Healthwatch Blackpool working to support women with Learning Disabilities in accessing Breast and Cervical Screening

In support of Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2019 Healthwatch Blackpool wishes to raise awareness of a project we are currently working on alongside the other Healthwatch organisations operating across Lancashire and South Cumbria with the aim of improving access to breast and cervical screening for women with learning disabilities.  Phase one of the project in November and December 2018 was to engage with women with learning disabilities, their carer’s and family to find out what matters most to them about their screening experience. 

Phase two currently involves developing a toolkit for health and social care professionals to be more effective in their communication with women and their families/carers and support the conversations they have to encourage the uptake of screening and how to best share the outcomes, whether these be positive or negative.

We would wish to ensure that women with learning disabilities, their family/carer’s and professionals from across Blackpool are given the opportunity to support the development of this toolkit.

For further information or to get involved contact Sarah Thornley, Project Officer on 0300 32 32 100 (option 4)  

Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 21st – 27th the aim is to encourage women to #getscreened #getvaccinated