Bowel cancer screening collaboration work presented to doctors

A poster summarising an innovative collaboration project by CLAHRC NWC has been presented at a prestigious national conference.   

The project, Engaging communities and Primary Care Services in tackling the low uptake of bowel cancer screening (BCS) in the ethnic minority groups, is the result of a multi-agency team (MAT) consisting of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, Liverpool City Council, Cancer Research UK, NHSE, Liverpool CCG, Liverpool Community Health, and local primary health care organisations, exploring ways to develop funding for further research to improve the screening uptake in the BAME.

The team was brought together as part of CLAHRC NWC’s Evidence for Change initiative, which encourages, facilitates and supports specific requests for evidence synthesis from its stakeholders and partners to inform policy and develop future research projects.

At the heart of the project, data on bowel cancer screening was analysed by the Liverpool Public Health Team. The analysis showed inequalities in BCS among BAME communities. This is a concern for many clinicians as opportunities to diagnose colorectal cancer at an early stage can be missed. The complexity of joining national to local screening programmes also revealed multiple barriers to change. The Evidence for Change (EfC) team supported MAT through leadership workshops which helped the team to navigate through complexities and supported them in promoting their research.

Lesley Harper, Senior Research Fellow (CPD) at CLAHRC NWC said, “The EfC workshops had an impact on MAT individuals’ motivation, leadership skills, confidence to communicate and confidence to present to the main financial stakeholders. EfC, with its evidence based leadership skills, was pivotal in supporting the team to secure research funding.”

The work was presented at the Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care (Energising Primary Care) Conference in Harrogate between 6-8 October. The conference is renowned for attracting inspirational speakers from the UK and around the world, as well as offering practical clinical education of the highest quality. 

Thanks to the collaboration, further research funding has been approved to develop a bowel cancer screening model tailored to the specific ethnic communities in the Liverpool area. A pilot study was approved and began in July 2016 over an eighteen month period and focuses on patients in GP practices.

Liverpool Based GP Nigel Chatwin, whose practice is participating in the project, said: “It was a pleasure to represent the work we have done so far at the conference and speak of its importance in helping increase bowel cancer screening uptake in our communities.”

View the full Poster presented.


More articles     Posted on: 06 October 2016