Sample Taker Training - 2 Day Foundation Course

This 2-day foundation course is suitable for registered nurses or doctors who require training in cervical sample taking. Course content is in line with National Guidance. It is delivered by experienced primary care, cytology and colposcopy staff who work within the NHSCSP, thus ensuring all information presented is relevant and up to date.

Included in the course fee are 2 external assessments and monitoring of your sample quality, with on-going feedback and support provided throughout the training period.  For those who come to the course in Bristol also included is a visit to the Southmead Cytology Laboratory.

If you would like to request a place on this course, please contact:

It is important before applying for a place on this course that you have the support of your employer.

Places are limited and they are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  All applicants will be notified approximately 1 month prior to the course commencing, as to whether or not they have been successful. For GP employed sample takers, the course fee is £300 per person.  BNSSG will be funded by the Avon Local Medical Committee.


South West Regional Cytology Training Centre, Pathology Sciences Building, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, BS10 5NB

Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital,  Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7PX

Dates for 2020:

2-3 November 2020


2020 Initial 2 Day Flyers

Learning Outcomes for Cytology Sample Takers