Breast health awareness report

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Bristol is there to demonstrably influence commissioning, service provision or strategic decision making and this report outlines the work we have done collaboratively with North Bristol NHS Trust, MacMillan Cancer, Cancer Research UK, Bristol Black Carers, Rethink, Nilaari and Community Access Support Services (CASS). Healthwatch Bristol will make use of their statutory powers and the information shared with them, to help to set the commissioning agenda for the future, putting local people at the heart of decision-making. Healthwatch Bristol received an email earlier in the summer from North Bristol NHS Trust Breast Reconstruction team. The idea for running a breast health awareness event came about after Healthwatch met staff from North Bristol NHS Trust at a collaborative meeting in August this year. They told Healthwatch that black and minority ethnic women are less likely to attend their breast screening appointments and when they do get a breast cancer diagnosis it is often at an advanced stage of the disease. In partnership with the trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK, we thought this was a fantastic opportunity to use our collective expertise and community links to invite women around the city to a day of learning around breast health. The main aim of the day was to promote the importance for women to be checking their breasts regularly. The day started with an introduction from Andrea Young, Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust who spoke about the trust being able to provide end-to-end care – meaning that women will get their diagnosis and treatment under one roof, therefore removing the stress of having to go to different hospitals. Healthwatch Bristol was pleased to note that all prosthetic breasts are offered in a diverse range of colours and available to all skin types. However, the audience said it would be good to see what breast abnormalities look like on darker skin. The breast team have said that more of their leaflets and promotional material would also be more diverse, based on advice from partners at MacMillan and Cancer Research UK, who also have leaflets and publicity which reflect the diversity of the general population. Attendees suggested other venues and community spaces where similar events could be run, to ensure as many parts of Bristol as possible are reached. Another attendee thought having a mixed group with men and women would be a good idea.

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General details

Report title 
Breast health awareness report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bristol
Date of publication 
Thursday, 1 November, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 1 November, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 1 November, 2018
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Health protection
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
NorthBristol NHS Trust, MacMillan Cancer, Cancer Research UK, Bristol Black Carers, Rethink, Nilaari and Community Access Support Services (CASS)
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Breast screening

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Not known
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact
Tangible impact (not cost related)

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.