How was the information pack developed?

We wanted to ensure that the information contained in the pack responded to the needs of GPs and primary care staff and would assist them in providing men with information on the benefits and limitations of the PSA test for prostate cancer. A wide consultation exercise was undertaken.

The original packs were developed following consultation with over 100 GPs and practice nurses. In addition, an expert, multi-disciplinary group set up by the Department of Health advised on all aspects of the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme.

The materials were developed by a specially commissioned GP, Dr Graham Easton, before going out to consultation via the National electronic Library for Health (NeLH) website.

The Cancer Research UK Primary Care Education Research Group finalised the materials, taking into account this consultation, work with primary focus groups and the specially established Scientific Reference Group (including urologists, representatives of primary care, scientific staff and lay membership).

The Royal College of General Practitioners has endorsed the approach of the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme. The second edition of the information pack, launched in July 2009, follows a review of the materials to ensure that they reflect current evidence and knowledge. Again a wide consultation exercise was undertaken, including the views of GPs.