17 October 2014
Cancer patients across Scotland will help shape the future of cancer care thanks to the first ever national patient experience survey.
The announcement from the Scottish Government comes after years of influencing work from the Macmillan team in Scotland. The go ahead for the survey brings Scotland into line with England, Wales and Northern Ireland where Macmillan has already worked with health officials to put in place the vital surveys.
Macmillan’s director for the Celtic Nations, Elspeth Atkinson, said: 'A cancer patient experience survey is something Macmillan in Scotland has wanted for some time. We are delighted the Scottish Government has announced it will be going ahead.
This will be the first time such a comprehensive survey of cancer patients’ experiences of care has been conducted in Scotland and Macmillan are very pleased to be a partner in this vitally important initiative.
We know from our experiences in England and Wales that the information and insights that come from the survey will help us identify where care is good and where it could be better.
We look forward to working with the Scottish Government and health boards across Scotland to launch the survey next year.'
The patient experience survey will ask patients about every aspect of their care from diagnosis onwards.
The survey will seek information on how well patients feel staff explained their illness and treatment, if they felt they were treated with respect and if they were given information about vital local support services.