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“The CRUK Facilitators have played a significant role in introducing and embedding improvement in cancer screening and referral”.

CRUK Facilitator Programme Evaluation 2017

The CRUK Facilitator programme was independently evaluated in 2017 in order to quantify and describe the extent and impact of the programme.

Key findings were:

  • Increases in bowel screening uptake of up to 17%
  • Implementation of safety-netting systems and processes to track urgent cancer referrals
  • Increased confidence and motivation amongst clinical and non-clinical staff – for example in making referrals, talking to people about screening programmes or raising lifestyle risks

Without the programme:

  • NHS stakeholders perceived that plans would be less well informed by ‘on the ground’ intelligence, national developments and emerging evidence.
  • The pace of improvements in cancer prevention and early diagnosis in general practice would be significantly slower.
“This programme helps to make those big strategic ambitions into actual workable size pieces, operational actions that we can add together to make a difference to patients.” - Alliance Manager

The fact that the facilitators were ‘neutral’ was extremely important, and the ‘badge’ of CRUK conveyed that the programme was focussed on evidence-based quality improvement rather than performance management, a view shared by practice staff and commissioners.

See the Facilitator Evaluation report (executive summary)

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