Patient surveys

Patient feedback is important to help us find out where cancer care is working well, which services need to improve and what we need more of.

You can read about the various cancer surveys below, and look at past results.

If you receive an invitation to complete one of these surveys we encourage you to do so, to help cancer services continue to improve and meet the needs of our local population.

The Cancer Quality of Life Survey is a national survey run by NHS England. The survey is for people in England who have been diagnosed with cancer.

From July 2021 we have begun the process of rolling out the survey to all cancer patients around 18 months after diagnosis.

The aim of the survey is to find out how quality of life may have changed for people diagnosed with cancer. We want to see where care is working well or not so well, and if any new services are needed. To do this, we’re asking how people who have experienced cancer are feeling and comparing their answers with information about their cancer diagnosis and treatment. This will help us to improve the way we support people to live as long and as well as possible.

The Under 16 Cancer Patient Experience Survey asks questions about NHS cancer or tumour care in England.

The survey is sent to children under the age of 16 and their parents or carers who have recently had care at certain hospitals in England. Those hospitals are Principal Treatment Centres (PTCs).

Some children who are 16 years old may also be sent a survey if they received care within the past year as a 15 year old.

Welcome to the website for the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.

The survey is part of the national NHS Cancer Programme, in which patient experience is just as important as clinical effectiveness and safety. It has been designed to track national progress on cancer care, to improve quality, to assist providers of cancer care and to inform the work of the various charities and groups supporting cancer patients.

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