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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

More details to follow later in the summer.


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.

Keynotes from BPOS 2018 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.


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.

Trainees for NCRI Clinical Studies Groups and SPED Advisory Group: Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group vacancy.

The NCRI Clinical Studies Groups (CSGs) and Advisory Group Trainee scheme provides the opportunity for junior researchers to experience the workings of a CSG or Advisory Group. Trainees are appointed for two years in the first instance with an option to join a CSG subgroup thereafter, depending on vacancies. The Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group has a vacancy.

» Role profile and advert (PDF)

» Application form (internal webpage)

Please note, the application process for the NCRI Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia and Head & Neck CSGs trainee scheme is separate from the above. An advert for these two CSGs will open in mid-summer 2018.

The application deadline is 5pm, 2 July 2018