Under Review — this page was due to be reviewed by Friday, 31 May 2024. The information shown here may be outdated.

This page provides a list of resources to help support primary care to achieve the 2023-24 Directed Enhanced Service (DES) and Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) cancer metrics.

Key messages for primary care from the Good Practice Screening Guide include to:

  • designate a cancer screening lead from a member of the practice healthcare team
  • check patient contact details at each encounter and regularly maintain the practice list
  • ensure that the practice has the most up-to-date mobile phone number for patients and has obtained the appropriate consent for using this number
  • ensure that prior notification lists for cervical screening are dealt with promptly
  • ensure that advance lists (where available) for bowel screening are dealt with promptly
  • ensure that did-not-attend/non-responder reports are flagged in patient records, using the correct codes, and followed-up promptly
  • offer cervical screening opportunistically if due or appointment missed
  • actively promote cancer screening within the practice
  • do not omit patients with special or additional needs and ensure arrangements are in place for them
  • do not omit patients with a previous cancer diagnosis as they may be at higher risk of a new cancer in the same or a different site
  • ensure all practice staff know how to use the bowel screening kit and how to request a new kit
  • make screening and signposting information for each screening programme readily available.

Additional resources include:

Resources and tools to support GPs in conducting good quality Cancer Care Reviews (CCRs) include:

Please note: The CCR SNOMED code is 720006006.

Review date: Friday, 31 May 2024