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Interval Cancer Expert Reference Group Reports

Implementation update 

The recently-published Expert Reference Group (ERG) Reports on Interval Cancers in the BreastCheck, CervicalCheck and BowelScreen screened populations give recommendations and guidance for the future management of interval cancers in Ireland.

These reports were commissioned as part of the Scally Review in 2018.  The reports focus on the need to design interval cancer reviews (patient-led and programmatic review) which support quality assurance within each programme and which are in line with international best practice.

Since the publication of the ERG Reports in October 2020, we have established a steering group and five subgroups to implement their recommendations. The subgroups are CervicalCheck; BreastCheck;  BowelScreen; Legal Framework; and Communications.

The steering group will communicate our progress to the NSS Quality, Safety and Risk Management (QSRM) Committee and HSE management.   

Membership of our groups is diverse. They include representatives from patient and public advocacy groups, primary care, cancer screening experts, public health, legal experts, communication specialists, medical ethics and health economics.

We have agreed terms of reference for the steering group and its subgroups. Our subgroups have developed high-level draft implementation plans and these have been reviewed by the steering group.

Work already under way by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) / NSS Strategic Planning Group will inform our implementation work also.

We are also planning a series of engagement exercises with the aim of enhancing the general understanding of cancer screening services, improving trust in HSE cancer screening services and ensuring resilience of our screening programmes into the future.

 

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