Health written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider developing an indicator based on the National Cancer Patient Experience in the NHS Outcomes Framework and Commissioning Outcomes Framework to incentivise improvements at local level.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

We will shortly be publishing the results from the national Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2011 and we expect that they would continue to be used in supporting local action to bring about improvements.

The current focus of patient experience measures in the NHS Outcomes Framework takes a generic approach recognising that people often have more than one condition. While we are committed to keeping the framework under review, we are keen to maintain this balance so that the framework represents the breadth of national health service activity.

For the Commissioning Outcomes Framework, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published a list of potential indicators as part of their public consultation on 1 February. This list included an appendix of further potential indicators to be considered for future development as they would not be ready for April 2013. The appendix included an indicator on patient experience of cancer services. NICE's independent advisory committee met in public on 21-22 May to consider the evidence base. NICE is expected to publish recommendations on 1 August. The NHS Commissioning Board will then make decisions on the shape of the framework for 2013-14.

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