Cervical sample takers update

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Completion of NHSCSP initial training: sample taker training must be achieved within 12 months (this is also allowing for any extensions that may have been agreed with lecturers/course leaders). Those who fail to complete their training within this time frame are required to undertake the full initial training including the clinical practice to full cervical sample taking competencies.
HPV primary screening e-learning: the NHSCSP screening programme is changing. The introduction of HPV primary screening is to be rolled out (December 2019–March 2020). PHE will be launching HPV primary screening e-learning training. This is free to access and is required for all non-medical sample takers. This training is to be completed in  additional to NHSCSP cervical sample taker update and Initial training. It is expected that doctors will have access to specific training that is more suited to their requirements.  
GP screening training: PHE launched new GP NHS screening training. This course will look at four areas of the NHS screening programme including cervical screening, diabetic eye screening, sickle cell and thalassaemia screening and a part of the newborn physical examination: examination of the hips. This course aims to examine the programmes and the role of testing, ways of increasing programme uptake whilst reducing errors and to look at the roles of both clinical and non-clinical staff in these processes – access the courses here.

HPV ‘test of cure’ protocol

After treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) women are invited back six months after treatment for a repeat cervical sample in the community. Rather than refer women back to their general practice for a repeat sample, some colposcopy units have been following up these women. However, with the introduction of HPV primary screening (officially in December 2019) there will be significant numbers of women being referred to colposcopy in the initial years of its implementation to ensure these women receive their treatment in a timely manner it is essential that these women referred back after treatment are followed up within general practice in line with the national guidance.

PCSE Update

PCSE has introduced new online forms for colleagues across the Cervical Screening community to contact them with requests to carry out work or raise queries for further details and access to the forms please click here.

Notify PCSE of Cease, Reinstate or Defer

Practices should submit Cease, Reinstate and Deferral forms to PCSE before the cut off shown on the Open Exeter Prior Notification List (PNL) to avoid inappropriate invitations. The forms should be submitted via the online enquiry form, which can be found here.

If you have any queries about this please email Elizabeth Bradley.

Expiry date: Mar 29th, 2019