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New guidance to help NHS breast screening providers and commissioners tackle inequalities

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The NHS population screening inequalities strategy sets out how PHE and our partners aim to tackle screening inequalities.

The strategy emphasises the importance of making sure there is equitable access to screening services and of supporting people to make a personal informed choice about participating in screening.

In support of that aim, we have published a wide range of national guidance and resources for local screening providers and commissioners on GOV.UK.

We have now added to this suite of resources by publishing new national guidance to support providers and commissioners in addressing inequalities throughout the NHS breast screening programme pathway.

The new guidance includes a wealth of information, resources and signposting related to:

  • conducting screening health equity audits
  • using data to identify inequalities
  • evaluation of interventions aimed at reducing inequalities
  • improving access to services
  • effective communication
  • supporting underserved groups

Thanks to all who helped develop these recommendations

The guidance includes recommendations from a research project, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care through the Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The project aimed to identify:

  • why some people from groups experiencing marginalisation and exclusion do not attend breast screening
  • how to improve the experiences of those who are

Many thanks to the following groups, who worked with us on the project:

  • Faith Action
  • Friends, Families and Travellers
  • Latin American Women’s Rights Service
  • Macmillan
  • Association of Mental Health Providers on behalf of the Mental Health Consortia
  • Race Equality Foundation
  • The Lived Experience Alliance
  • The National LGB&T Partnership

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