Cytology Update  CPD

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
12 April 2018 09:30 Full day £180 CS6002 Apply Now
9 July 2018 09:30 Full day £180 CS6002 Apply Now

Course Content

The day consists of a complete cytology update as required by the NHS Cervical Screening Programme and covers the following:

  • Cervical Screening Programmes and Annual Reviews and the impact of new research taking place relating to new initiatives in sample taking.
  • A refresher in anatomy and physiology of the cervix to aid understanding.
  • Taking cervical samples in relation to health and safety, infection control, and confidentiality.
  • The outcomes of taking cervical samples in relation to inadequacy rates and what we can do to reduce them.
  • HPV and the impact on testing and its relation to cancer and warts
  • What happens in the laboratory and what information is require in relation to completing the HMR101 request/reporting form and fail safe initiatives to ensure safe practice.
  • An insight in colposcopy if a woman needs treatment.
  • What is normal and what do we need to know when taking a cervical sample? Many pictures are shown to highlight the normal and abnormal cervix.
  • Cervical Quiz- test yourself on your knowledge and have some fun.

Tutor Info

Val McMunn is a qualified nurse, midwife, teacher, Independent nurse prescriber and is employed as a lecturer at City, University of London in contraception, sexual health and cytology.

She holds an MSc in Public Health and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sexual health as well as being an Associate of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and holds a letter of competence for intrauterine techniques and subdermal Implants.

She currently works clinically within contraception/sexual health services where she maintains her clinical skills and knowledge.

Her previous roles have been working ITU nurse, school nurse, midwife both in hospital and in the community, family planning nurse, community midwife manager, manager of family planning services, Assistant Director of Midwifery and Gynaecology and has been a lecturer for 13 years.

She has published work in regard to alcohol consumption related to sexual behaviour and Chlamydia infection in young women and oropharyngeal health in relation to sexually transmitted infections linked to oral sex. Last year she presented at the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Annual Conference in Birmingham.


Applicants must be a registered nurse and have experience as cervical sample takers. Please note upon booking your place, you will be contacted to confirm your NMC pin number.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

What will I learn?

You will receive a certificate of attendance that can be used as part of your:
-CPD requirement (35 hours of Continuing professional development in the past 3 years)
-NMC registration (and from the end of 2015 it can be used for revalidation)
-NHS Cervical Screening Programme for sample takers 3 yearly update requirement

Teaching and Assessment

No formal assessment

Application Deadline: