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The life and times of a teenage and young adult (TYA) cancer nurse

11 August 2022

UKONS Board Member and TYA Nurse Consultant Nellie Kumaralingam talks about the vital role of TYA cancer nurse in cancer care incuding its challenges and the fulfilment the role brings. 

Takeda-Maudsley Learning Psychosocial Oncology Programme

5 August 2022

The UKONS Board are delighted to invite UKONS members working in oncology to apply for a place on the Takeda-Maudsley Learning Psychosocial Oncology Programme. There are 8 places available to UKONS members on this highly interactive, case-based learning which aims to support more effective care of patients and families in difficult circumstances and foster enriching and holistic therapeutic relationships with patients at all stages of care. The programme consists of a one-day introductory masterclass that will cover background information and skills, followed by a one-day simulation session where you will have the opportunity to put those skills into practice during high-fidelity roleplays.



Submission deadline: Midday- 19th August

Notification of offer by: 16th September

Course date: 5th and 6th October 2022


To apply for a place, applicants need to submit the attached form to:

*Please note that successful applicants are required to sign an agreement with Takeda for the transfer of value of this programme to be declared on the ABPI Disclosure UK website*

This non-promotional mental health programme is a partnership between Takeda UK Ltd. and Maudsley Learning and is fully funded by Takeda UK Ltd.



Date of preparation: May 2022

National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Publish Strategic Priorities in Breast Cancer Research

16 June 2022

The NCRI is a UK-wide partnership between research funders working together to maximise the value and benefits of cancer research for the benefit of patients and the public.

The NCRI Breast Group has a strong track record of developing practice-changing research in breast cancer over the last decade from a foundation of multidisciplinary membership and a partnership with patients.

Following Breast Group strategy sessions held in November 2021 (with participants from various sectors and disciplines, including NCRI Consumer Forum members, early career researchers and NCRI Partners) the NCRI Breast Group has published its strategic priorities to address challenges faced in breast cancer research and improve outcomes for patients.

CNS Care and Survival in Cancer Patients

1 June 2022

A study using data obtained from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey (NCPES) has shown that cancer patients who have good access to care from a designated clinical nurse specialist (CNS) could improve their chances of survival.

Government making ‘inadequate’ progress against commitments on cancer services

5 May 2022

Macmillan appoint Dr Claire Taylor MBE as Chief Nursing Officer

19 May 2022

Macmillan Cancer Support have announced that Dr Claire Taylor will join the organisation in June as its new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). In this role, Claire will jointly lead Macmillan’s Centre of Clinical Expertise alongside Macmillan’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Rosie Loftus.  

PRosPer : designing, developing and funding personalised cancer prehabilitation and rehabilitation ‘How To’ guide now available

21 April 2022

The PRosPer programme provides e-learning on supporting people with cancer in personalised care and support planning, prehabilitation and rehabilitation. It also covers managing the consequences of cancer and its treatment, workforce development and service redesign. The guide defines and explains the importance of prehabilitation and rehabilitation in the personalised care of patients with cancer and showcases examples of projects running across the cancer pathway, before, during, and after treatment.

Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

The SPPC Annual Conference has been rescheduled for Monday 30th May 2022. A lot can happen before then, but for now we are looking forward to welcoming you back in person to the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. 

Supporting primary care teams to talk and be with people who are bereaved or experiencing living grief

Macmillan launch 2022 Prospectus

The prospectus is interactive making it easy to navigate the new learning offer and the designed programme of eLearning modules, webinars, virtual classrooms and blended learning opportunities will help nursing teams develop skills and expand knowledge, so you can continue to provide the best support and care to people affected by cancer.

News from the UKONS SACT Members Interest Group

Macmillan alert card –. A leaflet and alert card for people having systemic anti-cancer treatment (SACT) has been produced by Macmillan.

UKONS Conference 2022


After an enforced 2-year gap UKONS will be particularly pleased to welcome our members, presenters, guests and sponsors to our first face to face conference since 2019. Of course, our two ‘virtual’ conferences have been successful and well-evaluated but there is no substitute for truly reconnecting with each other after the most challenging of times for cancer nursing.

Survey - Cancer and Domestic Abuse: an innovative project to understand these issues

3 February 2022

Macmillan Cancer Support and Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse are working in collaboration to understand the needs and experiences of people affected by cancer and the cancer workforce when it comes to domestic abuse.

We want to improve the services offered to those affected by cancer and abuse, but we can’t do this alone. It is vital that any improvements are led by and grounded in the experiences of people on the frontline.

Raising the Profile of the Cancer CNS – National Cancer CNS Day on Tuesday 15 March

28 January 2022

The growth of the cancer workforce is not keeping pace with the increasing demand for cancer services. The National Cancer Workforce Plan (2017) and NHS England’s People Plan (2020) both pledge to increase and transform the cancer workforce to support the delivery of 21st century care. Over the last few years Macmillan Cancer Support have consistently flagged the concern that around 30% of the specialist cancer nursing workforce will retire in the next 10 years whilst also highlighting that CNS numbers will have to double by 2030 in order to meet the needs of an aging population; many of whom will be living with the effects of cancer or cancer treatment. Running alongside this real threat to CNS numbers, is the fact that the CNS workforce delivers real quality to patients. The presence and accessibility of a CNS is consistently flagged as the major factor in improving the experience of patients with a cancer diagnosis.

Survey: Improving cancer information and support for patients with learning disabilities

28 January 2022

Cancer in people with learning disabilities is on the rise. This is thought to be due to the increase in life expectancy, as a cancer diagnosis increases with age. This means that there will be more people with learning disabilities living with and beyond cancer who need emotional, financial and practical support.

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

2 February 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.

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.