This report calls for all NHS organisations to commit to working more closely with patients to meet the requirements of a new relationship with patients and communities outlined in the NHS five year forward view. It looks at what can be achieved by NHS professionals working with patients and looks in detail at case studies drawn from the Fund’s ground-breaking national collaborative pairs (which included Healthwatch Hampshire) programme, which supported patients and health professionals to work together on a wide range of local initiatives.
The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2015 results were published this week. This annual survey of how cancer patients are cared for in the NHS has undergone a review to ensure it is a better tool to help deliver the national cancer strategy, and follows consultation involving patients, clinicians and other stakeholders to ensure it best represents patient experience.
Nationally, the survey shows people reported positively on areas including involvement in decisions about their care and treatment, and feeling they were being treated with dignity and respect.
However, it suggests clear areas for improvement, with many people responding that they would like more support from GPs and nurses at their practice during their cancer treatment; and many feeling they weren’t given enough care and support from their local health or social services.
The reports also highlighted a lot of variation between both clinical commissioning groups and hospital trusts in the experience people had across a range of areas.