The aim of this course is to assist Cervical Sample Taker Trainees to maintain high standards of sample taking in accordance with local and national standards. The guidance was updated in 2020 and our initial training sessions include the following:
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme
The background to cervical screening
Organisation of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme
Equality of access to cervical screening
Understanding the test results
Anatomy and physiology of the pelvic organs
Practical aspects and professional responsibilities of taking cervical samples
Trainees will receive initial theory and practical training with our Clinical Educators before completing the rest of the programme by undertaking supported procedures in practice with their Mentor. The whole programme can take up to 6 months to complete, but can take as little as 6 weeks if there are sufficient appointments available to the Trainee.
Devon Training Hub provides a detailed programme of work to follow, a Training Portfolio and Training Handbook, and professional support for Sample Taker Trainees and their Mentors throughout the programme. When the Trainee Sample Taker has completed the programme we allocate an independent External Assessor to liaise with the Trainee and complete a Final Clinical Assessment.
Our team consists of:
- Lucy Wood - Education Lead
- Julie Frost - Clinical Educator
- Sarah Didymus - Clinical Educator
- Victoria Tucker - Programme Administrator
Please be aware that there is information required from Trainees, Practice Managers and Mentors that must be submitted prior to the Trainee attending the first training session.