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This module can be taken as a “stand-alone” module, for nurses and other practitioners seeking to develop their skills, or as part of a PGDip or MSc programme.
This module aims facilitate you in taking a lead in your area in the provision of this major aspect of preventative health, within National Health Service [NHS] cervical screening programme, and the relevant skills and evidence base for your role as a cervical sampler.
The content of the module will examine the underlying principles of the NHS cervical screening and general principles of screening in the United Kingdom. The course content will identify risk factors associated with cervical abnormalities and enable you to understand the natural history of cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer, whilst understanding the current and future developments related to cervical screening. You will be examining how to deliver lifestyle and other advice to clients.
There will be teaching on the skill of cervical sampling, including history taking and infection control, as well as addressing the needs of women with special requirements. There will be visits and presentations on the role of the laboratory and colposcopy departments to provide you with an understanding of these roles related to cervical screening.
This module has now commenced for the current academic year (2017/18). For more information on upcoming dates please click on the 'register interest' button.
Level 7. Code NMM320
The assessment is in 2 parts and both must be passed to be awarded the 15 credits.
Part 1 consists of a skills schedule and the student must complete 20 supervised smear samples as well as including the annonymised results. Students must attain a true adequacy rate of 95% for all their samples.
Part 2 is an exam, which is a MCQ consisting of 10 questions AND 1 problem based scenario. It is the scenario that allows you to demonstrate your analytical and evaluative skills, which are characteristic of studying at master’s level.
In order for you to complete your portfolio it is therefore imperative that you are working in this area of practice, or have arrangements in place for the required level of supervision.