NHS England


Agency: M&C Saatchi Group


NHS England has launched a major new campaign to help people overcome their fears of visiting the GP if they feel they may have early symptoms of cancer. The campaign, called ‘Jack-in-the-box’, was created in partnership with M&C Saatchi London.
M&C Saatchi has partnered with NHS England to create a 360 campaign which aims to increase the number of people presenting early with symptoms that might be cancer, so that their worries can be allayed, or an early diagnosis can greatly improve their prognosis.
The push is based on the insight that when someone notices a change in their body, alarm bells can ring, and when the thought of cancer pops into their mind, it can increase their fear of coming forward. It seeks to encourage people who have noticed a concerning change in their body to overcome this fear and contact their GP.
A tense 60-second TV spot, directed by Barney Cokeliss at Mad Cow Films, uses the metaphor of a man carrying and winding a jack-in-the-box to show the worry people can carry around with them, and the way their tension builds up as time passes. The ad demonstrates how, statistically-speaking, most people who go for tests, are told they don’t have cancer – that the box is empty. And for those who do, an earlier diagnosis is always better – and makes it much more treatable.

This professional campaign titled 'Jack-in-the-box' was published in United Kingdom in March, 2022. It was created for the brand: NHS England, by ad agency: M&C Saatchi Group. This Integrated medium campaign is related to the Health and Public Interest industries and contains 1 media asset. It was submitted over 2 years ago by Owner: Julia Conroy of Julia Conroy Limited.


Advertising Agency: M&C Saatchi, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Media Agency: Omd
Media Agency: Wavemaker
PR Agency: Freuds
Director: Barney Cokeliss
Production Company: Mad Cow Films

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