Cytology Training Course

February 9 2021

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With a national focus to increase Cytology screening, we are pleased to offer a Cytology course, for colleagues new to the skill.  This course is suitable for Registered Professionals, including Physician Associates registered on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR).

The course includes a workbook, online theory training day and assessment (venue to be confirmed).  The workbook is completed following the theory day and includes 20 samples that must be supervised by a mentor. Prior to 3 samples which are assessed.

Course Dates:

Theory – 1 Day:

  • 30th March 9-5pm for 16 participants
  • 31st March 9-5pm for 4 participants

Informal practical examination (OSCE) – ½ Day

  • Date to follow – Virtual SIM Centre to booked


Practitioners eligible to train for the role of a cervical sample taker: 

  • Registered nurses
  • Registered nursing associates on NMC register
  • Registered midwives
  • Physician associates registered on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR)
  • Registered healthcare professionals working in integrated sexual health clinics
  • General Medical Council (GMC) registered medical doctors


Course Details:

  • Must have access to a mentor experienced in cytology and up to date.
  • Students will be expected to complete a pre-course workbook. All workbooks/learning materials and theory materials will be supplied by UWL.
  • Students will have a further workbook to complete, including 20 samples as a student with TZ cells noted, and there will be an end assessment where 3 samples will be assessed by an external assessor.
  • Students will receive certificates when workbooks are completed and final assessment sign off is achieved.
  • To undertake the samples, the nurse must be working/have regular and supported placements in a GP practice where they can be issued with a temporary training pin for cytology.
  • The student will also need to visit the colposcopy clinic – to be advised on.


If you are interested in this course, please contact .