Cervical Cytology: Training for sample takers


Cervical Cytology: Training for sample takers

This module will enable healthcare practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in cervical cytology.  The module meets the requirements and standards outlined in the “Guidance for the training of cervical sample takers” (November, 2016) which promotes consistency of sample taking and learning across the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in London.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the background aetiology and incidence of cervical screening and relate this to the drivers of the national screening programme.
  2. Critically review screening theory and understand how this impacts upon the roles of the general practice nurse and other members of the multidisciplinary screening team, including quality assurance.
  3. Critically analyse the evidence supporting holistic assessment and psychosocial issues within cervical scree
  4. Critically appraise and evaluate strategies for health promotion and health education ensuring equity, including uptake and barriers to screening.
  5. Apply cervical sample taking theory and techniques and apply this to practice to demonstrate competence.

Who is the module for?

Healthcare practitioners, such as nurses, midwives and physician associates. Course participants should be working in an area where they have regular access to women undergoing cervical screening, and where they can undertake cervical screening with clinical supervision.

Module code: TBC

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 6

Assessment: Case study and competency assessment (completed within a 9 month period from start of the course). Competencies will be assessed by a nominated assessor, in line with national guidance (PHE, 2016)

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 5 days

Module dates:*

  • Dates for 2017/18 to be confirmed

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

Module leader: Jo Powell

Programme: This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert


Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.