The NHS Cervical Screening Programme guidelines for new sample takers sets out the minimum content of training required. The certificate level course consists of 2 days of theory which is delivered at our training centre in Belfast.
This course equips the applicant with the requisite knowledge and skills to carry out cervical cytology screening competently.
The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to commence on this short course:
- Currently employed in general practice as a registered adult nurse.
- Currently employed within secondary care in a colposcopy or CASH clinic.
And also be
-Supported by employer and have access to completing 20 cervical samples.
Applicants are expected to name a supervisor for clinical practice that has trained in cervical cytology as part of their initial professional training or successfully completed a recognised training programme on cervical cytology screening. In addition, a supervisor should be a current cervical sampler (smear taker) and can demonstrate they have kept their knowledge and skills up to date.Read the full course description