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Influence research aiming to increase breast cancer screening attendance

Influence research aiming to increase breast cancer screening attendance


This is an opportunity to be a public partner to support our research programme aimed at increasing attendance at breast screening in London

  • Public/Patient Representative
  • Influence

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Breast cancer is now the most common type of cancer in the world. To treat breast cancer effectively it is important to find it early. We do this by asking women aged between 47 and 73 to come to screening appointments (called mammograms).

However, many women choose not to attend these appointments, especially in areas of London. This may be for a number of reasons including not understanding why the appointment is necessary, not having time to go or previous bad experiences. This is particularly important for certain groups, such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women.

We are trying to understand the challenges women face to attend breast cancer screening, and are planning a series of studies which will end with us creating a new breast cancer screening invitation message which we will trial across London.

We are looking for a public partner, who can be involved in a series of different projects across this research area to support our planning and conduct of the research. The partner will also have a say in the message we create and how its rolled out.

Volunteer Criteria

We are looking for one woman who: 

  • is aged between 47 and 73
  • lives in London
  • has been invited previously to breast screening programme. (You do not need to have attended the screening to take part)

We particularly welcome applications from individuals from one of the groups where many people do not attend breast cancer screening for example those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups, those with multiple medical problems or those from certain parts of London (including Kensington & Chelsea, Newham, Islington and Tower Hamlets).

What will I be asked to do?

As a public partner you will be involved in multiple activities related to this wider programme of work. This includes reviewing study materials, attending some interviews with women, supporting a workshop where you, and other women, can give their opinions and help developing the new breast screening invitation message.

The commitment is flexible and can be worked around. We expect that each activity will involve 1-2h of work.

When and where?

Due to COVID-19, we will be undertaking all of our meetings and work over email or Microsoft Teams. There will be no travel or need for in-person work.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Payment for time will be organised as per the NIHR INVOLVE policy. You will also get the rare opportunity to be involved in developing a video and invitation for the breast screening services, learn more about this topic and use your experiences to help create a research trial funded by Public Health England.


How do I apply?

Please register your interest through VOICE by clicking on the button at the top right hand of the page.

The deadline to apply is 8am on the 5th July 2021, all applications will be reviewed by the opportunity owner Dr Acharya shortly after and we will be in touch regarding the outcome in mid July.

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