Living well with cancer

1. Why are we asking?



NHS England has laid out plans to provide personalised care and to improve quality of life outcomes of people living with cancer:

More people than ever are living with and beyond cancer. Receiving care that is tailored to a person’s needs can have a significant impact on their experience and quality of life.

Cancer Alliances are working to ensure that every person receives personalised care and support from cancer diagnosis onwards. There are three key areas of this work:

  • Providing personalised care and support interventions
    • The NHS Long Term Plan for Cancer states that “where appropriate every person diagnosed with cancer will have access to personalised care, including needs assessment, a care plan and health and wellbeing information and support.”
  • Providing personalised stratified follow up care
    • The NHS Long Term Plan for Cancer states that  “after treatment, the person will move to a follow-up pathway that suits their needs, and ensures they can get rapid access to clinical support where they are worried that their cancer may have recurred.”
  • Measuring quality of life
    • The NHS Long Term Plan for Cancer promised to “introduce an innovative quality of life metric to track and respond to the long-term impact of cancer”.

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Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin NHS are working to improve cancer care services for the local population through the implementation of their Integrated Cancer Strategy 2022 - 2027.

Our project

To support the improvements to cancer care services and to ensure that the patient voice is at the center of developments we would like to hear about patient experience of living with cancer in Shropshire. We would like to hear from all patients who have received treatment and support during the last two years.

What will we ask?
This survey asks a few questions about current services and what you would like to see change. It is anonymous, we will not ask for any contact information unless you would like to be considered for further involvement, for example joining a focus group to share your experience and views.

As well as your feedback, we also ask you to volunteer some personal information which is optional. This helps us to understand how different groups experience local health and social care services and supports our focus on improving equality, diversity and inclusion.

If you are sharing information on behalf of another person make sure that you have their permission to do so, or that they are not identifiable from the information you share. If you are a professional who would like to share your wider experiences of cancer care you can do so here Share your views | Healthwatch Shropshire 

How we use this information?
The information you share with us will be shared with Healthwatch England and can be shared with regulators such as the Care Quality Commission, those who pay for and organise services (commissioners),  and the relevant service provider. This helps us spot trends both locally and nationally to identify areas for improvement.

We will publish a report based on what we hear and may use quotes in our published reports, but we will not use any information that will identify you.