Increase Uptake of National Screening Programmes

Working with NCA and Public Health Commissioners agree the PCN contribution to local efforts to improve screening uptake (cervical, breast and bowel)

  • Review screening data
  • Build on any existing actions across PCN practices

Include at least one specific action to engage a low participation group; locally.

CRUK Facilitator Offer of Support 

The CRUK Facilitator for your area can offer a wide variety of support on this area.

Contact details can be found by following the link below:

Cancer Research UK Team Contact Details

Getting Started 

Visit the CRUK GP contract hub 

Understand Your Data

Visit our Referral Practices for Suspected Cancers data page here.

NHS Digital Cervical Screening Data

Information in this quarterly publication is presented at primary care, clinical commissioning group (CCG) and local authority levels. Data is published in 3 separate online interactive dashboards.

Review the NHS Digital cervical screening data here.

Request CRUK data pack and support visit from your CRUK Facilitator

A CRUK data pack is a snapshot of your cancer indicators for referral and recognition and all screening which is benchmarked to the PCN, CCG and England average. An example of the data packs is shown below.

Cancer Research UK data packs example

Identify patient population inequalities and focus screening 

This ‘Reducing Inequalities in Bowel Screening Guide’ produced by Cancer Research UK offers practical tips to help reduce inequalities as well as signposting to further resources.

There is also a quality improvement module for learning disabilities, this can be accessed here. 

Resources and Information

There is a wide range of resources and information available for learning disabilities and screening including:

For Targeted work in areas of high social deprivation link into the regional Screening Saves Lives  – Cervical Screening Initiative – to find out more click here.

Further support

Gateway C Courses; FIT 

(There are many courses available, but the FIT course focuses on FIT which replaced the gFOBt 2019)

Macmillan resources for health professionals 

(Macmillan has produced toolkits, guidance documents and online training modules to support GPs as they connect with cancer patients from early diagnosis through to after treatment, and at end-of-life)

Online learning & support 

(CRUK have produced 6 bite sized videos (3-8 minutes long) to share key learning points for busy GPs and health professionals)

All screening resources 

Population screening resources are available here for all cancer screening programmes in the UK.

Considerations for other languages and groups;

Jo’s Trust website contains useful resources, videos in other languages and for people with learning disabilities.

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