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Acute Oncology Passports are go!

21 June 2024

The Acute Oncology Competence Assessment Passports have been launched! They are a suite of multi-disciplinary, standardised competence assessment documents for staff working at all levels of practice with patients who have oncological emergencies.  The Passports were officially launched last week at the UKONS fringe session at the UK Oncology Forum in Brighton.

Extended deadline for application, 13th September. Takeda Oncology HCP development programme opportunity!

4 July 2024

The UKONS Board is delighted to invite UKONS members working in haemato-oncology, colorectal cancer or lung cancer to apply for a place on Cohort 2 of the Takeda Oncology HCP professional development programme.

Submit your abstract for UKONS Manchester 2024 conference!

30 April 2024

Submit your abstract by 28 June, for a poster or oral presentation for this year's Manchester conference, 'Working towards positive change in cancer care'.




UKONS telephone triage training modules: now live!

19 February 2024

The UKONS telephone triage training modules are now live and are accessible for free on the NHS Learning Hub 

You don’t need a healthcare email address to register, which means colleagues from third sector and voluntary organisations can access the training for free. Simply visit the UKONS Telephone Triage training programme page on the NHS Learning Hub to register.   


UKONS Conference Report: Newport 2023

7 December 2023

The 2023 UKONS conference, on the Theme of ‘Lets Integrate Cancer Care’ was held in November 2023 at the ICC Wales, Newport, South Wales. It was the largest UKONS conference ever staged, in terms of the number of attendees (600) the number of sponsors and exhibitors (210) and the number of posters submitted by UKONS members (193). The conference therefore built on the success of UKONS 2022 and event continues to grow and develop.

UKONS Conference 2023 Sees a Change of Board Roles

23 November 2023

Dr Karen Campbell, UKONS President, reflects on the biggest UKONS Conference to date took place at the ICC Wales in Newport over the 17th and 18th of November. This featured more sessions and posters, more attendees and the largest sponsors exhibition the ever before. There will be a full review of the event in the next copy of Breaking News which will be released on 7th December. The conference also featured the UKONS Annual General Meeting where board elections and changes are formally ratified.

Save the Date #UKONS2024

Watch the space...

‘Foundations of Cancer Care’: Free ACCEND E-Learning

12 October 2023

The Aspirant Cancer Career and Education Development programme (ACCEND) have created a suite of e-learning modules, specifically for pre-registration healthcare students, called ‘Foundations of Cancer Care’.  

The Foundations of Cancer Care is available to all those with an NHS or UK university email address, or with an Open Athens account ( .

New UKONS Board Members and New President-Elect

17 August 2023

UKONS are pleased to announce the election to the board of two new members Dr Barry Quinn and Dr. Linda Sherwood. Following a board vote, Dr Mary Tanay will replace Dr Karen Campbell as the President-Elect later this year when Karen takes over the UKONS presidency.  

All of the above changes will formally begin following our AGM at our conference in November 2023.

Acute Oncology Initial Management Guidelines - latest version

20 July 2023

UKONS are proud to present the newly updated version 4 of our Acute Oncology Initial Management Guidelines. These guidelines have been reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team, with representation from all four nations and multiple organisations including, UKAOS, UKSB, BOPA, SoR and SAM. Thank you to everyone that provided feedback and contributed to this thorough review. We hope that they will continue to be utilised well within clinical practice and support staff to safely manage patients that require acute cancer care.    

These guidelines relate to the initial assessment and immediate management of Acute Oncology patients, that is, patients presenting with an acute problem, demonstrating symptoms deemed as having been caused by:

  • Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT)
  • Radiotherapy
  • Malignant disease
  • A previously undiagnosed cancer where an urgent oncology/haematology assessment is required.

It is emphasised that these guidelines focus on initial assessment at presentation and management for the first 24 hours.

Version 4 of our acute oncology initial management guidelines are now live and free to access to all UKONS members on the UKONS Website here via the Acute Oncology Members Interest Group (MIG) resource page.

The Fruit Fly Collective: ‘PARENTING WITH CANCER’ Project

10 July 2023

The Fruit-fly Collective has a small core team of scientists, clinicians, artists and designers who collaborate with a range of experts.  Their collaborators include nurses, scientific researchers, visual artists, medics, photographers, clinical psychologists, palliative care social workers, children and young people, and people who have been affected by cancer. Their main aim is to build new ways to support children, adults and families affected by cancer through creativity, education, research and communication. 

UKONS appoints new set of YECCN Co-chairs

5 May 2023

Following a call for nominations, UKONS are thrilled to announce that we have appointed three co-chairs, Debora Franchini and Sophie Maycock, to represent the views of young cancer nurses or those who are early in their oncology careers.

Health Education England launches ACCEND career pathway

27 January 2023

HEE has now launched the ACCEND career pathway, core capabilities in practice (CiP) and education framework for those providing care to people affected by cancer.