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.

Getting Started 

CRUK Resources:

Visit the CRUK GP contract hub 

Delivering the Primary Care Network (PCN) service specification on early cancer diagnosis 2022/23

Key resources


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.

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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