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Our ambition is that the Talk Cancer programme will enable people across Bradford to have better conversations about cancer.  The CCGs are working with Cancer Research UK to raise cancer awareness and to help health workers feel confident talking to people about ways to reduce the risk of cancer, spotting cancer early and screening.

There is a low rate of uptake for cancer screening programmes in the city of Bradford with late diagnosis of cancers also an issue.  The aim of our Talk Cancer programme is encourage more people to take up screening, spot symptoms earlier, and take action to reduce their cancer risk.

The workshops are hands-on, interactive and positive and are led by Cancer Research UK expert trainers who have nursing backgrounds. The training shows how to talk to people about…

In 2018/19 we held 20 workshops in community venues to enable health professionals, community workers, volunteers and other staff such as practice receptionists to learn together and share ideas about how to improve outcomes for our population. 235 people took part and feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive, with 95% of trainees saying they would recommend the workshops to others. LINK to case study in Engagement Annual Statement

We carried out detailed evaluation of the programme, to help us understand its impact and make recommendations for the future.

You can take a look at the full evaluation of the Talk Cancer programme in this report. 

The evaluation identified how we can make the next phase of Talk Cancer even more successful:

You said

Language barriers make it harder for people to understand risks, spot early signs and take up screening.

We did

Our next Talk Cancer workshops will be co-delivered with community organisations and interpreted in South Asian languages.

You said

Health information needs to be made more accessible to D/deaf people.

We did

We worked with BTM and CRUK to create a BSL version of the Talk Cancer workshop and supported D/deaf people to pass on information to others.