Our latest news & events

Living Well with Bowel Cancer for patients and their families

22 May 2019 / Event

Bowel Cancer UK will be holding two ‘Living Well with Bowel Cancer’ events in June for anyone affected by the disease. These events are FREE to attend and aimed at patients, family, friends and carers. 

UKONS Position Statement on MDT Reform

17 May 2019 / News

The UKONS board recognises that Multi- Disciplinary Team (MDT) working is a valuable and important element of Cancer Care in the UK. We also recognise that the system is no longersustainable in its current format whereby all patients with a cancer diagnosis are ‘discussed’ initiallyand at various points in their treatment pathway, resulting in a treatment plan being formulated and approved. 

Stomach cancer patients, nurses and surgeons online survey!

16 May 2019 / News

We are looking for patients, cancer nurses and surgeons to participate in an international online survey. We are asking participants to help decide the most important outcomes to report in future surgical trials for gastric cancer. 

Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments (Free on-line course)

20 May 2019 / Event

Discover the science behind targeted cancer treatments on this free course designed for clinical research and oncology nurses. This course is developed by Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

Student Essay Competition

8 May 2019 / News

Win a funded place at the UKONS Annual Conference to be held in Telford on 22–23 November 2019 plus up to £50 travel expenses. Submission deadline is Friday 13th September 2019.

Ten-year figures show dramatic fall in cervical disease following introduction of HPV vaccination in Scotland

7 May 2019 / News

A hugely positive study recently published in the British Medical Journal has indicated that a programme delivering the immunisation of 12-13-year-old girls has resulted in a dramatic reduction in cervical disease in vaccinated 20-year-old women found at screening.

Young Cancer Nurses Study Day: Developing Your Role as a Cancer Nurse

6 June 2019 / Event

This study day is aimed at young cancer nurses or nurses who are new to cancer nursing.

Interview with Mary Wood – Oncology Nurse of the Year

18 April 2019 / News

Mary is a Nurse Consultant in Lymphoedema at the Royal Marsden. Last month she won the BJN ‘Oncology Nurse of the Year’ accolade. UKONS spoke to her a bout her introduction to cancer nursing, her interest in Lymphoedema and her feelings about oncology nursing in general.

Dr Verna Lavender elected as UKONS President Elect

3 April 2019 / News

Dr Verna Lavender has been elected as the ‘President Elect’ for our organisation. This is an important role, which is vital in the transition from one president to the next.

Jobs and vacancies

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Check latest job adverts: London, Romford and Inverness.

British Journal of Nursing Award Winners

21 March 2019 / News

The British Journal of Nursing Awards ceremony was held on 8th March 2019. A range of nursing professionals were awarded for their work in specialist fields. They were recognised for making outstanding contributions and for putting patient care at the heart of their roles, inspiring other colleagues and helping drive the profession forwards.

Call for Abstracts: UKONS 2019 Conference

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UKONS members are invited to submit their abstracts for either a poster and/or an oral presentation. The theme of the conference is ‘Cancer Care: Staying Safe’.

Masterclass: ‘Addressing Common Concerns of Colorectal Cancer Survivors’

19 June 2019 / Event

Wed, 19 June 2019

9:00am – 4:15pm

St Mark's Hospital, Medical Education Centre, Level 6’, Watford Road, Harrow’ HA1 3UJ


This is a one-day masterclass to guide management of the commonest consequences of colorectal cancer treatment; ideally suited to healthcare professionals caring for people living with and beyond colorectal cancer.

UKONS SACT Competency Passport Learning Outcomes

21 February 2019 / News

The UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) have developed a Systemic Anti- Cancer Therapy (SACT) Competency Passport Learning Outcomes Framework, which aligns with the UKONS SACT Competency Passport and provides further guidance for assessing practice competence with the aim of standardising SACT competence assessment across the UK.

To view the UKONS SACT Competency Learning Outcomes Framework, log on to the UKONS website. The document is filed within the SACT MIG resources. 

Register now: UK Oncology Forum

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University of Leicester – Cancer Chemotherapy Course

17-18 May 2019 / Event

A two day meeting for Oncology and Haematology Specialist Registrars, Chemotherapy Nurses and Oncology Pharmacists.

ESMO 2019 Congress – ‘Translating Science into better cancer patient care’

27 Sep - 01 Oct 2019 / Event

ESMO is delighted to announce that the ESMO 2019 annual Congress will take place in partnership with the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) from 27 September to 1 October 2019, at the Fira Barcelona, Spain.

UKONS SACT Passport Training: Birmingham, 27 March

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UKONS supports World Cancer Day

4 February 2019 / News

2019 EONS Research Proposal Workshop

5 June 2019 / Event

This inspiring, three-day event is specifically designed for oncology nurses with an interest in and aptitude for research who would like to develop their confidence and skills in writing a research proposal to address a contemporary clinical issue.

Cancer and ‘The NHS Long-Term Plan’

10 January 2019 / News

Register now: UKONS Conference 2019

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UKONS 2019 Conference

22nd - 23rd November 2019

Telford International Centre


Registration is now open for the UKONS 2019 Conference

Conference rates are found through this LINK.

Click HERE to register.


UKONS Conference 2018 a great success

19 November 2018 / News

The UKONS Board are delighted that our annual conference in Glasgow on 16 and 17 November was such a success.

How to login to our new website

16 November 2018 / News

Instructions on how to login to our new-look website for existing and new members..

Sexual function in patients receiving chemo radiation for Head and Neck Cancer

14 September 2018 / News

A diagnosis of cancer and accompanying treatment can have a negative effect on sexual function. Many people with cancer find this a distressing and worrying feature of their illness which can reduce quality of life. It has been known for some years that patients...

New Patients guide to Breast cancer published

27 September 2018 / News

As we move rapidly into October, Breast Cancer awareness month, a new book entitled ‘The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to feel empowered and take control’ has been published which provides a guide for patients from the point of view of two doctors who have both been diagnosed with, and treated for, breast cancer.

Macmillan Rehabilitation Pathways Published

16 August 2018 / News

In 2013 the Cancer Action Team gathered together the evidence to support the promotion of cancer rehabilitation as a major part of NHS oncology policy.

UK study shows that patients with a cancer diagnosis are at increased risk of suicide

6 July 2018 / News

A UK study has shown that patients with cancer are at increased risk of suicide.