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Award winning breast screening team

 Garmin Vivofit Wireless Fitness Wrist Band and Activity TrackerAs Project Leader for the WoMMeN breast screening hub, I am delighted to report that our wonderful WoMMeN team had been awarded the Society and College of Radiographers’ UK team of the year 2016 overall winner!

As you can see from this site, WoMMeN (which aptly stands for the Word of Mouth Mammogram e Network) is an information and social media support hub for breast screening. It was designed by the WoMMeN team and members of the breast screening community.

But what’s the use of all this if the hub is not what YOU, the mammography clients, want? Not much really. So we need to know what you think of WoMMeN. We’d be so grateful if you could complete our short survey.

You might win a Garmin Vivofit Wireless Fitness Wrist Band and Activity Tracker for your troubles!

More about the team

You can read more about the team at the bottom of the home page. You’ll see we’re a diverse lot: university academics (from health, business and psychology); PhD students; patients and our 5 wonderful mammographers. It is these 5 who are the focus of the SCoR team award: Cathy Hill, Bev Scragg, Geraldine Shires, Julie Stein Hodgins, Shaheeda Shaikh.

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The WoMMeN mammographers: clockwise from top left: Shaheeda Shaikh; Geraldine Shires; Cathy Hill; Julie Stein Hodgins and Bev Scragg

4 years of work so far…

Over the last 4 years the WoMMeN team have:

  • Created the WoMMeN hub
  • Created a private Facebook User Research Group with over 100 practitioner and patient research collaborators
  • Had publications: a book chapter; two peer reviewed articles; articles in the professional journal Imaging and Therapy Practice; created numerous blog posts
  • Made a big impact with their accounts in Face book and Twitter (@wommen3) and are among the top 5 tweeters worldwide for #mammogram

We’ve also been featured in:

And if that’s not enough, we’ve had 9 national and international conference and study day presentations!

WoMMen has attracted £16,000 of funding including support from Cancer Research UK. Last year we held 4 national action research workshops to explore health practitioners’ use of Social Media (thanks to funding from the College of Radiographers CoRIPS industry partnership scheme).

We’ve also made links with other breast screening and cancer groups such as Asian Breast Cancer network (Nightingale Centre), international twitter group #BCCWW (breast cancer chat worldwide) where the WoMMeN team was invited to lead the tweet chat on 8th March 2016.

We’re really proud of the mammographers on our team; their enthusiasm and energy for the project is boundless. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading this amazing group of people who have also bonded as friends as well as colleagues. We hope this shows in our hub but do let us know if you agree.

Call to Action

Please do spend a few minutes letting us know what you think. The results of the survey will be used to convince the NHS that the hub is worth taking seriously. We do hope you’ll agree!