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Digital SACT Competency Passport

18 October 2023

UKONS are delighted to confirm that the Digital SACT Competency Passport has completed testing and will be rolling out this autumn. To help support the roll-out, UKONS will be hosting a range of virtual and digital events.

The first event will be on Wednesday 18th October 2023 at the Royal Marsden in London (Chelsea site), from 13:00 to 17:00 and will be open to SACT passport markers and assessors from around the UK.

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 Sessions at ISNCC Conference and UKONS Discount

UKONS are proud to be welcoming the ISNCC to Glasgow for ICCN2023

UKONS will be at the UK Oncology Forum - 15-16th June

21 May 2023

The UK Oncology Forum now enters its nineteenth year, we are delighted that the meeting will take place for 2023 at the ICC, Birmingham 15th & 16th June.

May 18: UKONS is national society host for ECND23 and welcomes EONS colleagues

16 May 2023

UKONS President, Mark Foulkes, tweets: "The UKONS Board and the UK are hosting ECND23 in Scotland for the first time in many years. I think this gives an important message about the importance of UK cancer nursing in Europe and the strength across our four nations."

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, Sophie Maycock and Beth Pantlin, to represent the views of young cancer nurses or those who are early in their oncology careers.

British Journal of Nursing Oncology Nurse of the Year Award 2023

24 March 2023

The UKONS Board were delighted to once again partner with the British Journal of Nursing to support the Oncology Nurse of the Year Award. Well done to all the nominees who entered submissions for this very competitive award.

UKONS Conference now open for registration

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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.