Steering Group - Increasing Early Detection of Cervical Cancer

UCLH Cancer Collaborative are looking for two people to join a steering group as patient or carer representatives and ensure that the project is centred on the different needs of women invited to cervical screening.  

Closing date: Monday 24 September

Location: Meetings will be usually be held near Warren Street / Euston stations, in an accessible venue.

Payment and Expenses: Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed in line with their Expenses Policy.

Time commitment: 

The Steering Group will be meeting for 18 months with a review at the end of the first year in the role. Meetings take place monthly for 1.5 - 2 hours. You will need to allow yourself time to prepare for the meetings, including reading and digesting the meeting papers. In addition, there may be occasional project work and virtual involvement via email in between meetings.

Any specific criteria:

The team are looking for women who have been treated for cervical changes or cervical cancer in North/ East London, or who have been invited to a cervical screening appointment in North/ East London in the last 2 years.

About this opportunity

When cervical cancer is detected at an early stage, patients are likely to have a better quality of life in the long term. However cervical cancer screening uptake in London is the poorest in the UK, with some patches of north east London having some of the lowest rates of all.

Research studies have shown that screening uptake is increased when women are offered the chance to take a screening sample themselves - in private and at a time of their choice. This project will be introducing the use of self-sampling human papilloma virus (HPV) kits in GP Practices across north east London, with the aim of increasing early detection of HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer.

As one of two Patient/ Public members of the Steering Group, you’ll work alongside clinicians, researchers and representatives from the Voluntary Sector to ensure that the project’s approach is centred on the needs of women invited to cervical screening, and critically discuss different aspects of the project from the perspective of women with different needs.

How do I get involved?

A role description and expression of interest form can be found here.

Alternatively, you can also request copies of these documents via email.

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