Cervical Screening is one of the best ways of preventing cervical cancer and is available to women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 in England. All eligible people who are registered with a GP (as female) automatically receive an invitation by mail. cervical screening uptake has been found to be lower in more deprived areas like those served by our practices.
Our nursing team worked alongside a behavioural science and our in-house translators to increase uptake. The team changed the practice recall letter, translating it into Urdu and Bengali. The team then decided on a drop in approach and set up a weekly drop in. They also worked with social prescribers, spreading the word of the weekly drop-in sessions, and offered education and discussions with ladies in this drop-in time to build trust and provide support and education.
We increased our non-attender uptake by 24% and overall uptake by 32.7% in the first year and by over 10% in the following year. Out of the non-attenders, 10% of these were referred to colposcopy.