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Cervical Screening Sample Taker Training - (2 days in person training)


This course has been developed in line with the NHS Cervical Cytology Screening Programme (NHSCSP 2020) recommendations and guidelines accredited through the RCGP and aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to be a competent smear taker in the context of local and national developments.

This course will take place over two consecutive days. Please note that both days of the course require your presence in person.

Upcoming training dates for sample takers:

Venue: Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre - 151 Park Road, N8 8JD

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

This training is open to Nurses, Nursing Associates and Physician Associates in NCL.

The practical element of this training consists of:

  • Observing a minimum of two smears being taken

  • Taking a minimum of 5 satisfactory smears being taken under supervision

  • Development of learning plan

  • Interim assessment (online)

  • Completing online HPV module

  • Taking twenty unsupervised smears

  • Visit to local colposcopy clinic

  • Visit to CSL laboratory

  • Final competency assessment to be conducted by external assessor who is competent smear taker taking a minimum of 20 smears annually and has completed smear update within the last 3 years (This can be an assessor from another practice or can be completed by MKM)