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.
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 Name||Total Patients|
|Ecclesfield Group Practice||17|
|Mosborough Health Centre||33|
|Heeley Green Surgery||18|
|Conisbrough Group Practice||14|
|Shiregreen Medical Centre||10|
|Greystones Medical Centre||10|
|Wincobank Medical Centre||23|
|Clifton Medical Centre||31|
|The Valleys Medical Partnership||16|
|The Crookes Practice||22|
|White House Surgery||10|
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.
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.