Last reviewed 9 March 2021

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, the Government has launched a call for evidence aimed at improving health and care for women in England.

All women are being urged to share their experiences of the health and care system to form the basis of a new Women’s Health Strategy. People who live with and care for women, organisations with experience of providing services for women and those with an expertise in women’s health are also encouraged to share their views.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the strategy will set an “ambitious and positive new agenda” to improve health and wellbeing and ensure health services are meeting the needs of women. The call for evidence has been designed to be user friendly, quick to fill in and easily accessible from people’s mobile phones.

The Government said there is evidence that, although female life expectancy is higher than men in the UK, women on average spend less of their life in good health compared with men. Less is known about conditions that only affect women, including common gynaecological conditions which can have severe impacts on health and wellbeing but for which there is currently little treatment.

There is also evidence that the impact of female-specific health conditions such as heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, pregnancy-related issues and the menopause on women’s lives is overlooked, including “the effect they can have on women’s workforce participation, productivity, and outcomes”.

The call for evidence has the following six core themes.

  • Placing women’s voices at the centre of their health and care.

  • Improving the quality and accessibility of information and education on women’s health.

  • Ensuring the health and care system understands and is responsive to women’s health and care needs across the life course.

  • Maximising women’s health in the workplace.

  • Ensuring research, evidence and data support improvements in women’s health.

  • Understanding and responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on women’s health.

The call for evidence looks to examine experiences of the whole health and care system, including mental health, addiction services and neurological conditions as well as issues relating specifically to women such as gynaecological conditions, menopause and pregnancy and post-natal support.

More information about the consultation is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-call-for-evidence-to-improve-health-and-wellbeing-of-women-in-england.