CPES measures cancer patients' experiences and is used to effectively highlight areas of improvement in patient care.
However, the survey only records data from those aged over 16. CLIC Sargent believes capturing the experiences of patients under 16 will help improve care both now and in the future.
CLIC Sargent Chief Executive Kate Lee said: “Recording and evaluating the experiences of cancer patients is vital to improving health care and the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey gives a real insight into the experiences of cancer patients, which we welcome.
"However, there is currently no equivalent for cancer patients under 16. Each year around 1,600 under 14s find out they have cancer but they are not given the same chance as adults to share their experiences in a way that will inform and improve future care.
“This is a missed opportunity as the more we know about how all cancer patients’ experiences, the more improvements that can be made. As the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people we have the expertise and support available to assist NHS England in developing methodology to record a truer reflection of young cancer patients’ experiences.”
To find out more about the CPES 2015 survey visit: www.ncpes.co.uk