Dementia: through the eyes of women

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, November 2015

This Joseph Rowntree Foundation project aimed to inspire people to think differently about women and dementia by using stories and reflections from individual women to inform the debate in a unique, inspiring and insightful way.

Click here to learn more about the project and to download the report.

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Petals – FGM APP launched at Coventry University

Coventry University – July 2015

Researchers from the Centre for Communities and Social Justice (CCSJ) at Coventry University have created a new app, endorsed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), to help protect young girls and women from female genital mutilation (FGM).

The app, which works across most smartphones, tablets and laptops via an internet browser, is aimed primarily at young girls living in affected communities and at risk from FGM. But it can also be used as an educational tool to teach young people and others the facts and realities of FGM.

Click here to more information and to view the website/app.

Having a smear test: What is it about?

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, June 2015

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. They have produced a range of materials and resources around smear tests.  This includes an easy-read booklet which explains what a smear test is, the terminology and what will happen and is suitable for people with a learning disability.  The booklet and other resources can be downloaded for free.

Click here to access the booklet and resources.

The Smear Test Film – for women with mild or moderate learning disabilities

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, June 2015

‘The Smear Test Film’ is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health England in association with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Professional guidance and support in the development of this resource was provided by the Better Health Team for Learning Disabilities at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The film has been designed and made by women who have learning disabilities. It aims to give women and their carers information about smear tests and their role in preventing cervical cancer. It is a resource that can help women make a decision about whether to attend their smear test invitation.

Click here to access the film.

Women and Dementia: A global research overview

Alzheimer’s Disease International, June 2015

Women and Dementia: A global research review provides an overview of international research from all over the world, highlighting the need for a broader, evidence based approach to female-targeted dementia health programmes in low and middle income countries, where female-led family caring remains the predominant care model.  The report also highlights the experiences of female caregiving in high income countries, and calls on policy makers to integrate better support systems for LGBTI females.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance

NICE, December 2014

NICE have updated the guidance on antenatal and postnatal mental health making recommendations for the recognition, assessment, care and treatment of mental health problems in women during pregnancy and up to 1 year after childbirth, and in women who are planning a pregnancy.

The guidance recommends discussing with all women of childbearing potential who have a new, existing or past mental health problem, the use of contraception and any plans for a pregnancy.  Health professionals should discuss how pregnancy and childbirth might affect a mental health problem, including the risk of relapse, as well as how a mental health problem and its treatment might affect the woman, the fetus and baby, and parenting.

Click here to view the guidance.

Shocking failure to fully address mental health problems in pregnancy and following childbirth costs over £8 billion, report finds

Centre for Mental Health, 20 October 2014

Perinatal mental health problems carry a total economic and social long-term cost to society of about £8.1 billion for each one-year cohort of births in the UK, according to a new report, The costs of perinatal mental health problems, released today by the London School of Economics and Centre for Mental Health.  However the report also finds that the NHS would need to spend just £337 million a year to bring perinatal mental health care up to the level recommended in national guidance.

Click here for further information and to download the report.