INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN GYNAECOLOGICAL CYTOLOGY [NHSCSP Diploma] - (Thinprep®) - Minimum entry qualification

Trainee Cytoscreener – 4 GCSE’s
Trainee biomedical scientist – ‘A’ levels or equivalent to allow entry to a HPC approved degree course.Or a recognised HPC/ IBMS approved degree.

Eligibility - All students must be employed in an NHSCSP Cytopathology department, as a trainee to undertake this course as part of the 2 year UK registration training

Length of time in post: Learners should attend the Introductory Course ideally within the first 6 months of employment.Learners should spend a minimum of 6 weeks in the home laboratory learning how to set up and use a light microscope to visualise cells for interpretation and be familiar with normal cell morphology and basic infections.

 NHSCSP - Registration: Prior to starting the Introductory course pre-registration students must be registered by their employers with the NHSCSP Education office. The laboratory training officer (assessor) must also be registered prior to learners commencing their portfolio.This course is the first part an intensive two year training plan for registration in Cytology which includes written portfolio work, slide logbook and attendance at compulsory courses at the training centre with a final one day external examination.

Overseas: If there are vacant places available, overseas students who do not have their own national cytology training programme maybe eligible for the one month course only.They must submit a c.v. for consideration on an individual basis to the LRCTC Manager.

Overseas students must also submit evidence of approval to be released from their employment in their home country for the duration of the course by their employers when submitting a c.v.