Breast screening: professional guidance

Standards and guidance for health professionals, managers and commissioners working in the NHS breast screening programme.

Breast screening: commissioning and testing of x-ray systems is published by Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Consolidated programme standards

Programme guidelines

Programme standards and guidance for breast pathology can be found on the Royal College of Pathologists website

  1. Breast screening: interim quality assurance guidelines for clinical nurse specialists

    • Guidance
  2. Breast screening: quality assurance guidelines for surgeons

    • Guidance
  3. Breast screening: clinical guidelines for screening assessment

    • Guidance
  4. Breast screening: quality assurance standards in radiology

    • Guidance
  5. Breast screening: quality assurance visits

    • Guidance
  6. Breast screening: guidance for breast screening mammographers

    • Guidance
  7. Breast screening: administrative and clerical quality assurance

    • Guidance
  8. Breast screening: organising a programme

    • Guidance
  9. Breast screening: interval cancers

    • Guidance
  10. Breast screening: programme specific operating model

    • Guidance

Good practice in breast screening

  1. Breast screening: arbitration guidance

    • Guidance
  2. Breast screening: set and maintain round length

    • Guidance
  3. Breast screening: copying letters about clients

    • Guidance
  4. Breast screening: manage mammograms and records

    • Guidance
  5. Breast screening: managing B5 core malignant biopsies

    • Guidance
  6. Breast screening: repeat mammograms

    • Guidance
  7. Breast screening: processing and issuing results

    • Guidance
  8. Breast screening: screen detected ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

    • Guidance
  9. Breast screening: imaging women with breast implants

    • Guidance
  10. Breast screening: interval cancers and duty of candour toolkit

    • Guidance
  11. Breast screening: women wanting to attend service out of area

    • Guidance

Screening higher risk women

Consenting and withdrawing from the programme

  1. Cancer screening: informed consent

    • Guidance

Research and reviews

  1. Breast screening: radiation risk with digital mammography

    • Research and analysis

Quality control and testing

General equipment guidance

Screening equipment and medical physics services

Equipment technical evaluations

Equipment practical evaluations

Published 1 June 2015
Last updated 20 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added out-of-area guidance and duty of candour toolkit to collection.
  2. Added 'Breast screening: radiation risk with digital mammography' to new 'research and reviews' group.
  3. Added interval cancer guidance and programme specific operating model.
  4. Added implants imaging guidance and consolidated standards.
  5. Added arbitration guidance.
  6. Technical evaluation of Siemans Inspiration PRIME mammography system added.
  7. Added digital tomosynthesis system evaluation.
  8. Added 2 new documents under equipment.
  9. Added previously-published quality assurance documents to breast screening professional guidance.
  10. First published.