BSCAH National

Specialist Module - Hypnosis in oncology

When: 12/02/2022 10am-4pm
About the training:

A one-day online training on the use of hypnosis in oncology with Prof Leslie Walker, Phyllis Alden and Beverley Longhurst will take place on zoom.

Please note the deadline to book this course is: Thursday 10th February 2022 at Midday.

These modules are specialist modules designed to enhance and develop a delegate's knowledge and understanding of medical hypnosis. It is assumed that delegates will have already completed an introductory course to hypnosis (Module 1 or equivalent). This knowledge will be required in order to achieve the learning outcomes for these specialist modules. If you wish to do an introduction to hypnosis course please click here. If you have any queries about the course or your eligibility, please contact Hilary Walker: or Ann Williamson:

10am- 12.30am
10.00 – 10.20  Introductions (tutors and trainees)
10.20 – 11.25  Evidence base and discussion 
11.25 – 11.30  Comfort break
11.30 - 12.30   Working to reduce distress including demoralisation, uncertainty (Sword of Damocles) and procedural distress 
1.30 - 2.30       Helping with side effects of treatment (fatigue, nausea and vomiting, alopecia, body image and sexual problems)
2.30 – 2.55      Small group work in breakout rooms
2.55 – 3.00      Comfort break
3.00 – 4.00      Managing cancer pain  and Issues around terminal care
                          Feedback and discussion

Learning Objectives
To understand the place of hypnosis throughout the cancer journey
To be aware of the evidence base – what do we know and what do we still need to know?
To be able to utilise hypnotic techniques where and when appropriate with oncology patients

£100 (BSCAH members)

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Concessions may be available upon application to 
Last date of booking Thursday 10th February 2022 at Midday.

Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled up to 4 weeks prior to event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-4 weeks before the event, no refund if cancelled after this time.

Prof Leslie Walker

Leslie G Walker is Emeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Hull, UK.  Until 2009 when he retired from the NHS and the University of Hull, he held the Foundation Chair of Cancer Rehabilitation and was the Clinical Lead for the Division of Cancer in the Postgraduate Medical Institute. He was also Director of the Oncology Health Service, and a founding member of the Faculty of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).

Since the 1970s, he has used hypnosis to treat a range of clinical problems, and he has carried out five randomised clinical trials to evaluate the effects of hypnotherapy, primarily in cancer-related distress.  He is a former Member of the Council of the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis and, in 2015, he was made an Honorary Life Member of the British Association for Clinical and Academic Hypnosis “in recognition of his contribution to hypnosis and the Society”. 


Professor Walker has given numerous Invited Lectures and Keynote Addresses throughout the world, and he has over 300 publications to his name.  He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a former Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and the Society of Biology.  


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Phyllis Alden
Phyllis Alden is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who worked in a variety of fields including Adult Mental Health, Pain, Spinal Cord Injury before finding her real clinical love, Oncology and Palliative Care. For a number of years before ‘retiring’ from the NHS, she worked exclusively in cancer care. Since retiring from ‘regular gainful employment’ in the NHS, she has worked in private practice with a particular interest in trauma. However last year she was recruited back into the NHS to work, once more, in oncology. She has been using hypnosis in clinical practice for over 30 years and has been committed to the development of hypnotic approaches in pain, trauma and oncology. She had been involved in the teaching of hypnotic approaches for many years.


Beverley Longhurst
Beverley obtained a Bachelor of Nursing followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer. With over a decade as a breast clinical nurse specialist, following both inpatient and radiotherapy oncology care, she has had a lot of experience of working with patients, survivors and carers. She trained in hypnosis and worked for the MacMillan centre at the Harley Street Clinic between 2018-2020. She also trained in yoga and combines both approaches in her private practice.



Hilary Walker: