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Primary care resources

Cancer screening guidance and information

NHS national screening programmes

The NHS England website has information about the three national cancer screening programmes in England – bowel, breast and cervical.

Pan London Cancer Screening Resource Directory May 2024

A pan-London directory of cancer screening resources has been developed for all health and social care professionals to aid conversations with patients and service users. The resource provides information, advice and guidance on the three NHS national cancer screening programmes – bowel, breast, and cervical screening.

It was developed in partnership with the NHS North Central London Cancer Alliance, NHS England (London region) Cancer Screening Commissioning Team and the Transforming Cancer Services Team.

It is hosted on the Transformation Partners in Health and Care website.


The early cancer diagnosis resource, GatewayC, provides innovative, and tailored information to support early cancer detection. It has training modules covering the three national cancer screening programmes. These FREE courses are designed to support primary care to implement national screening programmes, and are worth 1 CPD point.

Cancer Screening and You July 2023

National Cancer Screening Programme Information (updated June 2024)

RM Partners has developed two cancer screening timelines for primary care professionals to provide to patients. The timelines include details of what NHS cancer screening programmes are available, eligibility information and how to access screening.

Cervical screening in trans men and non-binary people with a cervix: Guidance for primary care November 2021

This guidance for primary care on providing cervical screening for trans men and non-binary people with a cervix builds on the successful RM Partners No Barriers pilot. The guidance was developed by people with lived experience and colleagues in primary care, secondary care, specialist and charitable sectors. It aims to raise awareness among primary care clinicians of the particular needs of this community, and ensure they receive equitable access to healthcare in their local community.

London Breast Screening Communications Toolkit October 2023

This downloadable toolkit produced by the NHS London breast screening service provides information and resources for NHS staff, charities and voluntary organisations at local and regional level to work together to support improvement projects and to increase uptake across the capital. It aims to bring together current resources from various organisations to help the London breast screening system to promote the programme to both clients and healthcare professionals.

Pan London urgent suspected cancer referral forms

The Transforming Cancer Services Team has produced Pan-London Urgent Suspected Cancer Referral Forms. These replace the suspected cancer referral forms produced by the former cancer networks. The forms, educational resources and support information are available from Healthy London Partnership

Breast referral guidance

Breast Referral Guidance for Primary Care June 2022

RM Partners worked alongside clinicians from both primary and secondary care, to develop a useful pictorial guide to assist primary care to be aware of different breast symptoms and when it is appropriate to refer to secondary care.

RM Partners breast pain advice November 2023

Management of breast pain in primary care BMJ Nov 2023

Prostate cancer guidance

Prostate Cancer UK has developed guidance to support GP practices and Primary Care Networks to proactively identify and assess patients that may be at risk of prostate cancer as per the requirements of the PCN DES for Early Cancer Diagnosis.

Primary Care Networks toolkit October 2023

Primary care flowchart for STT pathway October 2023

Risk awareness presentation October 2023

Additional guidance

Gynaecology Referral Top Tips September 2023

Urology Suspected Cancer Pathways primary care education February 2023 (updated May 2024)

FIT Tips September 2022

This resource helps primary care teams understand when to dispense a FIT kit prior to making a referral for suspicion of cancer and what the referral pathways are based on different FIT results.

Top 10 Cancer Tips February 2022

West London educational webinars

Educational webinars are delivered by RM Partners clinical colleagues for West London primary care staff on a range of topics to help improve recognition of symptoms suggestive of cancer and quality of urgent referrals.


The early cancer diagnosis resource, GatewayC, provides innovative, and tailored information to support early cancer detection. It has training modules covering the three national cancer screening programmes. These FREE courses are designed to support primary care to implement national screening programmes, and are worth 1 CPD point.

Early diagnosis bite-sized modules

South East London Cancer Alliance has developed an early cancer diagnosis resource for primary care. The online resource will comprise of seven bitesize modules, each focusing on a specific cancer or group of cancers, and can be completed within 10 minutes.

The following modules are now available:

Click here for more information.

This section contains cancer related information for patients. The material is from a range of reliable resources including NHS England and trusted charity partners. The videos and leaflets relate to the national cancer screening programmes as well as diagnostic tests for other tumours. Some of the content is aimed specifically at people with learning disability.

Screening and earlier diagnosis, NHS England

Cervical screening

Videos from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Bowel screening

How to do the FIT bowel cancer screening test, Cancer Research UK

Breast pain

Understanding Breast Pain video RM Partners, 2021

Prostate cancer animated videos

Cancer information for people with learning disability

Mencap in Sutton, part of the UK charity supporting people with learning disability, created a series of videos explaining cancer screening.

Breast Screening film for women with learning disabilities –

North Central London Cancer Alliance worked with service users from the Elfrida Society, which supports and works with people who have learning disabilities, to develop an easy read leaflet with information about the three national cancer screening programmes.

Cancer screening patient information May 2023.