This year’s national cancer patients’ experience survey programme (CPESP) has commenced. Following the results of the 2010 survey, and the publication shortly of the national and trust level reports of the 2011/12 survey, it has been agreed to repeat the survey in 2012/13. This will build on progress that has already been made and target efforts to continue to improve patients’ experience of NHS cancer care.
The survey will cover all acute and specialist NHS trusts in England that provide adult acute cancer services. Recently admitted adult patients with a primary diagnosis of cancer will be included. A letter, has been sent to all NHS trust and foundation trust chief executives.
The 2012/13 survey supports implementation of Improving outcomes: A strategy for cancer(January 2011) and the NHS Operating Framework 2012/13 which defines quality as those indicators of safety, effectiveness and patient experience that provide an indication that standards are being maintained or improved.