NHS tackles decline in cervical screening uptake

The Improvement Foundation is to undertake a project with six PCTs to address the decline in uptake of cervical screening among women aged 25-34.

The Improvement Foundation, a private company which works closely with the DoH to improve quality, has been commissioned by the NHS Cancer Screening Programme to work with the PCTs in a 12-month programme in partnership with general practice, local public health teams and other service providers, including voluntary groups.

A number of general practices will take part in the programme which have been identified by the PCT as needing support to improve their cervical screening uptake.

The Improvement Foundation's approach to tackling the decline in screening uptake will aim to reduce levels of complacency with clinicians and the public about cervical cancer and its outcomes, identify barriers to uptake of screening and gaps in service provision.

The Foundation will also help participants in the programme test out ideas for improving screening uptake.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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