Breast Cancer Project

Breast Cancer Project

This project is about improving access to Breast Cancer Screening programmes from groups that are struggling to access them at the moment. This is against a background of fewer and fewer people taking up screening.

Black and minority ethnic people experience particular inequalities when it comes to breast cancer. For example, black women are more likely to develop it at a younger age.

We are working with the National LGB&T Partnership, Faith Action, The Win-Win Alliance, the Association of Mental Health Providers and Friends, Families and Travellers to run the project. We are also working with Public Health England and the Breast Cancer Screening Programme team to ensure our findings are taken up. The project is part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

The lead partner, the National LGB&T Partnership, with support of an academic researcher, will conduct a literature review of known barriers to attendance, successful intervention methods, and client experience during breast screening with various community groups. This will include black and minority ethnic groups; Traveller communities; faith groups; LGBT people; women with physical disabilities and
women with severe mental illness.

Engagement sessions will be conducted with the identified community groups to test the findings of the literature review and to determine positive actions that can be taken by the breast screening programme to improve access and take-up of marginalised communities.

Population groups of focus, and the partner leading these groups, will be:
black and minority ethnic groups (Race Equality Foundation)

  • Traveller communities (Friends, Family and Travellers)
  • faith groups (Faith Action)
  • LGB women (National LGB&T Partnership)
  • trans people (National LGB&T Partnership)
  • women with physical disabilities (Win Win Alliance)
  • women with severe mental illness (Mental Health Consortia)

In addition, a further focus group will be convened, focusing on an additional marginalised group that emerges from the literature review. Reports will be produced from
each focus group.

Following the community focus groups, documentation for the practitioners will be developed based on intelligence from the reports from the community focus groups. Two focus groups will be conducted with staff working within the NHS England breast screening programme to identify whether there are genuine barriers to these positive actions, and what training and support needs they have.

The LGB&T Partnership will develop an equality and inclusion toolkit for use by staff working with breast screening services within England, informed by the findings from the community and practitioner focus groups. This will include practices that services can adopt in order to best meet the needs of a population group, such as provision of informational literature, communication, and actions of staff. This toolkit will also cover the most appropriate methods for targeted awareness raising within community groups. The toolkit will be reviewed by all partners to ensure it covers the breadth of population groups outlined above and to ensure that the most effective practice can be disseminated to screening services.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Dilara on Dilara@racefound.org.uk or 020 7428 1889.

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