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Programme Performance and Standards

Consolidated Standards

One of the main aims of quality assurance is to maintain minimum standards and continuously improve the performance of all aspects of bowel cancer screening in order to ensure that individuals have access to a high quality service wherever they reside.

This involves the development and regular review of quality standards against which data is collected and reported annually.  The Northern Ireland Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (NI BCSP) follows the standards set by the national Bowel screening programme.  These standards provide a defined set of measures that providers have to meet to ensure local programmes are safe and effective.

For further information on the consolidated standards click on the link below –

NB: Due to restrictions of current NI systems reporting against some of these standards is currently not possible.  

The following letter endorsing the standards above was circulated by the Chief Medical Officer in June 2019.

Standards for the Northern Ireland Bowel Screening Programme.

In addition the letter above the Chief Medical Officer circulated the information below in relation to the implementation of qFit for Bowel Screening in Northern Ireland in June 2019.

Letter from CMO re FIT implementation. 

A service specification for bowel cancer screening in NI is currently under development and will be uploaded once approved.


Annual Reports

Annual Report 2017/18