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 course is not intended to be used for three yearly update training for experienced sample takers – that training is provided separately or available elsewhere.

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, South East Coast (Kent & Medway, Surrey & Sussex) and North West regions. It is also offered as a module on the BSc/PG Certificate in Practice Nursing course with De Montfort University, Leicester. 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.


For further details about this course or to apply please contact:  Tel:  0113 246 6332  for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, De Montfort Uni, Kent & Medway, and Surrey & Sussex

or  Tel:  0161 276 8804  for Greater Manchester, North West and Cumbria