Cancer awareness session report

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Summary of report content

The following report summarises the event sessions co-produced by Healthwatch Blackpool, Healthwatch Lancashire, Healthwatch Blackburn and Darwen with Aftathought, Empowerment and Macmillan Cancer Support to raise awareness about cancer with hard to reach communities across Lancashire. The sessions aimed to reach asylum seekers, the LGBT community, young people, ethnic minorities, adults with learning disabilities and older people. The sessions, running for 20 to 90 minutes, included discussions with a total of 25 service users from different community groups. The topics were focused on breast and testicular cancers due to its prevalence in Blackpool. The event had positive responses, many shared their experiences and demonstrated what they had learned. The team felt that promotion of self-checking was successful. However, they argued that there could be more inclusion on the range of organisations that are available to support people. The discussions revealed that people with learning disabilities often had a negative experience with the way that health professionals engaged with them and this group wanted more easy read materials about self-checking made available. Some participants felt comfortable approaching medical professionals with concerns but for others, this was too daunting. The report did not make recommendations and did not include a response from a service provider.

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General details

Report title 
Cancer awareness session report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen
Healthwatch Blackpool
Healthwatch Lancashire
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 1 March, 2016
Type of report 
Consultation response
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Health inequalities
Information providing
Quality of care
Staff attitudes
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Secondary care services 
Cancer services

Details about conditions and diseases

Conditions or diseases 
Types of long term conditions 
Learning disability

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Does the information include public'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? 

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.