• 5Feb

    Working with community groups to improve information delivery

    A report has been published by NHS Clinical Commissioners to showcase effective examples from CCGs who are improving prevention and early diagnosis through bringing together a range of stakeholders in their local areas.

    Delivering a healthier future: How CCGs are leading the way on prevention and early diagnosis” includes a case study focusing on breast screening in Camden, north London, in a bid to improve earlier diagnosis.

    The CCG has commissioned a project that uses peer educators to improve cancer awareness throughout the borough, particularly in areas of high deprivation, and in the Bengali population.

    The idea is to use community organisations to link in with local people, getting information across in a friendly, often informal way, by encouraging local ambassadors to share messages.

    A number of groups have been involved with the project from its inception, including the CCG, London Cancer, Cancer Research UK, the Bengali Workers’ Association, and Tottenham and Arsenal Community Associations.

    Since the project started some three years ago, volunteers have spoken to around 6,000 members of the public in local communities.

    Impact data for the project, including on levels of cancer awareness, is currently being analysed.

    Other case studies include:

    • In Blackpool, work is being carried out to prevent people getting type 2 diabetes – and to support those who have been diagnosed to manage their condition.
    • In South Kent, working with the voluntary sector is helping to ensure that people who wouldn’t normally access health services are getting care such as flu vaccines.

    You can read the full report on NHS Clinical Commissioners website here.