Cervical Screening Training

Certificate in Cervical Screening for Healthcare Professionals

DUE TO COVID-19 and social distancing we will not be able to take full capacity on our courses.  We have therefore put on extra courses for this year and throughout 2021.

Course overview

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme guidelines for new sample takers sets out the minimum content of training required. The certificate level course which we provide has evolved over the years taking in to account evaluations from participants. It consists of 2 days of theory which is delivered at our training centre in New Croft House, Market Street East, Newcastle, NE1 6ND. This is followed by clinical practice with a Cervical Screening Mentor. The mentor will assess the environment prior to demonstrating to the trainee the correct consultation with the woman. The mentor will observe the trainee take a minimum of 5 samples and if they and the trainee agree the trainee is safe to proceed, 20 unsupervised samples are undertaken. The trainee must identify a colleague either nurse or doctor to provide professional support during the unsupervised samples. It is important that the professional support is on site when the women are screened in case difficulties arise.

A portfolio must be completed with evidence of the training. This consists of a detailed audit of the 20 samples, an Interim Assessment at which the trainee must accurately identify features of 5 cervix, a record of visits to the local cytology laboratory and colposcopy clinic, a short test of knowledge and three reflective written pieces to demonstrate the knowledge gained. An assessment by the mentor completes the clinical element of the training. The assessment will consist of an evaluation of the quality of samples taken and observation of 5 samples taken by the trainee.

The cost of the course is £250.00

This course is only available to nurses.  Doctors please see attached information.

 Doctor Training- Recommendations – 2019

Theory content

  • The NHS Cervical Screening Programme

  • Background to Cervical Screening

  • Organisation of NHS CSP

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the pelvic organs

  • Practical Aspects of taking Cervical samples

  • Workshops

  • Aetiology of Cervical Cancer and HPV

  • Colposcopy

  • Cervical Screening sample requests

  • Understanding the test results

  • Laboratory

  • Equality of access to cervical screening

  • Cervical Screening and Learning Disability

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Legal and Ethical Issues



Please Note – If you would like to add yourself to a Reserve List please contact CST on 0191 229 2950 or email michelle.harrison5@nhs.net.

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