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Smear Test Film Launched For People With LD

Posted on: February 19, 2015

A great thing to do for women with Learning Disabilities…

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Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs services for people with learning disabilities, has joined up with Public Health England and the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to create a public information film targeted directly at women with mild and moderate learning disabilities and those that support them.

 

The Smear Test Film is an educational film that aims to help people understand more about cervical screening and its role in preventing cervical cancer. Crucially, the film was made with women from the target audience who were able to talk from their own experience.

 

Dr Rachel Menday, who heads up Somerset Partnership’s Better Health Team which worked on the film, explains:

 

“Women with learning disabilities often don’t attend national screening programmes as much as the general population so we wanted to design a resource to support people to  make an informed choice about whether or not to attend…

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