Top award spot for health project

A PROJECT designed to increase the number of women with learning disabilities in Suffolk having smear tests is today nominated for a national award.The project, involving health professionals from Suffolk Mental Health Partnership and Suffolk Primary Care Trust (PCT), has been entered into a competition run by the Health Service Journal magazine.

A PROJECT designed to increase the number of women with learning disabilities in Suffolk having smear tests is today nominated for a national award.

The project, involving health professionals from Suffolk, has been entered into a competition run by the Health Service Journal magazine.

The project followed research which found than more than 200 women with learning disabilities in the county were not having cervical screening.

The project provides women with information and support to help them make a decision about whether to have a test.

Sally Ryan, from the mental health partnership's learning disabilities team, said: “A team of health professionals who never usually would have worked together came up with this simple, yet effective, way to help women with learning disabilities make a decision to take up the chance to get tested.”