1 December 2022
The cancer team at Hywel Dda University Health Board have been awarded funding from Wales Cancer Network and Bevan Commission Innovation fund for a Suspected Cancer Health Optimisation and Prehabilitation Project.
As part of the project, the cancer services team are keen to carry out a review to hear from people who have recently experienced a referral to rule out or confirm a cancer diagnosis.
The review will focus on information specifically about nutrition, exercise, wellbeing as well as smoking and alcohol at a time when individuals are being investigated for a suspected cancer and will help the team improve what information they provide.
The cancer team would like to understand the information individuals received, or would have liked to have received, in relation to their health and wellbeing.
The team are calling on individuals who have experienced a referral to rule out or confirm a cancer diagnosis, that are willing to share their patient experience by filling in an online access to health and wellbeing information questionnaire (opens in new tab). The questionnaire should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and your views will be used to plan future information provided to people.
This review will also give the opportunity for willing individuals take part in a patient experience focus group. The focus group will be an online group and will include 6-8 participants. Participation in this review is optional and you do not have to take part.
If you choose to take part in the focus group, a member of the Prehabilitation team will contact you to confirm the date and time. A gift card with a value of £20 will be provided to all participants of the patient experience focus group as a thank you for your time and contribution.
Prof Tom Crosby, Clinical Director of Cancer Services in Wales said: “This project has the potential to make a huge difference to outcomes of cancer patients in Wales. Involving patients in producing the materials by asking what information is important to them makes this project unique and will certainly help to shape the National Prehabilitation Framework.”
If you would like to participate in the focus group , or if you have any questions that you would like to ask before you decide whether or not to take part, please contact us by E-mail on: prehabilitation.HDD@wales.nhs.uk