this University of Liverpool study, which aims to better understand worry about a partner’s cancer returning.  The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes and will ask questions about how you think and feel about your partner’s cancer returning and also about your own experiences of anxiety, low mood and worry.  The responses that you do give will remain confidential. 
For more information, contact Louise O’Rourke on l.o-rourke@liverpool.ac.uk.Further details can be found in the direct link to the study: https://livpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GMAarFwMK7Wi2x As a thank you for taking the time to complete the research study, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to be eligible to win one of six £25 high street vouchers.