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There is a wealth of information about Faecal Immunochemical Testing for Health Professionals in Primary Care on the Bowel Screening Evidence and Resources page from Cancer Research UK. You can find links to these useful resources below.

Bowel Cancer Screening

The bowel screening programme is intended for people without any signs or symptoms suggestive of bowel cancer.

In Scotland, FIT replaced guaiac Faecal Occult Blood testing (gFOBt) as the test for bowel screening in November 2017. Since then, there has been a significant uptake in participation, going from 56% of tests returned, to 64% in April 2018.

In Wales FIT started to replace gFOBt through a phased roll out, with 1 in 28 people receiving the new kit from the end of January 2019.

In England, the change is expected to happen in Spring/Summer 2019.

Choose your nation from the tabs below, to ensure you are reading the most relevant and up-to-date information for your area:

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GP Good Practice Guide

A publication from Cancer Research UK about engaging primary care in bowel screening. With sections including the pathway, the role of GP practices, the support available, the practical tips involving training, technical information on the test and practice data, and safety netting, this publication is a valuable read for primary care looking to participate in a FIT testing scheme.

 

 Cancer Research UK (2017) Engaging Primary Care in Bowel Screening 
Tips For Collecting Your Poo

A pictographic guide produced by CRUK which outlines how a patient should obtain a stool sample for the purpose of a FIT test in Scotland.

 

 Cancer Research UK (October 2017)

 

 

Key Things to Know About FIT – Screening vs. Symptomatic

The Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a type of faecal occult blood test used to detect traces of human blood in stool samples. FIT is used:
• As the primary test in the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme (SBSP), aimed at individuals without symptoms (screening).
• In pilot projects by many of the Health Boards to guide the management of individuals who present with symptoms (symptomatic) – see local guidance

 

 View the document here
How to do the bowel cancer screening test in Scotland - Animated Video

Cancer Insight Newsletter

FIT Bowel Screening in Scotland (GPs)

On 20 November 2017 Faecal Immunochemical testing (FIT) replaced the previous Faecal Occult Blood testing (FOBT) used in the Scottish NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

This newsletter produced by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), is a valuable resource for GPs in Scotland to help guide them through the changes and how to advise those who may have questions about the changes.

Read the newsletter from Cancer Research UK here

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GP Good Practice Guide

Our good practice guide resource is to support those health professionals mainly in primary care who want to be more proactive and get them thinking about how they can support their practice population to increase bowel screening uptake.

This guide offers an overview of the bowel screening programme, some practical tips and templates.

 Cancer Research UK (July 2017) Engaging Primary Care in Bowel Screening – Wales
Tips For Collecting Your Poo

A pictographic guide produced by CRUK which outlines how a patient should obtain a stool sample for the purpose of a FIT test in Wales.

 

 Cancer Research UK (October 2017)

 

 

How to do the bowel cancer screening test in Wales - Animated Video

Cancer Insight Newsletter

FIT Bowel Screening in Wales (GPs)

On 28 January 2019 Faecal Immunochemical testing (FIT) will start to replace guaiac Faecal Occult Blood testing (gFOBt) in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Wales. Roll out will be phased with 1 in 28 people receiving the new kit from the end of January. Full roll out is expected in June 2019.

This newsletter produced by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), is a valuable resource for GPs to help guide them through the changes and how to advise those who may have questions about the changes.

Read the newsletter from Cancer Research UK here

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Key Things to Know About FIT – Screening vs. Symptomatic

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There are significant differences between each use of FIT which are important for health professionals to be aware of.

This includes the threshold for all abnormal results; e.g, a patient might test normal following screening, yet receive an abnormal result, requiring further action, when tested symptomatically.

 

Download the document here