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



This 4 day course for consultants and SPR's which covers ONLY non-gynaecological cytology.

Due to popular demand we have added an optional half day mock exam which will be held on the last day of the course for those waiting to take MRCPath exam.
Please indicate on the application form whether you wish to attend this day or not.

The department is open from 9-5 pm Monday to Fridays


Course Requirements

Course fee:


Course fee: £400 (+£50 if you wish to attend the half day mock exam) to be paid by cheque or employer invoice

You must book on line using our e-application and receive acknowledgement from us by email to secure a provisional place.Without this acknowledgement you will not have a place reserved

Payment to be received four weeks prior to the start of the course


Course dates:

  • 07 - 11, March 2022 (course full)

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:

  • 24, January 2022 (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, & registered physican associates, 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:

  • 10, February and 17, February 2022 (course full)
  • 17, March and 24, March 2022 (course full)


This online Cytology for Colposcopists course has been approved by the BSCCP for Trainee Accreditation.

Developed by the LRCTC the course provides detailed information on

  • Laboratory organisation and sample processing, including HPV testing
  • Cervical cytology screening, reporting and NHS CSP management protocols
  • Cytology and microscopy of normal and abnormal cell components of the cervical sample
  • MDT protocols and cervical cancer audit

The course is designed to meet the requirements of the trainee's pathology experience in their understanding of practical laboratory processes and the viewing of cytology slides. The course structure is underpinned by case presentations, Q&A sessions, and an interactive quiz

The course is delivered via MS Teams and is of 5 hours duraton (excluding breaks). Completion of the course has been recognised by the BSCCP as equivalent to face-to-face laboratory training for both registered nurses and doctors training in Colposcopy

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