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National updates and networking opportunities for London's cervical screening providers

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The London Screening Quality Assurance Services (SQAS) team held a meeting for London QA cytology, colposcopy and hospital-based programme coordinators.

In addition to national updates on changes within the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, the meeting provided opportunities for hospital-based programme coordinators across the capital to share learning and build relationships with colleagues.

There were updates on:

  • the geographical footprint of SQAS in London
  • NHS England commissioning activity
  • developments within IT
  • changes in policy
  • human papilloma virus (HPV) primary screening

The NHS England update included information on how the NHS nationally communicates with professionals and how developments at national level help ensure the quality of local screening programmes.

The SQAS team shared common themes from screening safety incidents, looking at:

  • pulling out the root causes
  • getting action plans right
  • identifying themes
  • closing the incident and moving forward

The new QA operational model for the cervical screening programme was also discussed.

In the afternoon, there were updates on HPV primary screening, including progress and outcomes from the pilot site and from HPV testing hubs.

Feedback from participants included:

Very good meeting. Very informative and interactive.

Good update and good opportunity to meet up with colleagues.


More of this meeting please.

Delegates also submitted requests and suggestions for issues to be covered in the next meeting which we will consider.

The presentations from the forum can be downloaded here:

  • NHS Cervical Screening Programme Document 20 updated version – March 2016

  • Screening Quality Assurance Service update and incidents

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting and in particular our speakers. If you would like to present at the next colposcopy and hospital based programme coordinators’ meeting forum, please email us.

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