How can our cervical screening programme be more accessible to trans people?

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How can our cervical screening programme be more accessible to trans people?

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Cervical screening is for all women and anyone with a cervix aged 25 to 64, regardless of their gender identity. Taking part in screening is always an individual’s choice but cervical screening can bring up particular difficulties for some women. Non-clinical primary care staff can do much to ensure these women are invited to a screening appropriately, that they are able to make an informed decision about whether to attend and that their specific needs are supported when they do.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has suggested that an understanding of the local patient demographics is useful in order to know which patients need the programme to be more accessible. This can include analysing ages, ethnicities, cultural needs, LGBTQ+ communities and people with disabilities. It is also useful comparing your uptake with national figures.

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