Working with professionals

CSAS supports professionals in a number of organisations so that they can perform their roles in the cervical screening programme.  

These are some of the functions that these professionals carry out as part of the process.  

GP Practices and primary care 


CSAS provides Prior Notification Lists (PNLs) to GP practices either hardcopy via post or electronically via Open Exeter approximately 10 weeks before patients’ cervical screening tests are due. 


Cervical screening laboratories that participate in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme do the following: 

  • Perform HPV testing on samples that have an identified and completed vial and test request form or electronic request 
  • Generate a cytology slide for samples testing HPV positive 
  • Allocate a result code and recommendation for management depending on the degree of abnormality seen 
  • Notify test results and recommendations for management to the call and recall system using standard action and result codes 
  • Inform the GP or clinician responsible for requesting the test if a person requires referral for colposcopy 
  • Set up and operate a laboratory failsafe system for people who require further investigation or treatment 

Colposcopy clinics 

The Colposcopy clinics that participate in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme do the following: 

  • Investigate and treat people with abnormal test results 
  • Provide follow-up after treatment or discharge people back into routine recall 
  • Co-operate with laboratory failsafe enquiries 
  • May take additional cervical samples from people referred as their cervix is difficult to visualise 
  • Schedule visits for trainees to attend a clinic, and host a tour to include: 
    • Locating the colposcopy department, colposcopy facilities and the equipment used 
    • Communication and counselling services 
    • An overview of direct referral and practice referral including 2 week wait 
  • Refer an individual for colposcopy without waiting for their test result if: 
    • An abnormality of the cervix is identified when the cervix is visualised 
    • They have symptoms which are suspicious of abnormality 
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