CANAssess Research Study

Sheffield is one of four areas taking part in the £1.4m CANAssess study which aims to improve the support given to cancer patients in primary care. The study, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research and led by the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre at the University of Hull in conjunction with the Leeds Clinical Trials Unit, will test if there is a way to improve how to identify and manage the symptoms and concerns of people who have been diagnosed with cancer within general practice. 

“CANAssess is an exciting study which we hope will help provide evidence that will improve the support provided to cancer patients in the UK. The recruitment phase has finished and we are really proud of our recruitment figures in Sheffield.

“This represents many months of hard work.  It’s the first time that Sheffield has conducted a trial using this model and the first time Primary Care Sheffield has been involved. Our recruitment compares very favourably with other hubs and the fact that all our sites reached their targets is particularly impressive considering the current workload and the effect of the COVID pandemic. I’d like to say many thanks to each of our GP practice-based leads.”

Dr Jon Dickson, Clinical Lead for Research at PCS|Research

End of the recruitment phase

Across the whole of the study the aim was to recruit 850 participants. The target for each practice was 10 with a maximum capacity of 35 participants per practice. 

Total participants recruited up to 31/08/2023 in Sheffield: 239 from 12 practices = Average of 20 participants per practice.

The final recruitment figures for the Sheffield Hub are below:

Practice NameTotal Patients
Ecclesfield Group Practice17
Mosborough Health Centre33
Heeley Green Surgery18
Nethergreen Surgery35
Conisbrough Group Practice14
Shiregreen Medical Centre10
Greystones Medical Centre10
Wincobank Medical Centre23
Clifton Medical Centre31
The Valleys Medical Partnership16
The Crookes Practice22
White House Surgery10

Role of PCS|Research

The Sheffield Hub is hosted by PCS|Research.

PCS worked with practices in Sheffield to support them to join the study. Our support includes work by our research nurses who undertake the consent process with patients and undertake follows ups over a six-month period. At the same time our data coordinator provides administrative support including preparing patient packs and undertaking data entry. The at-scale support provided by PCS makes it possible for more practices to take part including those covering the economically deprived areas of Sheffield which traditionally have not been able to take part in research projects of this kind. 

Next Steps

Follow-up visits for CANAssess data collection will continue for a few more months, and then the study will close and final analysis of the data will commence. The main study results paper and other publications are expected in 2024.