A study of how people use therapy practitioners’ services of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

All cancer types





This study is looking at what, when, where and how people who have had cancer access therapy practitioner services. And how they use them after their discharge from hospital. 

It is open to people who have used at least 1 of the following therapy practitioners:

  • Occupational therapist Open a glossary item
  • Physiotherapist Open a glossary item
  • Speech and language therapist Open a glossary item
  • Psychologist Open a glossary item
  • Podiatrist (someone who treats feet problems)
  • Orthotist (someone who provides medical devices such as splints)
  • Dietician Open a glossary item

More about this trial

There are many cancer services that are available to people who have or had cancer. But there isn’t a current clear pathway for people to access them. 

In this study the researcher wants to find out how people use these cancer services. To do this they will interview people who have accessed the service of a therapy practitioner. 

The aims of this study are to:

  • understand people’s experiences of using the services of a therapy practitioner
  • identify what is good practice for these therapy practitioners
  • identify possible improvements to accessing these services

Who can enter

The following bullet points are a summary of the entry conditions for this study. Talk to your doctor or the study team if you are unsure about any of these. They will be able to advise you. 

Who can take part

You may be able to join this study if all of the following apply. You live in the area of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and you:

  • had cancer care in the past 4 years
  • have been discharged from the cancer services at least 2 years ago 
  • are at least 18 years old

And you have used the services of at least one of following:

  • an occupational therapist
  • a physiotherapist
  • a speech and language therapist
  • a psychologist
  • a podiatrist (someone who treats feet problems)
  • an orthotist (someone who provides medical devices such as splints)
  • a dietician

Who can’t take part

You cannot join this study if you are having palliative care Open a glossary item or end of life care.

Trial design

The researcher will interview you. They will arrange the interview at a place and time that is convenient for you. Or if you prefer they can arrange an online interview. The interview will take between 1 and 2 hours.

The questions are about your experiences of the cancer services you have used. And the cancer care you had. 

The researcher will ask your permission to record the interview.

You get a £10 Amazon voucher for taking part.

Hospital visits

There are no hospital visits if you take part. The interview takes place at a time and place convenient for you.

Side effects

Talking about and sharing your experiences might be emotional and overwhelming. It might remind you of times that were distressing or difficult. 

You can ask to stop the interview at any time or ask to withdraw from the study. 

At the end of the interview the researcher will give you a debrief sheet. This has a list of people and organisations you can contact should you want to talk to someone. 

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

How to join a clinical trial

Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Chief Investigator

Sara Pocknell

Supported by

Cardiff University
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2)

If you have questions about the trial please contact our cancer information nurses

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:


Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials in the UK last year.

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