There has been a recent change in legislation for Paramedics working in Primary care. Where it forms part of their role, they are now eligible to be trained to undertake training to become cervical sample takers.


Cervical Smear Taker Training

This page displays our current offers for Novice and Mentor Smear takers training as well as links to guidance and eLearning. 

Cervical Screening Awareness Week (19-24 June) is an annual campaign organised by Jo’s Trust, a leading cervical cancer charity. It aims to raise awareness of, and ultimately increase uptake and coverage of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

This awareness week will focus on continuing to educate on the importance of cervical screening and encourage people to come forward when they are invited. Communications resources and tips to support people coming in for their screening will also be shared. Content will be uploaded to the Vaccinations and Screening workspace (sign up required).


What's happening

Training & Opportunities

Cervical Novice Smear Taker Training

All localities have commissioned a 2-day Cytology Programme via Liverpool University at a reduced-price using the CPD allocation.

Available to, Practice Nurses, Nursing Associates & Physician Associates working in General Practice in Lancashire and South Cumbria

Current dates:

  • 16th and 17th April 2024
  • 10th and 11th September 2024

To apply, please complete this Application Form and return it to [email protected].

See a review of the project here.

Cervical Smear Taker Mentor Course

This training is fully funded by the Training Hub and takes approximately 2.5 hours. 

This training allows you to be a smear mentor for 3 years.

See more information here.

To apply, please contact  [email protected].

Cervical Smear Taker Mentor Update Training

Many current Smear Supervisors/Assessors are due their three yearly updates and may have started to receive information from Liverpool University about a face-to-face session being held in Liverpool.
You have the opportunity to complete this training in a face-to-face session or via the 2.5 virtual option.
See here for more details on the virtual option. The cost of training is funded by the Training Hub via CPD funding.


These elearning modules support the training of healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of the NHS Screening Programmes in England.

Smear Training in Numbers


Trained Smear Takers

Attended the 2-day course and successfully completed their 20 supervised samples and been signed off.


Smears delivered

By Healthcare professionals trained with us.

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Resources & Videos

Please find useful updates, information and resources below