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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.

Care Quality Commission Report - Provider collaboration review: ensuring the provision of cancer services

30 July 2021

The CQC looked at cancer care in 8 areas of England in March and April 2021. This was when services were under the severe pressure associated with the second wave of COVID-19. They wanted to know whether people were getting the right care at the right time and in the right place, and how collaboration across local areas had made a difference.

New courses and resources to support the NHS Genomic Medicine Service

30 July 2021

Through the NHS Genomic Medicine Service (GMS) in England, more healthcare professionals than ever before will be able to access genomic testing for their patients for the first time. T

Prostate Cancer UK programme - Leading Improvement

30 July 2021

Prostate Cancer UK recognise the important role that nurses play in caring for men with prostate cancer. Their latest programme will support specialist nurses to lead improvements so that men with prostate cancer have their information, physical and emotional needs met. If you’re a Clinical Nurse Specialist and passionate about leading improvements locally to support men with prostate cancer, then this FREE course is for you.

EONS14 at ESMO2021

Opportunity available: EONS14 Grant application

If you are a cancer nurse and have already registered for the EONS14 Congress you can apply for the EONS14 grant scheme. Only one application can be submitted. The grant will cover your individual EONS14 registration fee only.

UKONS Research Grant 2021

(UKONS) is now inviting applications for a research grant of up to £50,000. The funding has been allocated to support a preliminary research study to explore the perception of nurses around potential occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs. The call opened 20th July 2021 and closes on 17th September 2021. The grant panel decision will be made on: 5th November 2021 and the research should be complete by 31st October 2023.

Talking about sex and Cancer

30 July 2021

The impact on sexual wellbeing for patients and their partners who have been treated for cancer has been widely recognised as a significant challenge.  Yet, it is widely reported that health care professionals working across cancer care often do not feel well-equipped to assess sexual care needs and to provide sexual support to patients and their partners.

UKONS Committed to Standardising Acute Oncology Education, Training and Assessment

28 July 2021

The National Acute Oncology Education, Training and Assessment Working Group is a group of key individuals who have come together to try and standardise education and training in Acute Oncology. This is a multi-disciplinary group with representatives from a range of stakeholders including the UKONS Acute Oncology Members Interest Group, Health Education England, Greater Manchester Cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support, the UK Chemotherapy Board and the newly formed Acute Oncology Society. The group is chaired by Dr Verna Lavender, UKONS President.

UKONS Young Cancer/Early Careers Nurses Network virtual educational event

15 July 2021

The UKONS Young Cancer/Early Careers Nurses Network is delighted to invite you to join us for our free virtual educational event held in collaboration with The Christie School of Oncology.

On Wednesday 13th October 2021 between 4pm-7pm - via live stream.

e-learning programme - Personalised care for people with cancer

7 July 2021

Macmillan have developed a new programme in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare to enhance knowledge and understanding of prehabilitation and rehabilitation in people with cancer.

NCRI Annual Review and Launch of Early Career Researcher Forum

7 July 2021

Annual Review 2020-21

In a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, NCRI has continued to have an impact on the advancement of cancer research as well as in the new research area of COVID-19 and cancer.


UKONS support statement on improving cancer care for sexual and gender minorities

7 July 2021

There are approximately 3.6 million people in the UK who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+) and are considered to be in sexual and gender minority (SGM) groups. The published literature suggests that LGBTQ+ patients continue to experience inequalities throughout the cancer pathway, from screening through to late-effects and end-of-life care.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health: Inquiry into Lung Cancer

1 July 2021

We need your Help!

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health (APPG) is conducting an inquiry into lung cancer.

During the COVID pandemic, the halting of the lung cancer screening pilots and restricted access to diagnostic tests have contributed to a 75% drop in urgent lung cancer referrals. This is especially worrying for the long-term outcomes for patients with the fastest progressing cancers such as lung cancer, with a defined life expectancy for which any delay can have life-threatening consequences.

UKONS Board Updates

23 June 2021

As we head towards the second half of the year, a number of board members terms of office on the UKONS board come to a close, some board members step down, and others move into other board roles. We are excited to welcome some entirely new board members voted for by UKONS membership. New positions on the UKONS Board will be formalised at the AGM in December 2021.

National Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) consent forms publication update

22 June 2021

The Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) national regimen specific consent forms are now available and published on the Cancer Research UK website.

Public Health England Report - Chronic Pain in Adults 2017

22 June 2021

This report explores the responses to questions on chronic pain in the 2017 Health Survey for England. It sets out the overall prevalence of chronic pain amongst the general population as well as identifying differences between sub-groups. It examines the site and severity of the chronic pain for those who are experiencing pain, as well as the impact on their mental health.

Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards for 2021

22 June 2021

These awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution Macmillan Professionals and teams make to cancer services. They bring to life our unique spirit by showcasing, not just what Macmillan professionals and teams do, but how they do it.

UK Chemotherapy Board update

7 June 2021

COVID-19 vaccine

Please note that version 4.0 of ‘Clinician FAQs and guidance on COVID-19 vaccine for patients receiving SACT’ is now available on the UKCB website here: https://www.ukchemotherapyboard.org/publications

Please share this version with the members from your organisation.  

Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC)

4 June 2021
  • Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care (England)
  • Strathcarron 'Living Right to the End' Impact Report
  • Sharing current Scottish practice
  • Inspiring Leadership Programme
  • eHospice

Resuscitation council update on anaphylaxis

4 June 2021

This guideline replaces the previous guideline from Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK): Emergency treatment of anaphylactic reactions – Guidelines for healthcare providers (originally published January 2008, annotated July 2012 with links to NICE guidance).

New Macmillan Emotional Health and Well-Being Hub Launched

4 June 2021

Macmillan have responded to the pressure that Macmillan post-holders are experiencing by creating the Macmillan Professionals Well-being Hub. This is a central point via which professionals can easily access resources to help strengthen their self-care and look after their well-being.

Clinical Cancer advances 2021: ASCO’s Report on progress against cancer

This report highlights the most important clinical research advances of the past year and identifies priority areas where ASCO believes research efforts should be focused moving forward. 

Macmillan Updates

30 July 2021

Check out these resources from Macmillan.