Cervical Screening Awareness Week saw the launch of the third annual cervical screening awards. The awards aim to recognise innovative local campaigns across the country which have raised awareness of the importance of cervical screening and have improved screening rates.
“Twenty per cent of women are not attending their cervical screening test so there is a need for campaigns targeted at women to educate them on the importance of the test and to encourage them to attend, because ultimately it could save their life,” said Robert Music, Director of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. “We have seen some innovative and creative campaigns in previous applications and are excited to see what programmes are submitted this year from across the UK that can be used as a model of best practice in other areas”.
NHS or voluntary organisations from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can enter the awards by downloading an application form at www.jostrust.org.uk/screeningawards. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th September and all campaigns will be judged by a panel of leading experts, including Julietta Patnick, Director of NHS Cancer Screening Programmes in England.