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Keeping up the momentum to tackle inequalities in screening – have we made a difference?

Putting the inequalities strategy into action, clockwise from top left: an image form the photoshoot for the cervical screening easy guide for people with learning disabilities, a recent blog on reducing cervical screening inequalities for trans people, February's workshop in Newcastle involving service users with learning disabilities to develop easy read screening information, the updated diabetic eye screening easy guide and the new GOV.UK guidance on improving access to screening for people with severe mental illness
Putting the inequalities strategy into action, clockwise from top left: one of the photos for our new cervical screening easy guide for people with learning disabilities, a recent blog on reducing cervical screening inequalities for trans people, February’s workshop in Newcastle to develop easy read screening information with service users with learning disabilities , the updated diabetic eye screening easy guide and new GOV.UK guidance on improving access to screening for people with severe mental illness

One year ago in May 2018 we published the PHE Screening inequalities strategy.

Our national strategy helps us:

  • meet our professional and legal commitment to reduce inequalities
  • ensure equitable access to screening
  • support our partners involved in the provision of screening

Through the PHE Screening blog we regularly report:

  • actions we are taking at national level to tackle inequalities in screening
  • initiatives by screening providers and commissioners to make screening accessible and to improve uptake, especially among more vulnerable groups

We monitor and evaluate progress in implementing the strategy in several ways.

  1. The PHE Screening Inequalities Operational Group oversees the implementation, progress and effectiveness of the strategy. It holds us to account, advises us and makes sure we take forward actions consistently and effectively.
  2. Our regional Screening Quality Assurance Service (SQAS) teams are beginning to routinely enquire about equity and inequalities during visits to local screening providers. We will be collating this information shortly.
  3. We are also beginning, through our national programmes and supported by the screening data group, to identify and develop standards which relate to inequalities. Over time, this will help us monitor and report on the effectiveness of activities.

A year ago, we said we were determined the strategy would make a real difference.

Today, we are seeking your feedback on what the strategy has achieved.

Please complete this short survey. It will only take a few minutes and your feedback will help ensure our efforts to tackle inequalities are fit for purpose. The closing date for responses is 1 June.

We will post a blog article on the results of the survey in due course.

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