Where are we now? Patient Consultation

We have to awaken the patient voice in Wales

Jared Torkington ― Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Patient Consultation

Understanding the experiences, needs, and priorities of patients and carers who have been through bowel cancer care in Wales is essential if we want to improve outcomes in a way which is meaningful for future patients.

In this project, we have worked with Bowel Cancer UK, and the Cedar NHS research group, to deliver a series of surveys, interviews, and focus groups with patients. Through these, we hope to understand their priorities for improvement, and use these to shape our vision of the future.

Through February to August 2022, we have gathered over 70 survey responses, and dozens of patients have discussed their experiences and priorities at in-depth interviews and focus groups with our partners at Cedar.

We'll be using this input to shape our programme, as we begin creating a plan for Wales to start moving Towards Zero Deaths from Bowel Cancer.

Our full report from the patient consultation, authored by our partners at Cedar, will be available in the coming months.

Evidence Review

What could we achieve?