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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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    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

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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Religiosity may be associated with higher odds of advanced stage bowel cancer (?because of delayed help-seeking) https://t.co/9t2IstuBq6. Reminiscent (& with the same limitations) of our previous study on fatalism https://t.co/nm9jq7BNMo -also US context & includes lung cancer

2018 @IPOSPsychoOncol World Congress Abstract Submission Results have been emailed! Find it more by going to https://t.co/O9pnkpzwjA

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Clinical trial information: https://t.co/9kkRYnOyDc


New app could change face of adolescent cancer recovery https://t.co/IxBYSmSfF2

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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.


GPDR compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect from 25 May 2018. The GDPR is a standardized user data protection framework which operates across Europe and imposes obligations on organizations, like BPOS, that handle the personal data of people in the European Economic Area.

This page briefly explains what BPOS is doing to work towards GDPR compliance.

First, we are improving our transparency by developing our Privacy Policy to identify the information that we collect about our users, how we use that information and keep it safe. If you continue to be a member of BPOS after we introduce these updates, it means you agree to this new policy.

Second, we recognize that it’s important for you to control your information so we are considering how to develop features that will help you to easily manage and access some of your information held by BPOS. We will provide more information on these features as they become available.

Third, since we use some third-party suppliers to make our website available, we are reviewing these contracts with a view to ensuring that they comply with applicable laws, including GDPR. Where amendments to these agreements are required we will enter into Data Processing Agreements with our suppliers.

Fourth, we recognize that we have a responsibility to protect your data so we are improving our internal controls around committee access to data.

None of these steps are likely to impact your BPOS membership day to day.

For support on anything related to GDPR, including how to access, inspect, update and remove your personal information with respect to BPOS, please email us at secretary@bpos.org.

STOP PRESS ****Palliative care rep needed – apply by Friday 25th May

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to fill the following 3 years post on the BPOS Executive Committee:

  • Palliative care representative

If you are interested, 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 Friday 25th May at 5pm.  The Executive Committee will decide on appointments.