Is commissioning research to explore how and to what extent their services and health information are having the reach intended
Introduction (About Prostate Cancer UK)
Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. We have three priorities:
- Supporting men and providing information
- Finding answers by funding research
- Leading change to raise awareness and improve care
With help from our volunteers, we work with the general public, the government and the NHS to raise awareness and get a better deal for men with prostate cancer. We work particularly hard to raise awareness among high-risk groups such as men over 50, African Caribbean men and men whose father or brother has had prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer UK is funded almost entirely by companies, trusts, community groups and individuals. Every year thousands of supporters take part in events or challenges to raise money. We are also the main UK beneficiary of money raised by The Movember Foundation. For more information about Prostate Cancer UK, please see our website: prostatecanceruk.org.
Background to research and summary of proposal
In support of our new Ten-Year strategy, Prostate Cancer UK is currently conducting a review of our service offer to men with prostate cancer and their families, and men at risk of prostate cancer. As part of this process the organisation is commissioning research to explore how and to what extent our services and health information are having the reach intended, and where any gaps in provision, or unmet need, exist across the full range of UK NHS care services.
Aim of the research/evaluation
The aim of the research is to provide data on the services and support offered by Prostate Cancer UK, its current range and reach, the demand for our services, and how our work integrates with other services offered by other providers. The research will identify underlying trends or reasons for any gaps in provision in our target audiences. This will include an exploration of service and information access and use and highlight areas where provision is poor e.g. by geographical location, age, ethnicity etc.
We have recently undertaken an analysis of best practice in relation to prostate cancer services across the UK, exploring: diagnosis; treatment; and support (the Best Practice Pathway). The successful researcher will need to explore how our service reach, demand, and any gaps in provision reflect the best practice pathway, and implications for the development of our clinical and information services.
Deadline and Interviews
- The deadline for applications is 5pm 27th April 2017.
- Interviews will be held on the 9th May.