London Regional Cytology Training Centre

World class training for cancer screening healthcare professionals

LRCTC Courses

PLEASE NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions the LRCTC is constrained in its ability to provide face to face training. All of our courses and course dates are being reviewed and are subject to change. Unfortunately we are not able to provide lunches at this time ****************************************************************************************************

Below are the courses and course date run here at the London Regional Cytology Training Centre.
To apply for a course please click on the date you wish to attend and then fill in the application form


ST1 & ST2 Study Sessions - for London & KSS

These are a series of monthly study sessions designed to support ST1 & ST2 cytology training.

All sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams and will be hosted by the LRCTC

A timetable of sessions will be issued to all ST1's & ST2's indicating topics to be covered by each session. Generally each session will cover two topic areas: one on gynaecological cytology and one on a non-gynaecological topic. Each topic area will last 1.5 hours, consisting of a 30 min lecture / 45 min interactive case presentation / 15 min Q&A.

Invitations to join these meetings will be sent out from the LRCTC and attendees will be given access to supportive educational resources via the LRCTC website.

Course Requirements

Course fee:

No Charge

Course dates:

  • 22, January 2021 (course full)


Formally known as the Foundation Course, the content & structure of this course has been revised in 2020 to meet on-line requirements for re-accreditation status by The Royal College of Nursing.

Please Note: The formal training will take place over a one-week period. The first date indicates when initial registration takes place together with an introductory on-line discussion via MS Teams (3hrs - am) There will then be a period of self-directed learning and support leading to the final date when there will be a practical classroom session (1 day). Details and location may vary dependent upon local requirements

N.B. Dates for 20th & 27th Jan, are specifically for sample-takers within South-West London, with the half-day practical session taking place within the local area.

Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the current guidance for sample-taker training updated Feb 2020

This course is designed for qualified and registered nurses, nursing associates, midwifes, physican associates, integrated sexual health care professionals or GMC doctors wishing to undertake cervical samples as part of their work. The course content is in line with National Guidance and  comprises of pre-course distance learning material, on-line course modules, and classroom teaching

This is a modular course held over a 1 week period with continual on-line assessments, discussion forums, and designated classroom sessions all of which are mandatory components. Classroom sessions will be held at the London Regional Cytology Training Centre at Northwick Park Hospital unless otherwise stipulated. Lectures will be given by both experienced practitioners and cytologists.

A period of supervision and mentoring in required following the course in order to reach qualified status. For this it is essential that, on application, that a designated mentor and external assessor have been assigned.

Acceptance onto this course will be subject to a vetting process to ensure that all applicants are suitably qualified and that nominated mentors are up to date with their own training and registration; a suitable process must also be in place to ensure that an external assessor can be assigned to the applicant



Course Requirements

Course fee:

Course Fee per person : £50 (London NHS contract), £200 (non-London / Private)

You must book on line using our application and receive acknowledgement from us by email to secure a provisional place. Details of named mentors/assessors will be checked before confirmation of placement can be given. Without this acknowledgement you will not have a place reserved


Course dates:

ASSESSORS / MENTORS Update for Sample-taker Training

This is an on-line 2 hour update for qualified and registered nurses, midwives, physician associates, and GMC doctors who wish to act as cervical screening mentors and external assessors. 

N.B. This training is currently only offered to London-based trainers

The training will be via MS Teams and will run from 9.30 am until 11.30 am. A link to the meeting will be sent out upon successful application

Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the current guidance for sample-taker training updated Feb 2020

This update is designed to explain the roles and responsibilites of cervical screening mentors and external assessors whilst also providing an update on current training requiremens and developments witihin the NHS CSP

Acceptance onto this course will be subject to a vetting process to ensure that all applicants are suitably qualified and are up to date with their own training and registration. 

N.B. By applying for this course you are giving permission for your details to be passed to your local Training Hub in order for them to maintain a register of external assessors within their area.

Course Requirements

Course fee:

London-based : Free of Charge

Course dates: