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 Harlow Printing Limited.

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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

Primary care

Cervix chart for sample takers

April 2006
A chart available on a one per room basis, for nurses and GPs taking cervical screening samples. Order here (electronic copy not available).

  1. Cervical screening: liquid based cytology GP factsheet

    • Guidance
  2. Abnormal vaginal bleeding in women under 25: clinical assessment

    • Guidance
  3. Cervical screening: good practice in cervical sample taking

    • 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 papillomavirus (HPV): primary screening protocol

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

    • Guidance