Cervical Screening Update for Cervical Smear Takers Short Course

Cervical Screening Update for Cervical Smear Takers Short Course

Public Health England guidance NHS Cervical Screening Programme (2016) Guidance for the Training of Cervical Sample Takers recommends that cervical sample takers should undertake a minimum of one half day update every three years in order to maintain theoretical competence. Training requirements for medical and nursing professionals are equivalent.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Half day workshop


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Tuesday 1st October 2019, 9am-12:30pm, Tuesday 5th May 2020, 9am-12:30pm,

Entry Requirements:

Any registered nurse or doctor who is currently involved in cervical smear sampling as part of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. Maximum number of participants: 40

Course Content

Course Outline:
As required by Pubic Health England this update will provide the required training for sample takers to maintain their competence in cervical smear taking:

- Current developments in the NHSCSP, nationally and locally
- Sample taking, sampling devices, best practice for transformation zone sampling and positive pick up rates
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and vaccination
- Aware of individual's needs
- Changes to Screening Policies and Procedures
- Reviewing reflective practice and learning from incidents in the NHSCSP programme
- Identification of personal learning needs

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Attendance without examination

Academic Expertise

Facilitator: Debbie Brittain

Debbie is Principal Lecturer in Sexual Health. She delivers a variety of reproductive and sexual health modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Debbie is a qualified contraceptive health nurse, smear taker  and undertakes observational visits within local CASH services to maintain her knowledge and support her educational and clinical role.


Learning outcome & aims

As required by Pubic Health England this update will provide the required training for sample takers to maintain their competence in cervical smear taking.


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Attendee feedback answers to ‘What did you enjoy most about the workshop?’:

‘Consultant presentation’
‘All excellent’
‘Very informative’
‘All – appropriate and interactive’
‘Factual, useful information’
‘Very useful update’
‘Excellent speakers’

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Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
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How to Apply

Please book online at www.uclan.ac.uk/healthcpdworkshops. If you have any questions about the workshop please contact us: email healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 893836

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