There has been some confusion over the application for a smear code for trainees on the scheme. It actually seems to be very straight forward. The practice manager or cytology lead at the practice just needs to apply for a code for the trainee. There is a box in which to put training: here we just need to put in house-training, (an example maybe observe 2, and perform 5 say while being observed, as well as completion of the on-line training module). We are hoping to arrange a gynae session at HDR in which we can cover some basics. Please find below guidance from Anne Connolly (who is the area lead for Women’s Health).
GP VTS Trainees
If you will be conducting cervical screening whilst in practice you must obtain a Cervical Sample Taker Code before you start taking samples. When you commence your placement in practice, you should inform the Sample Taking Coordinator at your practice that you require a cervical sample taker code and that they should register you on the Cervical Sample Taker Database via the link www.cstd.neyhqarc.nhs.uk/admin.
You may find the following websites useful in regards to your Cervical Screening Training:
Quality Assurance Reference Centre
Yorkshire andHumberand North East Sample Taker E-learning Course
HPV Implementation E-learning Course
HPV Implementation E-learning Assessment