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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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Tribute to Dr Sidney Bindemann

Dr Sidney Bindemann 1934 – 2020

Dr Sidney Bindemann BSc, MSc, CSci, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS was a clinical psychologist and United Reformed Church (URC) minister, who may rightly be regarded as a founding figure within the modern discipline of psycho-oncology. His appointment as Principal Clinical Psychologist in the 70s to the Department of Clinical Oncology, University of Glasgow, was the first full-time appointment of its kind to be made anywhere in the UK. Cancer Research UK (then CRC) described his research activities of those days as “innovative and pioneering”. Dr Bindemann was a founding (and the first) UK member of the EORTC Quality of Life Study Group, as well as of the European Society of Psychosocial Oncology (ESPO); later to become the European Federation {EFPOS). He was similarly a founding member of the British Psycho-oncology Society (BPOS) and was elected to “life” membership in 1999 in recognition of his services to the Society in particular, and psycho-oncology in general. He also held the office of Hon. Senior Lecturer for several years in the University of Glasgow’s Oncology Department, Faculty of Medicine.

For many years before retirement, Dr Bindemann served as Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Beatson Oncology Centre (BOC), Glasgow and Director of the Phoenix Cancer Foundation (a Scottish Cancer Charity at that time, which he founded). During retirement, Dr Bindemann retained a lively interest in all matters concerning both valid assessment and active proliferation of Quality of Life, especially in patients suffering from serious and life-threatening illnesses. Aged 86 and only a few months before he died, he published a book based on his experiences and to offer ongoing support to those in need. It is titled ‘Living & Coping with Cancer…..Help & Support through Letters from a Friend’ and is available in paperback via Amazon or ebook via Kindle. Dr Bindemann died peacefully on Saturday the 8th August 2020.

BPOS Executive Committee Vacancies (Secretary and Psychiatry Representative)

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


Role: Secretary

Duration of post: 3 years             

Role responsibilities:

  • Organising and taking minutes at the Executive Committee and AGM meetings. Providing an update on membership at said meetings.
  • Responding to queries from new and existing members
  • Ensuring new memberships details are processed, coordinating yearly payment reminders
  • Communicating news and information to members e.g. sending out newsletters, surveys or research of interest, etc. via email
  • Conference related activities – liaising with Wiley regarding publication of abstracts etc, responding to queries regarding the conference, supporting the conference organiser as required.
  • In conjunction with media rep, ensuring website content is up to date (such as executive committee, members interests document)
  • The secretary works closely with BPOS Chair and Treasurer and wider exec committee members as required

Person specification:

  • Experience of working in psycho-social oncology (in any related field)
  • Excellent organisation
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to provide time to deliver activities associated with the secretary role and attend BPOS meetings and events as required

Role 2: Psychiatry 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:

  • Experience of working in Psychiatry in psycho-oncology context  (e.g. through academic/research, clinical role)
  • Professional and enthusiastic
  • Ability 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.

If you are interested in any of these positions, or would like further information please contact Kate Absolom (BPOS Chair) for an informal discussion k.l.absolom@leeds.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 Friday 30th October 2020. The Executive Committee will decide on appointments.

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