The NHS Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP) requires that all cytology sample takers have undertaken appropriate training in the cervical screening programme and sample taking technique.
North of England Pathology Screening & Education Centre currently offers the basic training course in cervical cytology sample taking, and has recognised accreditation from the Royal College of Nursing for the theoretical elements. The NEPSEC course adheres to the NHSCSP Guidance for the Training of Cervical Sample Takers November 2016 as a minimum.
The course is not intended to be used for three yearly update training for experienced sample takers – that training is provided separately or available elsewhere.
What to expect
The training is in two parts – a theoretical course plus a period of mentored practical training. The theoretical course is a two-day course run three to six times a year in the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Kent & Medway, Surrey & Sussex, Yorkshire & Humber and North West regions. It is also offered as a module on the BSc/PG Certificate in General Practice Nursing course with De Montfort University, Leicester and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.
Practical training will take place in the trainee’s place of work and must be supervised by an appropriate nominated mentor. Trainees must also visit a cytology laboratory and a colposcopy clinic local to their practice during their training. All training must be completed within a nine month period, and it is important that students and their employers do not underestimate the level of commitment this programme of learning requires.
For full details about the course requirements please download the course prospectus here.
For further details about this course or to apply please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Tel: 0113 246 6330) for Kent & Medway, Surrey & Sussex, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, De Montfort Uni, Leicestershire, Yorkshire & Humber
email@example.com (Tel: 0161 276 8804) for Greater Manchester, North West and Cumbria
PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM FOR SAMPLE TAKER INITIAL TRAINING AS THE FORM DOES NOT APPLY TO THIS COURSE.
Please contact us on the email addresses above or here.