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Cervical screening attendance is currently at its lowest in 19 years. The number of women attending cervical screening in the UK is falling, with over one in four women not attending when invited.
A recent survey of women in Scotland, undertaken by Jo’s cervical Cancer Trust, highlighted that knowledge of cervical cancer and ways to reduce risk of the disease is low, with 62% of Scottish women unaware that not attending cervical screening is one of the biggest risk factors for developing cervical cancer. The West of Scotland also has some of the lowest cervical screening coverage, with Lothian, Fife and Greater Glasgow and Clyde significantly lower than the national average and national target.
This role will provide a unique opportunity to develop Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s vital cervical cancer prevention work, addressing barriers to screening attendance and developing innovative ways to engage with women in areas of low uptake. The role will also feed into our long term vision of eliminating cervical cancer.
The development of local engagement in the West of Scotland will allow us to educate and empower women to make decisions about their own health, reduce health inequalities and work towards preventing cervical cancer.
In this role you will you will develop a tailored training programme designed to cascade cervical health information and address barriers to screening uptake for key groups through health care professionals, community groups and local health authorities. You will also develop and implement a co-produced cervical health ‘roadshow’ which will reach women from within their local communities with tailored and effective cervical health messages.
Overview of the role
This role will complement our existing public engagement services in England (based in Manchester and London) and work closely with the Public Health Engagement Co-ordinator (PHEC) based in Glasgow. To work towards our goal of eradication we want to address uptake of cervical screening (smear tests) amongst two primary groups: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women (in particular Eastern European), and women with a learning. We will also have a secondary focus of: women aged 25-29 and women over 50 as screening uptake is lowest in these groups.
To apply for this role please send a CV and a covering letter to Davinia Green, Head of Information and Engagement. Further information can be found on our website. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
Closing date for application: 5pm on the 27th May 2019
1st Interview date: Wednesday 5th June 2019 in Glasgow
2nd Interview date: Thursday 13th June 2019 in Glasgow