Women and health

First ever inter-professional guidance on adult safeguarding

UK’s first guidance has been launched on safeguarding to help nurses and other healthcare staff more effectively protect vulnerable adults. The document, published by a range of royal colleges and other professional organisations, sets out core competencies, skills and training that staff should have. Other forms of abuse it aims to counter are people trafficking and modern slavery, domestic abuse, and internet abuse, such as being as being the subject of non-consensual online pornography.

Appalling rates of self-inflicted deaths among women and girls

Women and girls detained under the Mental Health Act are taking their lives at “appalling” rates, according to a report from Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk. New figures, obtained by Agenda from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), show that women’s self-inflicted deaths overtook men’s for the first time in 2015 and did so again in 2016. Read the full report: Women in Crisis: How women and girls are being failed by the Mental Health Act. 

Register your interest: £1.3m women’s mental health peer support fund

Agenda and Mind are delighted to announce that they will be launching a £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme later this month. Registrations of interest are now open and the first webinars introducing the programme are taking place this week. The programme responds to the needs of disadvantaged women, particularly those experiencing multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services.

 

Addressing unmet needs in women's health

In general, women and girls have greater health and social care requirements in comparison to men across their lifetime, although there are indications that health and social care services are not meeting their specific health needs. The BMA has a key role in ensuring that the health needs of the population are met. The BMA has published a series of papers in their Women's Health series, exploring in detail some of the major unmet needs in women's health, with recommendations for both policy-makers and healthcare practitioners.

Become a FREE member of the Women’s Resource Centre now!

The Women’s Resource Centre wants to ensure that its membership remains a powerful, strong and effective voice for the Women’s sector."We want to continue to remain connected to the organisations we exist to support by helping them to remain resourceful, enterprising and an integral part of the voluntary and community sector." If you are a women’s organisation you are eligible for FREE membership receiving our monthly e-newsletter, regardless of your income. Join here

Staying Afloat Together programme coming up at Linskill Centre

Find a way back from domestic abuse, feel better about yourself and get more out of life. Seven group sessions at the Linskill Centre for women exploring themes such as resilience, inner strength, self-belief, self-care, managing feelings and realistic optimism. There’s also three one-to-one coaching sessions and an away day at the end of the course for women and their children. Free crèche. Booking essential. If you would like to know more or book a place on the course contact Jill at Barnardo’s 0191 212 0237

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