National Cervical Screening Programme

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The National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) is delivered by a large number of providers across the screening pathway, from health promotion to cervical screening and treatment services.

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Across the country there are approximately 7300 smear takers, mostly general practitioners and nurses and seven laboratories providing cytology, HPV and histology testing services to the programme.

The 20 district health boards (DHBs) are contracted by the NSU to provide colposcopy services. Women can also go to private colposcopy services.

Fifteen DHBs provide NCSP regional services which involves regional coordination of NCSP services, health promotion, and liaising with key organisations and people relevant to cervical screening. Thirteen of the 20 DHBs have been contracted to provide NCSP-Register services. 

The National Screening Unit (NSU) also contracts 11 independent service providers to provide screening support services for women who are less likely to been screened.

Since the NCSP began in 1990 the incidence of cervical cancer has decreased by about 50 percent. Cervical cancer incidence in 2016 was 6.4 per 100,000 women (age standardised to the WHO population, all ages).

There has also been a steady decline in cervical cancer mortality since the NCSP began of about 60 percent. In 2016 cervical cancer mortality was 1.6 per 100,000 women (age standardised to the WHO population, all ages).

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Page last updated: 20 February 2020