East of England Bowel Cancer Screening Text Reminders
Practice registration is required to provide GP endorsement for the text message and allow iPLATO to read code back to the clinical system. Eligible patients will still receive a text message if practices do not register, however the message will not be GP endorsed and iPLATO will be unable to read code.
The primary aim of this programme is to utilise technology to improve bowel cancer screening uptake in the East of England through the use of text messaging and GP endorsement.
iPLATO will send a text reminder to participants who have not returned their kit approximately 2 weeks after the reminder letter. Messages will be sent centrally, therefore consent is required to ensure patients records can be read-coded and to provide the surgery with an audit trail.
Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in England. Over 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK, which equates to more than 110 new cases a day. Bowel cancer survival is improving and has more than doubled in the last 40 years in the UK, if diagnosed early, more than 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully.
As a practice, you can drive up up-take of bowel screening by registering today. Please click on the 'Register now' button above.
Why should I get my practice involved?
As healthcare professionals, we have a shared goal to advance healthcare as we know it and make positive change happen for others.
This is a fully funded initiative at no cost to your practice and there is no noticeable increase on practice workload.
Registering your practice ensures your patients will receive texts with GP endorsement which is more effective than no GP endorsement.
It's simple and easy to support:
Step 1: Register your practice.
Step 2: Have a 5-minute set-up call (if required).
Step 3: We do the rest.