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Registration of doctors, nurses, GP practices, clinics

  1. Provision of cervical screening services within CervicalCheck
  2. Contracts for cervical screening services
  3. Registration of doctors and nurses (qualified persons)
  4. Website listing of registered smeartakers
  5. Change the registration details of a doctor, nurse, GP practice or clinic
  6. Ending a contract

Provision of cervical screening services within CervicalCheck

GP practices and clinics in a primary care setting provide cervical screening to eligible women within the CervicalCheck programme.

Cervical screening tests are provided free of charge to eligible women. Results and recommendations of screening tests are managed by doctors and nurses within the GP practice or clinic.

In order to provide cervical screening within the CervicalCheck programme, at least one doctor within a GP practice or clinic must engage in a contract with the HSE National Screening Service (NSS) for the provision of cervical screening services.

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Contracts for cervical screening services

A GP, medical practitioner or medical director of a clinic operating in a primary care setting may seek to engage in a contract for the provision of cervical screening services. The enquiry to engage in a contract for cervical screening should be directed to the CervicalCheck programme office, indicating whether the enquiry applies to a GP practice or to a clinic. 

Programme office: tel: 061 406500 or email: admin@cervicalcheck.ie

The programme office will issue a contract registration pack.  

When the completed contract and registration documentation is received and processed, the programme office will acknowledge receipt of documentation and notify the commencement date of the contract.

A doctor should complete the online 'CervicalCheck in Practice' module before commencing cervical screening within CervicalCheck. The short module provides instructions and best practice in cervical screening, in accordance with the Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Cervical Screening. 

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Registration of doctors and nurses (qualified persons)

A contracted GP or a clinical director in a contracted clinic may register one or more additional doctors and nurses (qualified persons) who may provide programme screening tests to eligible women.

Qualified persons include GPs, doctors, assistant GPs, nurses and trainee GPs. All qualified persons (doctors and nurses) must be registered with the Medical Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland as appropriate.

 

 

 

 

The contracted GP or the clinical director of a contracted clinic is required to assume clinical responsibility for all cervical screening tests carried out by a qualified person registered by them.

Payments are made to the contracted GP or clinic for tests for eligible women taken by the qualified persons registered by them.

A separate qualified persons registration form is required for each qualified person, which must be signed by the clinically responsible doctor (the contracted GP or clinical director). Where a qualified person (doctor or nurse) is employed by more than one contracted doctor, a separate qualified persons form must be signed by each contracted doctor.

A doctor or nurse should complete the online 'CervicalCheck in Practice' module before commencing cervical screening within CervicalCheck. The short module provides instructions and best practice in cervical screening, in accordance with the Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Cervical Screening. 

The QP registration form is available to download by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Qualified Person Registration Form - GP Practice

Qualified Person Registration Form - Clinic

 

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Website listing of doctors and nurses registered for cervical screening

The contact details of all contracted GPs and clinics are made available on the CervicalCheck website. This assists women who are seeking to participate in CervicalCheck. GPs and clinics may also have registered doctors and nurses listed on the website. See Where can I have a test? to view the listing.

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Change the registration details of a doctor, nurse, GP practice or clinic

All relevant changes of details of either a doctor or nurse or of the GP practice or clinic where they work should be notified as soon as possible to the CervicalCheck programme office. This ensure that information displayed on the CervicalCheck website is accurate.

Changes related to a doctor or nurse that should be notified include:

  • a contracted doctor leaving the practice or clinic
  • a registered doctor or nurse leaving the practice or clinic
  • a change of status of a doctor e.g. from trainee GP to assistant GP.

Changes related to a GP practice or clinic that should be notified include:

  • a change of address
  • a change of telephone number
  • a change in the facilities e.g. the addition of wheelchair access
  • a change in email or website addresses.

CervicalCheck may be notified using the Change of Details Form or by email to admin@cervicalcheck.ie.

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Ending a contract for cervical screening

Where a contracted doctor or clinic no longer wishes to retain a contract, formal written notice must be provided to the NSS. This requirement is included in the contract. Details of where to write are shown in Contacts for queries.

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Is cuid den Rannóg Sláinte agus Folláine i bhFeidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte í an tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála. Cuimsíonn sí BreastCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Cíoch, CervicalCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Ceirbheacs, BowelScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Putóige agus Diabetic RetinaScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Reitiní do Dhiaibéitigh.

The National Screening Service is part of the Health and Wellbeing Division of the Health Service Executive. It encompasses BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme, CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme, BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme and Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.