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New guidance for cervical screening provider leads

Cervical screening provider leads are responsible for the quality and effectiveness of NHS Cervical Screening Programme services provided within an organisation.

Whether NHS, private or standalone, all organisations must have a provider lead in place if they provide one or more NHS services for:

  • cervical cytology and high risk human papillomavirus (HPV) testing
  • colposcopy
  • cervical histopathology

Provider leads, previously known as hospital-based programme co-ordinators, play a vital role in the audit of invasive cervical cancers and in ensuring local programmes provide the best possible service.