We offer a variety of services designed to help support all women who need it, from those who are worried about cervical screening all the way through to those facing a terminal diagnosis. The below services are available to all women no matter their situation.
Signposting the women you engage with to these services may help them to feel better supported or calmer. Being a practice nurse/GP is an extremely busy job and you can use the Jo's services to help support you, as well as your patient.
Our freephone Helpline offers women support and information from volunteers who have had personal or professional experience of cervical cancer or cervical abnormalities and have had training in telephone helpline skills. The vast majority of the calls we receive on the helpline (45% in 2014) concern cervical abnormalities, this is followed by HPV and cervical screening as the two most covered topics (20% and 18% in 2014, respectively). This shows that women being dealt with in primary care are often in need of support, reassurance and information, and signposting them to our services could be very beneficial for them.
Our moderated forum provides a safe space for women, and their partners, friends and families to come together to share experiences, get advice, and seek and provide support to each other. We have forum discussion groups on many different topics around cervical screening, HPV and abnormalities, which may be relevant to the women you interact with.
Ask The Expert
Our Ask The Expert service allows women to ask specific questions related to all aspects of HPV, vaccination, cervical screening and abnormalities. Questions are answered by our volunteer medical panellists who are qualified experts that have the skills to answer the questions asked by our users. The service is completely confidential.
Resources for you
- An EasyRead guide designed for women with mild to moderate learning disabilities and their carers in order to help them understand what the cervical screening is, why it is important to attend, what happens during the appointment and what their rights are.
- Posters to put up in surgeries, clinics and offices that emphasise the symptoms of cervical cancer, promote the uptake of cervical screening and HPV vaccination, and publicise our free helpline to women who need further support regarding cervical screening
- A5 information booklets that you can give out to women, which they are able to take away with them and read at their convenience. These cover the details of topics relevant to the women you engage with, such as HPV, LLETZ, HPV testing, cervical screening and the HPV vaccine
- Credit card sized mini factsheets that you can give out to women, which give a brief overview of topics like HPV, cervical screening and abnormal cervical screening results
- A general leaflet about us, what we do and the services we offer, which you can give out to women to signpost them to our services for further information and support
- Credit card sized health promotion cards to promote our services to women in need of support.
Mandy Ferncombe is a Health Improvement Practitioner at East Dunbartonshire CHP who regularly orders our materials.
“Jo’s has an incredibly well stocked range of materials that I order regularly and give out at every visit I make. The NHS has great resources, but actually not a lot on cervical cancer so for Jo’s to be there concentrating on the issue, being experts, that’s invaluable.”
Read the rest of Mandy's story to hear how she uses the Jo’s materials, who she gives them to and what she thinks of them.
We have a large amount of information on our website for any women who would like more information on all aspects of HPV, vaccination, cervical screening or cervical abnormalities.
Over the years we have produced a number of video resources covering many topics that may be relevant to the women you engage with. See our video resources, including films made for women with learning disabilities, women with low health literacy and more.