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The number of women attending cervical screening in the UK is falling, with over one in four women not attending when invited. Attendance is currently at its lowest in 21 years in England and at a 10 year low in Scotland and Wales.
Cervical cancer can be prevented and GP surgeries, Local Authorities, CCGs and the four UK Governments all have a key role to play in increasing awareness of cervical screening and encouraging women to attend this potentially life-saving test.
We hope to support, inspire and motivate activity.
There is no one reason why attendance of cervical screening is falling.
Through our research we have identified some of the barriers experienced by different groups of women.
Please use this data to help you when you are discussing cervical screening with your patients and to inform your work.
Finding out who your non-attenders are and the barriers that are preventing them from attending cervical screening is vital. This will enable you to create targeted interventions and campaigns that will resonate most with that specific group of women.
Released in 2017 and 2018, our Cervical screening in the spotlight reports asked every Local Authority and CCG in England about activity undertaken to increase screening attendance. The data from this report has helped us identify some excellent ideas and initiatives being employed by clinics and practices across the UK.
They can be grouped in the following ways:
Having a good experience during the cervical screening appointment can have an affect not only on a woman’s wellbeing, but also on the likelihood of her reattending. Please read our best practice for sample takers for some tips on how to ensure patients have the best experience possible.