Community Links was commissioned in 2012 by a group of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in North East London to undertake a research project on two different interventions to increase the uptake of bowel screening.

As a result of this work, we were commissioned by Newham CCG in 2015 to increase the uptake of bowel screening by calling the patients who haven’t returned their bowel kit (FOBT) for the previous year. All GP practices in Newham are asked to participate in this programme and we have seen an increase in coverage from 35.5% in 2015 to 42.2% in 2017.

We have now started the same programme in South West and North West London where we have been commissioned by the West London Cancer Alliance. It is estimated that we will call 72,000 patients from 14 different boroughs across the lifetime of this programme. The boroughs we will work across are: Brent; Croydon; Ealing; Hammersmith & Fulham; Harrow; Hillingdon; Hounslow; Kensington & Chelsea; Kingston; Merton; Richmond; Sutton; Wandsworth; Westminster.

For our cancer screening programme, we work in partnership with GP practices in different areas of London. The data we use never leaves the NHS domain. For more information on GDPR please visit this website.

You can read the evaluation report for our bowel cancer screening service here.