This post is available as a result of a research grant from Yorkshire Cancer Research to improve lung cancer diagnosis in Hull. In this project, we are developing and testing a community-primary care linked intervention to improve presentation and referral of patients with potential lung cancer symptoms, to try to reduce the proportion diagnosed with advanced cancer.
The post holder will be based in the new Allam Medical Building on the Hull Campus, and their primary role will be to engage with and recruit a group of community volunteers from Hull who will assist with getting our messages about lung cancer symptom appraisal and help seeking out to the public. The post holder will then coordinate the group in awareness raising initiatives relating to lung cancer, with the aim of promoting timely help seeking behaviours (e.g. attending the doctor with potential lung cancer symptoms) and early diagnosis. With the help of these volunteers, the post holder will also recruit new and established community groups and utilise a peer-to-peer model to engage with members of their own community.
This post fits within the SEDA (supportive Care, Early Diagnosis and Advanced Disease) Research Group which is part of the academic Centre for Health and Population Sciences (CHaPS). The overall aim of research in SEDA is to apply rigorous research methods to understanding issues related to cancer diagnosis, supportive care, advanced disease and end of life issues.
This role will suit someone with experience of engaging and working with individuals and groups, for example in the health service.
For information about the SEDA research group visit http://research.hyms.ac.uk/researchcentres/chaps/seda