Anna Allford

Project Officer - Family Risks, Common Cancers and People from Minority Ethnic Groups

Anna Allford, Project OfficerPrior to commencing as the Assistant Researcher/Project Officer for the Familial Cancer Risk in Ethnic Minorities project, Anna worked for the charity AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) as the Project Manager for a successful national Patient Safety project. Formerly, Anna worked for the Genetic Alliance UK as Project Officer for the Family Route Map project and in the West Midlands Regional Clinical Genetics Unit (CGU) where she was seconded to The NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre.

Originally trained as a nurse, Anna has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry and has previous experience in the voluntary sector. She has been a Trustee of the charity Freshwinds in Birmingham since 2007. Freshwinds provides a person centred, fully integrated model of care and support (complementary therapy), to individuals with life threatening and life limiting illnesses and those experiencing social exclusion.

My main areas of work are:

Within the ethnicity and access project

  • to identify why people from minority ethnic groups with a significant family history of cancer are less likely to access clinical genetics services than the mainstream UK population;
  • inform the development of interventions in order to improve access to genetics services for people from minority ethnic groups.

The project will focus on bowel, breast and prostate cancer. These are recognised as the commonest cancers where preventative measures exist if familial risk is identified. We will use the experiences of three established minority ethnic communities in England (South Asian, Black Caribbean and White Irish) as exemplars to improve understanding of;

  • Patient-related contexts and perceptions, and
  • Service-related factors that facilitate or hinder access to genetic services

Further information can be found on the project page.