The cervical screening course includes 2 core days, pre-course reading, department visits and clinical
placement with an in-house mentor and final assessment undertaken by Clinical Training Limited.

This structured programme has the support of the Thames Valley Cervical Cytology Screening
Educational Group and NHS England (Wessex), Bournemouth University and the CCGs. This
accredited course runs 5-6 times a year in Thames Valley, Wessex Lincoln and Surrey.

The course is 9 months in length from the core days.

The Course:

  • Open to nurses in primary care, General Practitioners Physicians Associates, community
    nurses, practice nurses, registered nursing associates, prison nurses, the armed forces,
    midwives and health visitors
  • All nurses are required to be working in their chosen area of work, the community, general
    practice or the prison service for a minimum of 8 hours per week
  • Self-directed learning e.g., library access
  • Duration – 9 months, two core days
  • Visits – 2 half days
  • Clinical placement – a minimum of 5 directly supervised sessions of clinical skills development
    ( this may vary depending on the progress of the student) by a mentor
  • 100% attendance at study day and practical sessions are required
  • Content – A balance of theory and clinical skills


  • 85% pass is required of multi-choice exam prior to allocation to clinical placement
  • External assessor from Clinical Training Ltd will undertake a final assessment of 3 complete
    consultations undertaken.
  • Evidence based portfolio – all students are required to submit an evidence-based portfolio with
    the student’s interim and final assessment, completed competencies, reflective pieces, audit
    and visits (this has to be submitted to qualify).

The Process:

  1. Application form – this must be completed in-line with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Training Hub requirements.
  2. Place Confirmation – this will be sent by e-mail on receipt of application.
  3. Pre- course reading pack will be sent out 1 – 2 weeks prior to core days.
  4. Core Days – these will include an exam, theory and the opportunity to have practical experience prior
    to their placements.
  5. In- House Mentor – every student must have a mentor to support them with the clinical aspect of the
  6. Course leader – all students will be encouraged to use the course leader as a resource.
  7. Final Assessment – This is undertaken in the students practice by Clinical Training Limited
  8. Visits – all students are required to attend department visits, cellular pathology and colposcopy

Please note that your name and email address will be passed to the supplier, so that they can send you joining instructions and any feedback surveys.