Cervical screening: supporting women with learning disabilities

Public Health England, October 2017

This information, originally developed in North Tyneside, is to support women with learning disabilities to access cervical screening.

This publication covers:

  • how to increase a woman’s understanding of cervical screening
  • making a best interest decision
  • tips for primary care administration and reception staff

Click here to access the publication.



Health matters: making cervical screening more accessible

Public Health England, August 2017

Attendance for cervical screening has been falling year on year. This professional resource aims to address this decline in attendance by presenting recommendations that can help increase access to screening and awareness of cervical cancer.

Click here to view the guidance.

Understanding the heterogeneity of cervical cancer screening non-participants: Data from a national sample of British women

European Journal of Cancer, July 2017Volume 80, Pages 30–38 

Uptake of cervical cancer screening in the United Kingdom (UK) is falling year on year, and a more sophisticated understanding of non-participation may help design interventions to reverse this trend. This study ascertained the prevalence of different non-participant types using the Precaution Adoption Process Model (PAPM).

Click here to view this paper.


The Smear Test Film – for women with mild or moderate learning disabilities

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, June 2015

‘The Smear Test Film’ is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health England in association with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Professional guidance and support in the development of this resource was provided by the Better Health Team for Learning Disabilities at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The film has been designed and made by women who have learning disabilities. It aims to give women and their carers information about smear tests and their role in preventing cervical cancer. It is a resource that can help women make a decision about whether to attend their smear test invitation.

Click here to access the film.