This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week which is run by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. This week aims to reduce confusion about human papillomavirus (HPV), de-mystify cervical screening results and highlight the importance of attending cervical screening appointments.
It often takes many years for victims of sexual abuse to come forward. Claimants often feel embarrassed, and sometimes even partially responsible, for the abuse suffered. The Truth Project was set up in 2015 as part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to help victims come forwards. Over 5,000 individuals have since disclosed instances of sexual abuse as part of the Project.
Kirsty Allen discusses the report produced by The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) which finds that improvements need to be made in outpatient clinics to avoid healthcare teams confusing patients
Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day is held annually in May. It is an annual event run by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and their charity partners. The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding the impact and effect of spinal cord injury told through personal stories of those affected. This year the awareness day has a poignancy about it – with the country coming out of lockdown having spent 14 months coping with the challenges that come with a pandemic, it is a reminder that the challenges the wider community have encountered over the past year are common on-going challenges for those with a spinal cord injury. For example, difficulties in accessing specialist healthcare services at a time of need and restrictions on accessing the wider community.