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The Scottish Cytology Training School (SCTS) is an NHSCSP Accredited training Centre. The SCTS provides training and continuing professional development (CPD) for relevant professional staff in cervical cytology screening and associated work areas as part of the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme.
The SCTS facilities were due to transfer from Edinburgh to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow, but this move and any training courses have unfortunately been put on hold due to COVID-19.
Sue Mehew is still the Director of the Training School, if you have any Cytology Training School queries please contact her at: [email protected]
The course programme and application form are linked below:
Please send completed application forms to:
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 HCPC approved degree course or a recognised HCPC/ 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 of 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.
FOLLOW-UP COURSE IN GYNAECOLOGICALCYTOLOGY [NHSCSP Diploma] - (Thinprep®)
Course for candidates who have previously attended the NHSCSP Introductory Course in Gynaecological Cytology. This normally takes place 6-12 months after the Introductory Course.
PRE-EXAMINATION COURSE [NHSCSP Diploma] - (Thinprep®)
The introductory and follow up courses are supported by a pre-examination course. This normally takes places between 3 months and 3 weeks before the examination.
BMS/CYTOSCREENER ONE DAY UPDATE COURSE
Update course to refresh qualified screeners knowledge and inform them about developments in Cervical Cytology and the NHSCSP.
The Laboratory Medicine Building, Level 3,
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Road,
Training School Director – Sue Mehew
Training School Manager - Donna Rainey
Training School Administrator - Jillian Miller