This hub is for every woman who has been invited for breast screening and wants to know what it’s all about. It’s also for her relatives, friends and carers who might be supporting her and need to understand how best to do this. The site enables you to talk to other women on our breast screening forum and practitioners from the NHS breast screening service as well as providing lots of useful written information, videos and images.
We know that what you find on the hub will be what you want because it has been designed by the breast screening community themselves through a year-long process of research, talking to each other about breast screening and scouring the Internet for high quality information. It is not just a collection of bits and pieces but a well-researched collection of all the things women attending for mammography have said are essential.
The breast screening community who created the hub (some of who you can see in the picture on the right) are women from all walks of life. This includes women from the screening population, mammography staff, university lecturers and researchers. Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have also provided essential information for the hub design. Many of these women have been diagnosed through their screening mammogram and therefore have insider knowledge about what information is needed at various stages of the process. This site also contains our breast screening forum chat.
We do not believe in pressurising any women into attending for breast screening. Instead we want to provide a forum for discussion of the most relevant and up-to-date evidence that will then allow you to make a choice for yourself.
Radiography Team of the Year Award
The work of the WoMMeN team was acknowledged when they were awarded the Society and College of Radiographers team of the year 2016! We are extremely proud of this award and are extremely grateful for all the support provided by the following people to make this possible:
- University of Salford
- Nightingale Centre, University Hospital of South Manchester
- The Bolton Breast Unit
- East Lancashire Breast Screening Service
- The College of Radiographers (CoRIPS scheme)
- Cancer Research UK (National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative)
- The LORIS trial
- All the service users on our research team but in particular Jo Taylor and Liz Morton, who are remarkable and inspiring women.
The AHP Awards
The WoMMeN team were also nominated in the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2017. These awards are in their 11th year, and are prized by Allied Health professionals. They celebrate innovation in the Allied Health community:
“Our aim is to recognise and reward projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives. The awards are open to allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles. The awards are unique in that they are UK-wide and cover all these professional and specialists groups whose achievements so often go unnoticed.”
Although we didn’t win, we were honoured to be nominated and included in the distinguished list of award nominees. A well deserved ‘well done’ to all the winners and nominees – let’s keep the good work up!