Cease, Reinstate or Deferral from Cervical Screening Programme


The 'Cervical Cancer Screening' Template can be accessed from 'Auto-Consultation >  ardens SCREENING > Cervical Cancer', the second tab is 'Cease or Defer'. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - change to Cervical Screening Administration Service as of 1st August 2019


The service which was previously managed by Primary Care Support England (PCSE), run by Capita. From 1 August 2019, the service will be managed by the NHS North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS). Commissioning Support Units are part of the NHS and provide a range of services to NHS organisations locally and nationally. The new service will be called NHS Cervical Screening Administration Services (CSAS)


Notify CSAS of Cease or Defer

Practices should submit Cease and Deferral requests via Open Exeter to CSAS before the cut off shown on the Open Exeter Prior Notification List (PNL) to avoid inappropriate invitations.


Women can be ceased via Open Exeter for reasons of: Age or No Cervix.


They can be deferred for: Recent test, current pregnancy, patient wish to defer or under treatment relevant to screening.

In line with guidance published in the ‘NHS cervical screening call and recall: guide to administrative good practice’ the GP practice must specify how long the deferral is for in multiples of 6 months, up to a maximum time of 18 months.  So, a woman may be postponed for 6, 12 or 18 months at any one time. Please ensure the deferral period does not exceed 18 months.


For any other reason to cease or defer, which you are unable to submit via Open Exeter, a cease or deferral form should be completed. 


The forms should be submitted via the online enquiry form, which can be found on the CSAS support page here (section 3), via the Cervical Cancer Screening template or below:


Ceasing from the Cervical Screening Programme
Ceasing from the Cervical Screening Programme - Mental Capacity Act (MCA)
Informed Consent for withdrawal from the Cervical Screening Programme
Reinstate into Cervical Screening Programme
Cervical Screening Programme Deferral


To submit the form using the online form, please follow these steps:

  • Select, download*, print and complete the appropriate form from the links above
  • Where a wet signature is required, please ensure this is captured on the form
  • Go to the Contact Us page and select ‘Screening – Cease/Reinstate/Defer’ from the drop down menu under enquiry type
  • Select the category type and complete the mandatory fields for your request
  • Upload the relevant form, signed as required
  • Submit the request

You will then receive confirmation that the request has been received.


When a practice notifies CSAS that a woman should be ceased from the PNL, a marker is set on NHAIS and the patient will be cancelled from the Call/Recall programme. The practice will then receive a Cease notification via Open Exeter.


*Please note: The forms are in pdf format to ensure they remain standardised across the service.  Please print off, complete and upload the form for submission as outlined above.