The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has published new e-learning content, in conjunction with PHE Screening, that gives GPs and primary care colleagues practical guidance to support patients in understanding and accessing the NHS screening programmes.
Dr Jim McMorran
Jim is a GP in a busy urban practice in Coventry and editor for GPnotebook. He is also chronic conditions lead for his clinical commissioning group (CCG). He has been working with the NHS screening programmes to help to bring a primary care perspective to developments in screening.
GPs have access to highly sensitive personal information and take their ethical and legal duties of confidentiality very seriously. However, it is important for them to remember the Caldicott principle that the duty to share information can be just as important as the duty to protect confidentiality.
It’s important GPs help ensure everyone gets the information they need in order to decide if screening is the right thing for them depending on their circumstances.
The programme will introduce a new improved home test kit for screening from April 2018. It is call a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) and it will replace the guaiac faecal occult blood test (gFOBt). It’s important that GPs and others working in primary care understand this change to the screening programme and its implications for their patients, so here is a brief summary.
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The 11 national screening programmes cover a wide variety of conditions, age ranges and screening tests.
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The PHE Screening team
Public Health England (PHE) provides support and advice to the NHS-led national screening programmes. These programmes identify apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition, enabling earlier treatment and informed decisions. PHE also hosts the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) secretariat and supports the work of the committee.
Find out more about PHE Screening and this blog.
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