Learning how to have effective conversations about cancer that could save lives
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.
The evaluation identified how we can make the next phase of Talk Cancer even more successful:
Language barriers make it harder for people to understand risks, spot early signs and take up screening.
Our next Talk Cancer workshops will be co-delivered with community organisations and interpreted in South Asian languages.
Health information needs to be made more accessible to D/deaf people.
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.