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London and Manchester cancer patients wanted to play key role in improving survey on care

People living with and beyond cancer in Manchester and London are being asked to take part in research that will help improve how well the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) captures the views of people living with cancer.

Independent healthcare research charity Picker is undertaking the research for NHS England.  They want to speak to people that currently have cancer or have previously had cancer, as well as family members and carers of cancer patients. They will be asked to take part in discussion groups, and the results will be used to review the current cancer survey in England to make sure that people’s voices are being heard.

The focus groups will take place in London and Manchester between the 4th and 9th of April. CEO of Picker, and lead researcher for the project, Chris Graham said “Understanding people’s experiences of cancer care is vital to improving the quality of services in the future. To help with this, it is important that the national cancer patient experience survey addresses the issues that are most relevant to people living with and beyond cancer.”

To take part, the participants must be 18 years old or over, and must either have or have had cancer or be a carer or family member to somebody with cancer.

Participants will attend a 90 minute discussion group with a researcher. There will be six to eight people in the discussion group, as well as a researcher leading the group, and the group will be asked about:

  • Their views and experiences around cancer services
  • What are the most important aspects of care to them
  • Their opinions on how cancer care could be improved.
  • Whether the current survey allows them to express your views fully

All participants will be given a £25 Love2shop gift voucher as a thank you for taking part. None of the people who take part will be identified in the published report from the research.

Anyone who fits the criteria and would like to take part can contact Lizzie Thwaites at Picker:
Telephone: 01865 208133 / 01865 208100
Email: [email protected]