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James Brennan is one of the UK’s leading authorities on the psychological impact of illness on individuals, couples and families. He was Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Bristol Oncology Centre for over twenty years, providing treatment for a broad range of patients. Before that he spent ten years working in London's mental health services. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at the University of Bristol and has conducted research and lectured internationally in the area of cancer psychology.
His 2004 book Cancer in Context – a practical guide to supportive care (Oxford University Press) received many accolades from reviews in international scientific journals and has been reprinted four times.
Areas of interest
Cancer; Serious illness; Physical trauma; Depression; Anxiety disorders; Bereavement; Couple and relationship difficulties; Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); Palliative care; Work-related stress
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Cardiac conditions
- Gynaecological disorders
Anxiety and depression, particularly in the context of illness
Adjustment to life crises
Holistic needs assessment in healthcare
Theatre, sculpture, walking, carpentry, history, 'classical' music, and playing the piano
2009 Karen Ehlert Award "for outstanding contribution to clinical health psychology and highly influential work in cancer care".
Cancer in Context - a practical guide to supportive care (Oxford University Press)
- BA (Hons) Psychology York University (Canada) 1977
- MPhil (Clinical Psychology) Institute of Psychiatry 1981
- PsychD University of Surrey 1999
Affiliations / memberships
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
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Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.