Dr Jim McMorran

Jim is a GP in a busy urban practice in Coventry and editor for GPnotebook. He is also community clinical 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’ duty to share information can be just as important as duty to protect confidentiality

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.

GPs’ role in helping people decide whether they want screening

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.

New home test kit for bowel cancer screening: what GPs need to know

Infograhic showing the words information for GPs.

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.