Cervical screening: education and training

Training and continuing professional development (CPD) for people working in the NHS cervical screening programme (CSP) in England.

This guide sets out education and training resources available to healthcare professionals working in the NHS cervical screening programme (CSP).


E-learning developed by the NHS screening programmes is available on the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) website.

E-learning for GPs

Complete the British Medical Journal’s screening for cervical cancer module to learn about:

  • how to advise women worried about cervical cancer
  • what information to give women
  • how to advise women who have questions about the NHS cervical screening programme

Physicians: video learning modules

Watch 4 medical animations for health professionals showing cervical anatomy and the development of cervical cancer.

Cervical sample taker training

Primary human papillomavirus (HPV) testing: pilot site sample taker training

The NHS CSP is piloting primary HPV testing.

Resources are available to train sample takers working in pilot sites. These include a:

Cervical cytology training

There are 5 NHS CSP approved cervical cytology training centres. 4 in England and 1 in Scotland.

Birmingham Cytology Training Centre.

Cytology Department
Birmingham Women's Hospital
Mindelsohn Way
B15 2TG

North of England Pathology and Screening Education Centre.

Unit 3, Wakefield Office Village
Fryers Way
Silkwood Park

Ground Floor, Clinical Sciences Building 2
Manchester Royal Infirmary
Oxford Road
M13 9WL

London Regional Cytology Training Centre.

Level 6X, Room 005
St Marks Building
The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
Northwick Park Hospital
Watford Road

South West Regional Cytology Training Centre in Bristol.

Department of Cellular Pathology
Pathology Sciences Building
Southmead Hospital
BS10 5NB

Scottish Cytology Training School.

1st Floor, Building 9
Edinburgh Bioquarter
9 Little France Road
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4XU

Education and training: all programmes

This includes:

  • the screening timeline
  • events

Health Knowledge: screening overview

The interactive learning on screening available from Health Knowledge is helpful for new and non clinical staff or those returning after a long period absent.

Published 8 December 2017