SAMPLE TAKER INITIAL TRAINING - Minimum entry qualification

You must be a qualified and registered nurse or doctor to attend this course and who will be undertaking the formal training including portfolio work as required by the NHSCSP Publication No 23 Taking Samples for Cervical Screening and the  INTERIM  (on line only) Good Practice Guidance for Cervical Sample Takers NHSCSP Good Practical Guide No 2 July 2011

The training is in two parts: a theoretical course plus a period of practical training. The theoretical training must be delivered by a trainer who is an experienced and practising sample taker.

Trainers and training supervisors must be experienced and practising sample takers who are able to demonstrate continuing competence in taking samples for cervical screening.

Training records: Each trainee should keep a record of their training in a personal training record book. Trainees must record the topics covered by theoretical training in their personal record book and must document their practical training. Trainees should also document their visits to the cytology laboratory and the colposcopy clinic

Practical training: Trainees should make arrangements with their training supervisor for sessions of practical observation and training. For the first practical session, the trainee should be accompanied by the training supervisor throughout and should:

• identify training needs in discussion with the supervisor

• observe at least two samples being taken

• take a minimum of five samples under supervision.

The supervisor and the trainee should then decide whether the student may proceed without further direct supervision. Subsequently, the trainee should take and document a minimum of 20 unsupervised samples. Easy access to a trained colleague during the training period is essential.

We will be  asking for the details of your clinical  mentor/trainer after receiving your application for the foundation course, this is compulsory so it is advisable to have this organised prior to submitting an application.