Over 75% of women who responded to the Government research for the Women’s Health Strategy felt they were not listened to by healthcare professionals. To address identified inequalities, deliver co-commissioned services and improve the patient journey and the health of women, a service model is growing across the UK.
Supported by the Women's Health Strategy for England, the PCWHF has been developing the Women’s Health Hub Toolkit, a multimedia toolkit to equip you with all you need to know to set up a Women’s Health Hub and transform women’s health in your community now.
Women’s Health Hubs
Women’s Health Hubs bring together existing services to provide holistic, integrated, accessible care delivered by trained clinicians with the support of specialists, resulting in better outcomes for patients.
The Women’s Health Hub Toolkit has been designed by women’s health experts. It offers inspiration and practical advice for commissioners and providers of women’s health services, clinicians interested in women’s health and service change, and policymakers arming them with the tools to set up a Women’s Health Hub for their local population.
Those interested in developing a Women’s Health Hub can explore the resources including animation and talking heads videos, downloadable templates, case studies and more.
These tools include everything needed to create a sustainable Women’s Health Hub, including how to:
- Create a business plan
- Engage stakeholders and patients
- Set up integrated IT systems
- Create and train a sustainable workforce
- Evaluate and monitor success.
Those interested in finding out even more about the benefits of Women’s Health Hubs can find information on the Toolkit's dedicated hub, including the brand-new resource exploring the benefits of a women's health hub. This useful introductory resource also signposts helpful resources for commissioners, providers and decision-makers who would like to establish a women’s health hub in their area.
Or take some time to watch the on-demand version of the ‘Expert Highlights: The Women’s Health Hub Toolkit webinar’ on-demand and head to the Q&A session for lots of interesting information.
There is also a wide range of case studies which showcase the different way women’s health hubs can meet local need:
- Oxfordshire Gynaecological Service
- Setting up a Women’s Health Hub in Sheffield
- Developing a women’s health pathway in Northern Ireland
For women’s health to continue to improve it must be recognised by healthcare professionals as an important and non-negotiable therapy area. This is a full life course approach with a focus on the changing health and care needs of women across their lives. For positive change to happen though, it is imperative to make sure that advice and guidance is accessible, integrated and provided by appropriately trained clinicians. Women’s Health Hubs are integral to women’s health services, and local communities should be setting them up as best practice for women’s care.