Cervical screening is available from 25 years to 64 years in England and, currently, people aged 25 to 49 receive invitations every 3 years and those aged 50 to 64 receive invitations every 5 years.

Cervical screening is a free health test available on the NHS as part of the national cervical screening programme. It helps prevent cervical cancer by checking for a virus called high-risk HPV and cervical cell changes. It is not a test for cancer.

According to Jo’s Trust, the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity, one in three women and people with a cervix don’t attend cervical screening. We’re working to change that statistic.

We’ve been working closely with our primary care colleagues to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and are pleased to share some resources below.

Resources for everyone

  • Cervical Screening – Helping You Decide are translated leaflets available from Public Health England. The leaflets are available to download in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, English, Gurati, French, Polish, Portugese, Punjabi and Urdu.
  • Jo’s Trust – information about cervical cancer, screening, HPV and more, along with a support helpline, forum and Ask the Expert service.
  • Symptoms of cervical cancer poster
  • Animated video which dispels the myths of cervical screening (by North East London Cancer Alliance)

Resources for people with a learning disability

Resources for LGBT people

Resources for healthcare professionals

  • Gateway C has a `Cervical Cancer – Early Diagnosis’ course for healthcare professionals. You can find this and more training opportunities on the Workforce and Education page of the Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance website
  • The Jo’s Trust charity provides information for healthcare professionals who are supporting patients through HPV, cervical screening, colposcopy, and cervical cancer. You can find it here on the Jo’s Trust Professional section
  • The Sussex NHS Commissioner’s intranet has an area dedicated to cervical screening including local points of contact, guidelines and pathways and webinars