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National Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist Day (April 26 2023)

26 April 2023

Cancer is a complex and significant disease that will affect 1 in 2 of us during our lifetime.  In the United Kingdom (UK), the number of people living with a cancer diagnosis is set to double to 4 million in 2030. To meet the ever-increasing needs of people living with cancer now and in the future: we need to develop and invest in the cancer workforce. 


PeCAN Study - UK potential occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs and use of personal protection equipment Survey

This is a UKONS funded project by Edinburgh Napier University to generate evidence on the current potential occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs and use of personal protection equipment in the UK.


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.

UKONS launches Fundamentals of Cancer Care

3 November 2022


The delayed and much anticipated UKONS Fundamentals of Cancer Care was launched on the 24th of October 2022, at Guys and St Thomas with both in-person and virtual attendance. The event was organised by Guys Cancer Academy and UKONS. The morning session was introduced by Dr. Verna Lavender, the Director of Guys Cancer Academy, followed by presentations from Mark Foulkes, current President of UKONS and Nurse Consultant/Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Karen Campbell, Macmillan Associate Professor in Cancer Care, of Edinburgh Napier University, and the book’s EBN publisher Duncan Enright.

By Flora Dangwa

UKONS Belfast 2022 - Conference Preview

11 November 2022

UKONS represents the voice of cancer nursing across the four nations and so we are particularly excited to be based in Belfast for the 2022 conference. The port city of Belfast is a vibrant place with a character and sense of style all of its own, and we are particularly pleased to be on the doorstep of our UKONS members from Northern Ireland for our conference. What makes this year’s conference particularly special is the fact that the previous two have been on-line only. Although these were successful and very well evaluated, they did lack the opportunities for in-person discussion, networking, and social connection.

The full agenda is available here and a full range of information on the conference including prices and hints on accommodation can be found here

Wellbeing and Mental Health Podcast Series

Roche Products Ltd, a Principle UKONS Partner, is passionate about promoting the importance of mental health awareness and wellbeing in the workplace. As a follow up to the recent Compassion Fatigue Podcast, Roche are now delighted to present a Wellbeing and Mental health podcast mini-series.

Each podcast explores a different element of wellbeing in the workplace and is designed to help support & develop a deeper awareness of our own mental health & wellbeing, so we are better equipped to manage the stresses of everyday life.

National Evaluation of Capacity in Intravenous Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (IV SACT) Preparatory Services

For some time concerns have been expressed across the UK regarding pharmacy aseptic SACT services and their ability to meet the ever-increasing demand for intravenous systemic anticancer therapy (IV SACT).

UKONS Digital SACT Competency Passport

8 September 2022

UKONS are excited to announce a new collaboration to bring the SACT Competency Passport to a fully digital solution, based on the Compassly competency passporting app.

Patients receiving cancer treatment should be encouraged to engage in exercises

A new guideline published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has recommended that patients actively receiving cancer treatment should engage in aerobic and resistance exercises. This is likely to benefit patients in terms of increased quality of life and alleviated treatment-related toxicities. This recommendation is made following an analysis of 52 systematic reviews and a further 23 randomized controlled trials

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: 21st 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.

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.

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.