Penny Brohn UK

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Research & Evaluation – What We Do

Cancer Research and Evaluation

We’re very proud to be the in-house Research & Evaluation Team at Penny Brohn UK. The primary purpose of our work is to evaluate Penny Brohn UK’s services using rigorous and objective data collection methodologies. We use this data to help Penny Brohn understand the needs and experiences of its clients and to understand the impact its services have on people’s health and wellbeing. We also work closely with the Services team to develop new services and improve existing ones.

We employ a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, using a mixture of bespoke and validated questionnaires, focus groups and interviews to help us understand the rich and varied experiences of the people Penny Brohn supports.

Over the past 10 years we’ve developed links with dozens of health professionals and academics across the UK and internationally, have published our work in peer-reviewed journals and presented at many national and international conferences.

On this page you’ll find news from our Team and examples of some of our work. You can also follow us on Twitter at @RE_PBUK or email us at

Blog Archive

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Online group cancer support: meeting the needs of people living with cancer in a post Covid world

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The challenges and successes of an online Cancer Treatment Support programme

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Social prescribing and the Government’s vision

Penny Brohn UK has been advocating social prescribing for nearly 40 years. Here are eight ways to incorporate social prescribing into a healthcare process.

Key findings: Nutrition and supplement survey 2019

Key findings from our 2019 nutrition and supplement survey have allowed us to better understand the nutrition needs of people living with and beyond cancer.

Impact of Penny Brohn UK nutrition support services

Results are in following a study, looking into the impact of nutrition advice and support received by people using our services.

The second international social prescribing conference

Dr Helen Seers, Head of Research and Evaluation recaps on her time at the second international social prescribing conference at the University of Westminster, London.


Because I need more than medicine: Our Impact in 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have launched our first ever Impact Report, detailing the impact that our organisation has made during 2018.

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What do we mean by “rethinking medicine”?

In March we were invited by National Voices to join the conversation of Rethinking Medicine, and how medicine can support health and healthcare in England.

Three reasons we’re excited about the NHS long term plan

The ambitious NHS long term plan is putting people at the centre of healthcare and we’re looking forward to seeing the plans unfold.

Social prescribing and person-centred care can only truly exist when healthcare is fully integrated

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Penny Brohn UK’s research reaches international waters

Research into the difference our services make has been presented at conferences in America and Scotland.

Exploring the experiences of post-traumatic growth in individuals with advanced cancer

What is post-traumatic growth and why can it occur in individuals with advanced cancer? Find out more about the research conducted at Penny Brohn UK here.

Cancer survival: Living well with and beyond cancer

Cancer survival rates are increasing thanks to breakthroughs in treatments across the world but what does this mean for the psychological impact of cancer.

Call for better understanding of complementary medicine (CM) in cancer care

Responding to recent publicity on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in cancer care.

Social prescribing is coming of age – how does it relate to what we do?

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Returning to work after treatment

After cancer treatment, it’s normal to look forward to returning to familiar routines but, starting work again can take planning and courage, so it is important to make sure that you are ready for this step.

Phytochemicals in cancer management

A new article on phytochemicals in cancer management.

Integrative Whole Person Oncology Care in the UK

This article looks at how approaches like our Bristol Whole Life Approach are changing cancer care by addressing the needs of the person as well as treating the disease.

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Resilience and realistic hope for women with breast cancer

A piece written by our Medical Director, Dr Catherine Zollman for the Journal of Holistic Healthcare.

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Webinar: Practical learning and tips to put communities at the heart of health and wellbeing

This webinar, draws upon the findings of the Realising the Value programme and how person and community centred approaches have helped people to manage health and wellbeing better.

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Reflections on the National Voices Annual Conference 2017

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Final outputs launched from Realising the Value

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The benefits of person-centred self-management education

The Research & Evaluation team at Penny Brohn UK are excited to publish our latest evaluation report concerning our self-management education services.

Community of Interest Workshop

On 26th April 2016, we invited representatives from our community of interest to Bristol to a workshop at Penny Brohn UK’s National Centre.

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