The evolution of the NHS cervical screening programme
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The evolution of the NHS cervical screening programme

Ruth Stubbs National cervical screening programme manager, PHE Screening, Public Health England, London, England

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme continues to make improvements in response to scientific research and technical advances. This article details the history of change in the programme and the latest significant advances, including human papillomavirus primary screening and the opportunities this will provide for cervical screening in the future. It provides further information about the challenges the programme faces and how sample takers are being supported in the delivery of the changes.


Primary Health Care. 28, 1,21-25. doi: 10.7748/phc.2018.e1383

Received: 03 November 2017

Accepted: 05 December 2017

Published in print: 26 January 2018

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict Of Interest

None declared