Cervical screening: professional guidance

Standards and guidance for healthcare professionals, managers and commissioners working in the NHS cervical screening programme.

A practical bench aid for use by lab staff reporting histological specimens taken after abnormal cytological or colposcopic results is available in CD format from the Department of Health order line.

Department of Health: publication orderline

Copies of NHS Cancer Screening Programme publications are normally free of charge for:

* staff working within the NHS
* staff working in the voluntary sector
* healthcare students.

Contact the Department of Health publication orderline to get details of prices and availability of publications to those outside the NHS.

Place publication orders through the Department of Health publications website.

You need to be a registered customer to place orders online.

Register through the orderline website or call 01300 123 1002 to set up an account.

Place orders without an account on the phone.


The NHS CSP Audit of Invasive Cervical Cancers is available from the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine website. The site includes the most recent audit, plus older versions.

  1. Cervical screening: auditing procedures

    • Guidance
  2. Cervical screening: audit coding guide

    • Guidance

Human papillomavirus (HPV) screening

The NHS cervical screening programme is currently running a pilot on human papilloma virus (HPV) primary screening.

Professionals involved in the pilot should use these guidance documents.

  1. Human papilloma virus (HPV) screening: triage and TOC algorithm

    • Guidance
  2. Human papillomavirus (HPV): primary screening protocol

    • Guidance
  3. Human papillomavirus (HPV) primary screening: colposcopy management

    • Guidance