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Welcome to the British Association of Head and Neck Oncology Nurses web site. We hope you like it!

BAHNON exists to facilitate networking between nurses working within the field of head and neck cancer, in order to share ideas and promote good practice.

It is run by a committee of ten nurses who do this in addition to their own full time jobs.

To get started, you can download our Vision, Objectives and Strategy guide. (PDF file)

On this site we aim to help nurses and AHPs share information on best practice, for example guidelines and patient information ideas. These are provided by members who generously wish to share with others. Please feel free to download these and use as you see fit, but in return, please share your own work. We add new documents and news nearly every week so add this site to your Favourites list so you can check it regularly.

The BAHNON Conference

2013 sees another BAHNON conference which will take place in Manchester on June 14th.  The will be an exciting speaker programme which will look all areas of the head and neck cancer pathway with an emphasis on survivorship issues.  The conference has gone from strength to strength over the years and is a fabulous opportunity to hear about novel innovations in head and neck cancer nursing as well as providing an opportunity to network with your peers. 

The committee is very aware that study leave is fast becoming a luxury for nurses across the UK and that funding is equally difficult to come by but if there is one conference that you attend in 2014,  let if be the BAHNON one.  There are grants available from BAHNON, Macmillan and often the medical reps can assist with funding so think creatively about how to fund your application and enjoy a day of learning.

As usual we welcome abstracts for posters and presentations from our members.  Keep an eye on the website for abstract templates  which will be uploaded imminently but also look out for them in your newsletter which is on its way. You may want to present work from your Masters, a recent audit or a service evaluation that you have completed - the committee will look at all applications on an individual basis.

For further information on the conference please contact our Conference Secretary Annette on

Education Grants available to members 

BAHNON offers 6 education grants each year, up to a maximum of £250 each, for members wishing to attend an educational event. This could be for used for regisration fees or travel expenses. Applicants must be paid up members of BAHNON, must submit an application form which will be reviewed by the committee and provide a review of their learning for the newsletter or conference.  

Looking forward to reviewing your applications

Download an application form - Education grant application form.pdf

(Some people have reported difficulty inserting text onto this form, until we can resolve this please, select all, copy and save as a word document and you should then be able to insert text and email) 

Research Grants

BAHNON is committed to increasing the profile of research in head and neck cancer nursing and to this effect has established research grants of up to £500 to help with the cost of research.  To apply for the grant you should email the chairperson directly or contact through the website with an abstract of your research proposal which will be presented to the committee for approval.

BAHNO Conference

Friday 26th April  Royal College of Physicians London

The Scientific Basis for Symptom Control in Head and Neck Cancer

BAHNON will be represented by the Chair, Sarah Patt, at the 2013 conference on the Case based panel discussion : Palliative Care in Head and Neck Cancer so do lend your support.

See website for information

Best Wishes

Sarah (Chair)



How do I join BAHNON?

Download a membership application form (Registered Nurses and Dental Nurses), or associate membership application form (AHPs), then send it off with your membership fee.

Make life easier and pay by standing order - download a form

These files are in Microsoft Word format.