Step 9: Regularly assess and document changes to cancer screening participation rates

steps This section covers the following steps:

Step 9.1 Assess if your cancer screening participation rates have changed
Step 9.2 Share, reflect on and celebrate your progress with the whole practice team

Checking your progress is an important way to:

  • know if what you are doing is working
  • celebrate success and keep motivated.

In Step 8 of Module 2 you will have established your baseline for bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening and decided:

  • where you will record your participation rates (a clearly labelled excel or word document is a simple solution)
  • how often you will monitor your participation rates (quarterly is recommended, as this allows some time to see change)
  • how and how often you will share and celebrate progress with the practice team (team newsletters, lunch room display, team meetings, etc.).

Step 9.1 Assess if your cancer screening participation rates have changed

When you have completed Module 3, use the method outlined in Step 8 of Module 2 to assess if your cancer screening participation rates have changed. Document and record your participation rate.

Step 9.2 Share, reflect on and celebrate your progress with the whole practice team

Whether or not you track progress via a poster in the staff room, as an agenda item during a staff meeting or some other way, it’s important to keep the whole practice team engaged by tracking and sharing your progress and by giving the team opportunities for feedback.