Let’s talk about cancer and help improve services

People who have gone through cancer treatment are being invited to have a chat and a cuppa with local health staff to share their experiences of NHS care.

NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and Bradford & Airedale Cancer Support want to hear what patients think about cancer services.

They want patients who have gone through, or are still having treatment for cancer to join them for a chat and a cuppa on Friday 17 October at the Bradford Cancer Support & Information Centre.
Kath Helliwell, head of service improvement at the Bradford CCGs, said: “We want our NHS cancer services to be first-rate so people get the right care and experience they need at such a difficult time.

“Most of the time we get things right, but it’s important for us to know when things don’t go as well as they should, so we can work to make things better: that’s why we want people to come along and tell us their experiences and any ideas they have for improving services.

“Patients’ views will help us shape future services and learn what we’re doing right – and where we need to make changes.”

A key priority of the Bradford CCGs is to take on board the experiences of patients and carers and use them to help improve local services, based around what people really need to make their lives better.

There will be several groups at the event looking specifically at the following issues, which people will be asked to share their experiences and thoughts about: before your diagnosis; being told you had cancer; treatment; support; and survivorship.

The event is on Friday 17 October from 11am to 1pm at the Bradford Cancer Support & Information Centre, Smith Lane, Bradford BD9 6DA.

Anyone who wants to come along can call: 01274 776688 or email: communications@bradford.nhs.uk