The BCSP is the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme which aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective. The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme has two programmes:
Colonoscopy: offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74. People in the invitation age range are automatically sent an invitation, then their screening kit to collect a sample. If sample is positive the individual will be invited to have a colonoscopy procedure.
Bowel Scope: is a one-off test offered to men and women at the age of 55. Bowel scope screening uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end to look at the large bowel.
For further information on the programme please visit Public Health England’s website.
Bowel Cancer Screener Accreditation (BCSA) facilitates the assessment of endoscopists who apply to work in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP).