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Women’s Health

Population Outcome: Women in Suffolk and North East Essex have Good Health

The best possible mental and physical health for women and gender and sexual minorities is essential if everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex is to live well. Understanding and tackling their specific needs and the barriers they face to health and care is vital in ensuring they have the best health outcomes.


Barometer Measure

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Healthy Life Expectancy Data

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Equalities Data

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Women's health - misdiagnosis

Need for menopause research


Menopause Report - Healthwatch Suffolk

Experience of Perimenopause and Menopause in East and West Suffolk

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Menopause Report - Healthwatch Essex

Experience of Perimenopause and Menopause in North East Essex

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Good menopause care

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Prioritising menopause in the NHS

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Published Evidence

Women's Health Issues

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Women's Voices

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Further Reading

Further Information

Our Ambition

What we know matters and why

What matters?Why?
I can keep wellConvenient access to screening and testing for women’s health conditions and cancers enables me to be diagnosed and treated early.

Tackling period poverty enables me to be safe, comfortable and confident in education, in work and socially.
I have access to high quality careA trauma informed approach means recognising the impact of my life experiences and tailoring support to my needs.

Supporting me to communicate my symptoms and experiences, means my needs are identified and I am given the right treatment and care.

Flexible care that recognises my gender and sexual identity means I receive the right care, without stereotypes or discrimination.

Care that incorporates my parental and caring responsibilities means I can continue in my role and maintain my closest relationships.
I have information on women’s health to live wellAccess to information and guidance on puberty, gynaecological health, becoming a parent, menopause, and age-related conditions, means I can identify problems early and obtain the right support.
I am treated as an individualTreating me and my family with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics and life circumstances, means my care and support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.
I am seen and heardUnderstanding and tackling gender bias in healthcare means I am confident of listened to and am diagnosed and treated accurately first time.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will co-produce information to health and care services, schools, workplaces, and community settings on girls’ and women’s health issues at all stages of life,and making reasonable adjustments.We will co-produce health and care services that meet the specific needs of women and gender and sexual minorities.
We will co-produce access to screening and testing that accommodates women’s work and caring responsibilities.We will review existing health and care services to identify and tackle gender inequalities, including women with other characteristics and living with deprivation and disadvantage.
We will ensure health and care staff understand gender and sexual biases, so that care for women and diverse gender identities is sensitive and non-discriminatory.We will offer access to a range of mental health support, reducing reliance on medication where safe and appropriate.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board – Join Forward Plan
Be Well


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

Last Updated on 22 January 2024

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