Cervical screening: cervical sample taker training

Guidance on the training of new cervical sample takers.

Applies to England



This guidance describes a post registration education pathway for new cervical sample takers in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP).

It aims to:

  • promote high quality, specialist training that is consistent with national policy recommendations and programme requirements
  • provide a common core of learning for all sample takers to a required minimum standard
  • advise on the training requirements for all sample takers in the NHSCSP
  • endorse the cervical screening mentor and cervical screening assessor roles for consistency in training and assessment
  • promote interaction across the care pathway

The guidance also describes the requirement for update training to support sample takers in meeting their clinical and professional responsibilities for continuing professional development and revalidation.

You can download slide presentations for training topic modules 1 to 6, and 8 (there is no presentation for topic 7).

The interim assessment for trainees is available on e-Learning for Healthcare (E-LfH).

Contact the screening helpdesk with any queries about this publication, making sure you include its full title.

Published 14 December 2016
Last updated 28 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated following the implementation of primary human papillomavirus (HPV) screening in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

  2. First published.