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Wanted: ethnic minority patients and carers who can share their experiences of cancer

Patient surveys have shown that cancer patients from ethnic minority backgrounds tend to have different experiences from White British patients when receiving cancer care support in England. For example, some ethnic minority groups are less likely to report being treated with respect and dignity in hospital or receiving support from GPs and nurses.

brap, an equality charity, is undertaking a project on behalf of NHS England to better understand the experience of cancer patients from ethnic minority backgrounds in order to help the NHS to improve the way it approaches care in the future.

brap would like to meet and speak with ethnic minority patients and carers who wish to share their experiences of their cancer journey. They will be visiting Birmingham, London and Nottinghamshire and working with local community groups to find out more about issues people are experiencing.

They are also offering the opportunity for people’s experiences to be recorded or even shared on film if participants feel comfortable to share their views in this way. In October and November 2018, they will produce a report and share the views of people by audio and film to help raise awareness of the experiences of ethnic minority patients and carers.

If you are a cancer patient from an ethnic minority background or their carer, brap would like to hear from you. They will be able to cover local travel expenses to help you participate in interviews if required.

If you work for a community group or organisation that supports people from ethnic minority backgrounds and would like to get involved with this work they would also love to hear from you.

To find out more please get in touch with Rahela Hussain via email on [email protected] or Asif Afridi on [email protected]. Or you can telephone 0121 272 8450.