NHS Digital has published its latest annual report of breast cancer screening performance in England, covering the year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. During those 12 months, we invited just under 3 million women for screening and screened 2.2 million, an increase of 1.3% on the previous year.
NHS Breast Screening Programme
Today we’ve published an updated version of our easy guide to breast screening. This leaflet aims to ensure that our information about breast screening is equally accessible to women who have a learning disability or struggle with written English.
PHE Screening's leaflet for people who are trans or non-binary has been very well received by trans communities and healthcare professionals alike.
Professor Anne Mackie reflects on the hard work and achievements of everyone involved in screening during 2017.
We have published 2 new guidance documents to support mammographers who work in the breast screening programme.
The newly published ‘Breast screening: interval cancers and duty of candour toolkit’ advises health professionals on how to communicate information on interval cancers to women who were previously screened in the programme.
PHE is involved in an initiative to develop an apprenticeship for the new role of ‘associate mammographer’, which we hope will encourage many to enter the profession and address the national shortage of mammographers.
The PHE Screening easy read information expert group met again to look at updating our easy read breast screening information and developing new easy read screening invitation letters.
Women with a learning disability who are eligible for breast screening are the least likely to attend, even though it can save their life.
In our quest to provide free, high quality, easy to access training for those informing women about breast screening, we often collaborate with other organisations. This makes sure we can get the right information to as many of you as possible and that you can evidence your learning in line with your professional continuing professional development (CPD).