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.