NHS England has launched an independent review to improve the design of NHS screening programmes for cancer.
The ambition is that improved screening will lead to conditions being caught earlier when they are more easily treated and outcomes are better. This would both reduce patient harm, and reduce the need for expensive subsequent interventions, in line with the preventative health agenda set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.
The review will be lead by Prof. Sir Mike Richards, former chief inspector of hospitals for the Care Quality Commission, and National Cancer Director for the former Department of Health, and is currently seeking input on topics, including:
- Management of screening programmes
- Promoting uptake
- Application of the latest digital technology including AI
- Staffing and training
“I am keen to hear views from as many people as possible about the strengths, challenges and opportunities, all of which will be invaluable in my recommendations for the future”
– Sir Mike Richards