5 March 2015
The Cancer Experience Survey
Health and Social Care Trusts have begun posting out Northern Ireland’s first cancer patient experience survey.
Around 5,500 adults, who were diagnosed with cancer and discharged from hospital between 1st December 2013 and 31st May 2014, will be asked to take part and report back on their experience.
Macmillan has been campaigning for surveys to be carried out right across the UK and has jointly funded the initiative with the Public Health Agency. The data will show if cancer care targets are being met and where improvements can be made.
Heather Monteverde, General Manager for Macmillan in Northern Ireland, says:
'It’s vitally important to measure survival rates and waiting time targets, but it’s equally important to find out what patients really think about the quality of care they receive in and out of hospital. Cancer treatment goes beyond surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, we need people-centred care, not just symptom-focused treatment.'
The Cancer Experience Survey will be sent through the post, with a Freepost envelope to return the completed form. There will also be a FREEPHONE helpline, so anyone who needs assistance with the survey can call 0800 783 1775.