Welcome to WHEC

Working together to ensure that the experiences and needs of women and girls’ are reflected in health and social care policy.

We have a specific emphasis on working with the government, voluntary and community sector women’s organisations and other partners to contribute to health policy on appropriate and accessible services. This will help us strengthen the women’s health and social care sector to work on ensuring that public sector services are effective in meeting their needs and ensuring that they are safe from violence at home and in their wider community.

Dementia, Equity and Rights, 26 May 2016, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London

This event will launch a publication that highlights the main issues arising for people with dementia and carers from the following population groups: the oldest old, young onset, people with disabilities, black and minority ethnic people (BME), women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGB&T), and different socio-economic populations.

It will also provide information, recommendations and resources for commissioners, service providers, educators, service users and their carers to ensure that the best possible care and support to people living with dementia and their carers is expected and delivered.

The event will host five workshops co-produced with people with dementia:

  1. – Race Equality Foundation will lead a workshop on dementia and black and minority ethnic people
  2. – Mental Health Providers Forum will lead a workshop on dementia and mental health
  3. – Macintyre will lead a workshop on dementia and people with disabilities
  4. – National LGB&T Partnership will lead a workshop on dementia and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender people
  5. – Innovations in Dementia will lead a workshop on dementia and the experience of women

Booking your ticket: Please register here via Eventbrite                                            Venue: Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT                                  Cost: Attendance is free but places are limited to two per organisation, Those who attend will receive a free copy of the publication

Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer – In her latest annual report, “Health of the 51%: Women”, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Dame Sally Davies makes recommendations on a wide range of health issues, most notably obesity, ovarian cancer and ‘taboo problems’ such as incontinence and the menopause. The report examines women’s health in England and makes a range of recommendations to improve it. It identifies several missed opportunities for intervention in women’s health, and brings attention to ‘embarrassment’ as a needless barrier to health.

Professor Dame Sally Davies’s report is independent of government and is aimed at government, regulators, policy makers and healthcare professionals. Each recommendation is targeted at specific organisations.

To read the report, please click here.

WHEC Report: Addressing Barriers to Accessing Primary Care

access to primary careWHEC has published ‘Women’s voices on health: addressing barriers to accessing primary care’ which exposes some of the issues women face accessing primary care services, in particular GP services. The research draws on findings from a survey with 300 women as well as focus groups with BME women, refugee and asylum seeking women, women living with HIV, LGBT women, and women with learning disabilities. The report was produced by Maternity Action.

Click here to read the report
Click here to listen to the podcast



WHEC report – Better Health For Women

Picture of Better Health for Women ReportReport on improving local health and wellbeing outcomes for women and girls in England

WHEC has launched a new report ‘Better Health for Women: how to incorporate women’s health needs into Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies’.

This report will support health and wellbeing boards improve health and wellbeing outcomes for women and girls by offering vital information, evidence and examples of good practice for undertaking Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and
developing Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs).

JSNAs and JHWSs must assess and aim to meet people’s needs at the local level and there
are particular issues that impact on women and girls’ health and wellbeing that
need to be taken into account if services are to be effective for everyone.

This document can also be used by women’s voluntary and community sector
organisations to influence and engage with local health and wellbeing boards.

Click here to view the full report
Click here to view the summary briefing


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