The Ministry of Health has commissioned Litmus and Sapere Research Group to evaluate the Bowel Screening Pilot. Information gained through the evaluation will help determine whether a bowel screening programme should be rolled out nationally.
This report provides information on the bowel screening pilot from the perspective of those providing services to the pilot.
It details the results of an immersion visit undertaken in September 2012 to gain a detailed understanding of the early implementation of the bowel screening pilot, from those involved with its design, implementation and day-to-day operations.
The report offers a record of the early implementation of the pilot and useful insights into implementation successes and challenges.
It is acknowledged that the findings are limited by the relatively small number of general practices that participated in an interview.
Reflecting the early implementation of the pilot, less focus was placed on the investigation, surveillance and treatment stages of the screening pathway. This will be explored in more detail in the 2013 and 2015 immersion visits.
Focus was instead placed on how the pilot was being implemented and what was working well and not so well. It looked at key process improvements to enhance the pilot, as well as lessons for a national roll-out of a bowel screening programme, should it proceed.
The report notes widespread sector support for the programme, effective leadership and a multi-disciplinary approach to decision making.