Healthwatch Lancashire shortlisted for National Network Awards

In collaboration with Healthwatch Together ( Healthwatch Blackburn, Healthwatch Blackpool and Healthwatch Cumbria) Healthwatch Lancashire has been shortlisted for a national award by Healthwatch England for giving people the advice and information they need on breast and cervical cancer screening. 

The aim of the project was to gain valuable insight from women with a learning disability, and their carers, regarding access to cervical and breast cancer screening programmes whilst in the community. Healthwatch Together wanted to learn about the challenges people might face, understand the barriers to attending screening, and to hear their thoughts about improvements in the health and care system for the future.

Through a series of co-production workshops two easy read toolkits were designed with women, families, carers and professionals for both breast and cervical screening programmes.

The toolkits include; what to expect from a screening appointment, information for professionals, families and carers, and useful prompts to encourage meaningful and helpful communication. All information has been designed based on feedback and the gaps identified within current communication resources.

David Blacklock, Chief Executive at Healthwatch Lancashire, said: “We are thrilled that this really important work has been recognised by Healthwatch England at a national level. The work was designed to produce advice and information for women with learning disabilities, based on their own experiences and worries. We listened to peoples views and created resources that would support their decisons to attend breast and cervical screening.”

The Healthwatch shortlisted were selected from over 145 entries to this year’s awards.

The winner of each category will be chosen by a panel of external judges and announced on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

You can view both easy read guides here