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DCP Faculty for Oncology and Palliative Care

The Faculty for Oncology and Palliative Care exists to support psychologists working in the specialist area of oncology and palliative care. 

Aims

  • To disseminate the knowledge and skills of Faculty members among pre- and post-qualification clinical psychologists. 
  • To promote a wider understanding of psychological work in oncology and palliative care settings.
  • To promote and support advances in psychosocial knowledge and research.
  • To promote high standards of psychosocial care and quality of life among individuals, families, staff and others coping with cancer, illnesses requiring palliative care and bereavement.
  • To promote the highest standards in the application of psychological knowledge to clinical problems in oncology and palliative care.
  • To raise awareness of cultural and other differences in oncology and palliative care.
  • To share information among, and support the interests of members of the group in their activities in oncology and palliative care.
  • Where appropriate, to collaborate with other organisations, group or individuals with similar interests.

Background

On 30th October 1996 fourteen clinical psychologists who worked in cancer and palliative care met in Bristol to form a professional support group. Since then it has become the Faculty for Oncology and Palliative Care and has a membership of over 200 across the UK.  We think the size of the faculty now is a testament to the great work of many clinical psychologists in the field in clinical care, research and leadership. It also speaks to the inclusive and supportive philosophy of the faculty.

The Faculty has met at least twice a year ever since, alternating its meetings between London and outside London. The faculty also has ‘workstreams’ where it tries to advance our practice in specific areas.  At the moment our workstreams address level 2 training and supervision, specialist induction for level 3 or 4 staff, and inpatient work.  

We have just published guidelines on risk reducing mastectomy.

The Faculty warmly welcomes non-clinical psychologists, though only Full members of the DCP may vote on Faculty matters.

We hope to use this website as a way of linking members with one another and keeping them up-to-date with news and forthcoming meetings.

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