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, 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 Principles of screening
- Overview of the NHS Cervical Screening
- Review of anatomy
- Call and recall
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sample taking
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.