Take part in the YouScreen cervical screening self-sampling study

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We are delighted to invite your practice to take part in the YouScreen self-sampling study. YouScreen is a unique opportunity to increase cervical screening uptake in your population by offering HPV self-sampling to non-attenders. YouScreen will integrate self-sampling, for the first time, into the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

Self-sampling has been hailed as a ‘game-changer’ for cervical screening because it addresses most screening barriers by enabling women to take a cervical screening sample themselves, in private and at a time and place of their choosing (similar to chlamydia self-sampling). Self-samples also have similar accuracy to clinician samples.

YouScreen is running across 5 London boroughs where cervical screening coverage is particularly low (see Public Health Profiles 2018/2019); Camden (55.0%), Islington (63.1%), Barnet (63.9%), Newham (62.9%) and Tower Hamlets (60.1%).

The aims of the study are to:

  • test a new pathway for the implementation of self-sampling for non-attenders within the NHS cervical screening programme in England
  • provide the evidence-base that self-sampling can improve cervical screening coverage in England and can increase detection and treatment of high grade CIN (CIN2+)

The target population is women aged 25-64 years who are at least 6 months overdue their cervical screening. Eligible women will be identified and offered self-sampling kits via two methods:

  • Opportunistic offer: identified via an EMIS alert and offered a kit by a healthcare professional when they consult for any reason
  • Mail-out: identified via the national screening database NHAIS and posted a kit to their home address

Express your practice’s interest before 18 September 2020.

YouScreen self-sample results will be sent to the practice. Results will contribute towards your cervical screening QOF and CQC indicators and all participating practices will receive a minimum of £150 in NIHR payments.

Summary of GP Practice Involvement

Watch the GP video for more details.

If your practice decides to take part, here are a few steps your team must take:

  1. register your practice’s interest by completing the expression of interest form linked above before the 18 September 2020
  2. nominate a YouScreen Study Lead within your practice
  3. attend a 30-minute virtual training session
  4. GPs, Nurses and HCAs to offer kits opportunistically and manage results: HPV results will be received in the usual way from the CSL lab. HPV-positive women will require follow-up test (standard screening test i.e. clinician-taken sample)
  5. Monitor YouScreen kit stock

Further information is available on the NCL Cancer Alliance website, or by emailing the research team: 

e: YouScreen@kcl.ac.uk


Expiry date: Dec 31st, 2020