Engaging with disabled people on experiences of and barriers to accessing NHS screening programmes

We have worked in partnership with Breakthrough UK to better understand disabled people’s experiences of and barriers to accessing NHS screening programmes.

Breakthrough UK is a Manchester based disabled people’s organisation. They are led by disabled people and support other disabled people to work and live independently.

Breakthrough UK co-produced a report with disabled people – “Engaging with disabled people on experiences of and barriers to accessing NHS screening programmes“.

“Disabled people are more likely to experience health inequalities and major health conditions, and are likely to die younger than other people. The extent of these health inequalities is difficult to assess because of limited data on outcomes for disabled people collected by NHS providers and commissioners. Accessibility of services is problematic, and disabled people are less likely to report positive experiences in accessing healthcare services.Timely access to preventative screening is therefore essential to avoid compounding the health inequality already faced by disabled people”

The NHS screening services considered in this report and engagement activity were:

  • Screening in pregnancy
  • Cervical screening
  • Breast screening
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Eye Screening for people with Diabetes
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening

The report and its findings are being shared with lead commissioners of the screening programmes for action and learning. The aim is to increase the uptake by disabled people to these screening programmes in Manchester.

Thank you to Elaine Astley, Policy and Research Officer at Breakthrough UK for time and effort in completing this project.

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