This module is open to adult nurses working in Practice settings, where they are required to undertake cervical screening as part of their work. There is an expectation that subsequent to successful completion of the module you will be able to take a minimum of 20 samples a year.
It provides practitioners with the opportunity to develop the appropriate knowledge and practical skills to enable them to undertake cervical screening with confidence and competence and to closely examine the ethical and political issues, which underpin cervical screening.
This course requires 4.5 days attendance plus a visit to your local colposcopy clinic. The following topics will be covered:
- Skills required for high quality sampling
- Anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive tract
- Pathologies associated with cervical screening
- Risk factors including sexually transmitted infections, in particular (HPV) Health promotion and lifestyles
- Care of women undergoing screening/compliance and non-compliance
- Social implications of screening, political interventions and impact of bad publicity
- Current research findings and application to the clinical context
- Psychological factors associated with misdiagnosis or referral for further investigation
- Auditing and managing a service
- Undertaking an audit and compiling a report