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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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BPOS Executive Committee Vacancies (Chair elect/Chair & Psychology Rep)

We have vacancies for enthusiastic and committed individuals to fill the following positions on the BPOS Executive Committee.


Role: Chair Elect/Chair

Duration of post: 3 years (1 year as Chair Elect and 2 years as Chair)             

Role responsibilities:

  • In the first year the Chair Elect will work with the current Chair to support leadership of BPOS and executive committee
  • Chairing BPOS executive committee meetings (3 times a year + AGM)
  • Overseeing the planning or direction of BPOS activities, including the annual conference, and wider events/webinars  including student/early career events.
  • Developing and maintaining collaborations with wider oncology organisations e.g. BPS, third sector groups, etc
  • As Chair you will work as needed with Wiley and the editor of the Society’s affiliated journal Psycho-Oncology to maintain links. This also involves becoming a member of the journal editorial board. 

Person specification:

  • Substantial experience of working in psycho-social oncology (in any related field)
  • Good communication skills
  • Capacity to give the necessary time to support BPOS leadership and activities  


Role: Psychology representative  

Duration of post: 3 years

Role responsibilities:

  • Take an active role in the BPOS executive committee
  • Attend BPOS executive committee meetings (3 times a year + AGM)
  • Lead or support Society activities as required (including aspects of BPOS conference or organisation of other seminars/training events)

Person specification:

  • Background and experience in psychology and working within a psycho-oncology context (e.g. through academic/research, clinical role)
  • Professional and enthusiastic
  • Capacity to give time to attend BPOS meetings and support associated activities as required

Additional information

  • BPOS is a small friendly society founded in 1983 with the aim of advancing and promoting the field of psychosocial oncology. The executive committee oversees the running of the society and is made up of representatives from clinical, nursing, psychiatry, palliative care, psychology and academia as well as postgraduate students and patient representatives.
  • Activities linked to these vacancies will be supported by the wider executive committee as needed.
  • The BPOS committee meets three times a year (one face to face meeting, the remainder via teleconference) and at the AGM which is usually conducted as part of the yearly conference. Committee members assist with the ongoing development and promotion of the society and contribute to conference planning and organisation of other training and educational events.
  • All BPOS committee positions are voluntary. The society covers reasonable travel expenses and costs associated with travel to committee meetings and/or accommodation associated with delivering BPOS related events and activities where this is appropriate.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to submit a covering letter detailing why they would like to join the committee, along with a short CV, to Natasha Campling (BPOS secretary) N.C.Campling@soton.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is Friday 9th July.

If you are interested in either position and would like to discuss the role please contact Kate Absolom (BPOS Chair) for an informal chat  k.l.absolom@leeds.ac.uk

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