Co-design of a resource to promote awareness of cervical cancer screening


Research Area:

Cancer Screening/ health promotion

What is the research about?

Each year, about 300 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer. People from lower socio-economic position (secondary level or below education and unemployment or low wage employment) and people living in urban areas are at higher risk of getting cervical cancer. Cervical cancer screening (also known as HPV tests, pap tests or smear tests) is an important action women and people with a cervix can take to reduce their risk of cervical cancer as it tests for Human Papilloma virus (a common infection that can cause cervical cancer). Cervical screening is available to any women or person with a cervix aged 25-65 for free. However, some communities are less likely to attend cervical screening, including those from lower socio-economic position.


It is important to understand what is preventing people from attending screening and provide information and supports to promote uptake of screening. This project aims to develop resources to support women to attend cervical screening who are less likely to attend. These resources will be developed in collaboration with members of the public, healthcare professionals and experts in cervical screening. This is to ensure the resources and information is acceptable and relevant for people in low socio-economic communities. We hope this research will increase knowledge and support people to attend cervical screening.


We are seeking three people who are eligible for cervical screening who are living in Dublin, are educated up to secondary level only and are either in low wage employment or unemployed to join our project advisory group as Public Patient Involvement (PPI) contributors.

Opportunity for:

Member of the public / Service user

Involvement Opportunity Details


Time commitment:

Approximately 4 meetings per year, meetings will be 1-1.5 hours long

Contact between meetings:

There will not be much activity required from PPI contributors between meetings, but individual phone calls and email communications will be used if required and requested from PPI contributors. Before meetings, PPI contributors will be asked to consider the topics/questions that will be discussed in the meetings. PPI contributors may be asked to take part in other activities, such as, sharing their PPI experience and the details about project with other stakeholders.

Length of involvement:

2 years

Start date for involvement:




Online / In Person

If online, explain how:

Zoom video call meetings will be held if face to face meetings are not possible with the group. Emails may be used to send information before the meeting for preparation

If in person, explain where:

Meetings will be held in University College Dublin, or at a place easily accessible to the PPI contributors if UCD is difficult to get to (dependent on the views of the PPI contributors)

Other ways of communicating:

Email / one-to-one face to face meetings / or postal if needed / phone call or video call

Funding available for:

PPI contributor’s time / Travel and other expenses

If no funding available, explain why:

Not applicable

Other Information

Stage of the research study/ programme:

Research started

Is this opportunity for PPI in a PhD:


Closing date to contact researchers:


Research Team

Contact person:

Sophie Mulcahy Symmons


University College Dublin (UCD)

Contact email:

Researcher background:

health services researcher, cancer researcher

Research funder:

Irish Cancer Society


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