A message for all GP practices
The Transforming Cancer Services Team for London have devised a GP endorsement (GPE) letter for patients that are due for bowel screening. The London Hub would like to start including this GPE at the same time as the invitation for bowel screening from April 2016. GP endorsement letters have been shown to increase uptake by up to 6%.
Lambeth CCG support this initiative which is a simple way to improve bowel screening uptake, which does not require any additional work by practices. Currently our bowel screening uptake rates are 41.3% compared to 56.5% nationally and a target of 60%.
Practices are being asked to give their permission for this letter to be sent to patients by the London Hub and also to check the details of the practice. Practices need to email firstname.lastname@example.org only if they do not wish to give permission by Friday 11 March or if the practice details are incorrect.
Please see the below letter which gives more information on what is required by practices now and the example letter that practices are asked to approve.
GPE example BCSS_S1 Letters.docx
Lambeth CCG GPs details for checking.xls
We appreciate your support on this initiative.
Dr Martin Godfrey Dr Mydhili Chellappah
Clinical Network Lead Clinical lead for Cancer
NHS Lambeth CCG NHS Lambeth CCG