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Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care update

14 January 2022

Pre-orders are open for Enhanced Palliative Care, a new textbook in line with Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines and the NES Framework for Palliative and End of Life Care. The textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the principal areas encountered whilst working with adult palliative and end-of-life patients, and their families.

Trekstock: offering support for young adults with cancer

14 January 2022

Trekstock is a cancer charity that was set up in order to provide tailored support for younger people with a cancer diagnosis, focusing on the age range of 20 to 40 years old. It was founded in 2009 by Sophie Epstone after she became aware of a huge gap in tailored support for those diagnosed with cancer in their 20s or 30s.

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health publish report into Lung Cancer Recovery After COVID.

6 December 2021

COVID has had an enormous impact across the world. In the UK, it has cost premature deaths and left a devastating impact on many people’s lives. The pandemic has also had a huge impact on healthcare delivery. As a consequence, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health (APPG) decided to look at the impact of COVID on respiratory health services in the UK and on the NHS ambitions for lung cancer care and outcomes. They decided to concentrate the inquiry on the post-COVID recovery and chose to investigate lung cancer in particular as even short delays to referrals or treatment can have a large impact on patients. 

UKONS Award £50,000 Research Grant

6 December 2021

In the summer of 2021 UKONS announced a research grant of up to £50,000 to support a preliminary research study to explore the perception of nurses about potential occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs. This follows on from the UKONS-funded Cochrane Review published in 2018 looking at that use of closed system transfer devices in addition to safe handling.

Rad Chat: Oncology Focused Podcast

3 December 2021

Rad Chat is the new cancer specific podcast, designed for cancer patients, healthcare professionals and educationalists.

Hosted by Jo McNamara and Naman Julka-Anderson, both therapeutic radiographers who have unique backgrounds, bringing specialist knowledge and skills to the conversation. They have already had some truly amazing guests including Rachael Moses, Charlotte Beardmore, Janice St John Mathews and Will Kinnard to name but a few, with more high-profile guests lined up until March next year. Their guests include cancer patients, healthcare professionals, researchers, and leaders within healthcare and oncology. 


Launch of the UK Acute Oncology Society (UKAOS)

The UKAOS is a new multidisciplinary group of health professionals committed to the development and delivery of Acute Oncology services across the UK and for it to become the UK voice of Acute Oncology supporting the development of education and research. 

Video consultations in primary and specialist care during the Covid-19 pandemic

A piece of work has been published in The BMJ which looks at the evidence for the effective use of video consultation and also gives some evidence-based advice on how to carry these out safely and effectively. The article offers a pragmatic approach, based on the best available evidence and the opinion of the authors, on using video consultations and concludes that patients and doctors should carefully consider the appropriateness and safety of video consultation, and have a low threshold for changing the mode of consultation, should the need arise.

Educational sessions enhance student nurses understanding of research nursing

25 October 2021

Clinical research is vital in enhancing patient care and developing new treatments and is also crucial for identifying, treating, inhibiting and curing diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of clinical research in terms of discovering new treatments. While nurses have always been involved in clinical research, but research nursing was only established as a standalone speciality in 2006.

EONS Young cancer network webinar series

European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) – Young Cancer Nurses Network would like to present another Nightingale Challenge Webinar Series Vol.2!

Takeda Oncology HCP professional development programme

21 October 2021

The UKONS Board are delighted to invite UKONS members working in haemato-oncology or lung cancer to apply for a place on the Takeda Oncology HCP professional development programme. There are fifteen places available on this innovative non-promotional, educational programme that aims to support haemato-oncology and lung cancer HCPs in enhancing their contribution to patient care and the healthcare system. The programme runs over a year. It includes completion of seven soft skills e-learning modules, attendance at two workshops (currently offered via online meetings), use of a 360o appraisal tool and an opportunity to receive individual coaching support.

Macmillan Nursing Campaign

11 October 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, Macmillan has been campaigning for UK Governments to make sure cancer does not become the forgotten ‘C’. 

COVID updated information on vaccination

11 October 2021

UKONS had gathered relevant sources of information about vaccination. 

Top story: Report highlights backlog of cancer treatments post pandemic

11 October 2021

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is a registered charity and a progressive think tank. It has now published ‘Building back cancer services in England’ a report which examines the condition of cancer services in England following the coronavirus pandemic and how services might best recover.

‘Castaway’ – Finding Wellbeing Through Fishing After Cancer

30 September 2021

Castaway is a new, free programme which supports men and women affected by all types of cancer, of all ages, to improve their physical and mental health through ongoing engagement with fishing and the countryside.

UKONS Hosts Well-Evaluated Second Virtual Conference

From the 11th to 13th November 2021 UKONS hosted our second virtual annual conference on the theme of ‘Caring Connections’. We felt that his theme reflected the struggles, challenges, and indeed successes, of nurses continuing to support patients and our colleagues into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

TYA Global Congress

13 August 2021

Join us on Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd December 2021 for the world’s most significant event in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer care, the 4th Global Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Congress.

In-DEPTH: Personalised Care Planning for People with Cancer

13 August 2021

Macmillan and Guy’s Cancer Academy have launched a new online learning resource designed to build on the Macmillan Cancer Support programme ‘What Matters to Me?’ and to support staff who are involved in conducting consultations with patients, following their holistic needs assessment, to agree their plan of care. This learning package was co-designed and developed with the Innovative co-Design and Evaluation of care Plan Training and education for Holistic needs (‘InDEPTH’) Advisory Group and workshop participants, led by UKONS president and Head of Guy’s Cancer Academy Dr Verna Lavender. It was funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan Updates

30 July 2021

Check out these resources from Macmillan.