Section 2: Improving local uptake of National Screening Programmes

The 20/21 DES Specification states that PCNs should:

Contribute to improving local uptake of National Screening Programmes:

  1. Collaborate: with system partners to agree PCN contribution to local efforts to improve uptake within agreed timescales – Public Health; Commissioning Team; Cancer Alliance
  2. Build on: existing actions across the PCNs Core Network Practices
  3. Focus: include at least one specific action to engage with a group of low-participation locallyote.This Improving Screening uptake section overlaps with the QOF QI focus (revised September 2020) on increasing cervical screening uptake.

Note: This Improving Screening uptake section overlaps with the QOF QI focus (revised September 2020) on increasing cervical screening uptake.


Screening Resources

Access resources related to screening on the tab below.

Screening Resources

Louise Vernon, CHAMPS Screening Initiatives Programme Manager, outlines the various screening initiatives planned for Cheshire and Merseyside. 

·      A cervical screening toolkit and dashboard, developed by PHE, is available here. This interactive resource illustrates screening coverage and uptake at both CCG and individual GP practice level.

·      CRUK ‘data packs’ also include PCN level data on uptake for bowel, cervical and breast screening. Details of these packs and how to request are in the Getting Started section.

Useful resources to promote screening to known low-uptake groups are below:

  • People living with learning disabilities: easy-read leaflets and promotional videos are here. Photo stories can also be used for patients who are unable to read English or have low literacy.
  • People living with physical disabilities: may need reasonable adjustments. British Sign Language videos about screening from Public Health Scotland can be found here. Specific information on making cervical screening accessible is here.
  • People living will mental illness: more info in this PHE Health Matters blog. A leaflet and a video on cervical screening for people with mental health issues/previous trauma.
  • Trans and gender diverse populations: Trans men assigned as female at birth who have a cervix and/or breasts should still be invited to screening, but can be missed if they are listed as “male” at the GP. More information here.
  • BAME groups:  a video on cervical screening aimed at low literacy/BAME groups can be found here. Phone calls provided by a local charity to breast and bowel non-responders have been found to be useful in some BAME groups.