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Training and learning resources

  1. Training programmes and prospectus
  2. Training for GP trainees
  3. Screening Service learning portal
  4. References and evidence papers

Training programmes and prospectus

The Screening Training Unit develops and delivers accredited smeartaker training programmes for health professionals. The training opportunities available are provided in partnership with the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Nursing Faculty), University College Cork and the National University of Ireland Galway.

The Screening Service learning portal provides online educational resources for smeartakers.

The yearly Training prospectus contains the details of available smeartaker training courses and course contents.

Schedule of courses 2017-2018

 8 September 2017

 Best practice in cervical smeartaking

 National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

 Galway  €550
  25 and 26 September 2017

 Smeartaker training programme for health professionals

 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

 RCSI Dublin  €550
  26 and 27 October 2017

 Smeartaker training programme for health professionals

 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

 Portlaoise  €550
  17 November 2017

 Clinical skills workshop for ICGP                       

 Distance Learning 12 Week Course

  4 and 5 January 2018

 Evidence based cervical screening

 University College Cork

 Cork  €550*
  2 March 2018

 Clinical skills workshop for ICGP

 Distance Learning 12 Week Course




  May 2018

 Clinical Skills Workshop for ICGP

 Distance Learning 12 Week Course






* Additional €35 student registration fee charged by UCC

**Member Fee €550 (for practice nurses who are attached to a practice where GP principal is an ICGP member)

To participate in any of the smeartaker training courses, a consent/application form must be completed and returned to the relevant academic body. This form can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

Smeartaker Training Registration and Supervision Agreement form 2017-2018

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Training for GP trainees

CervicalCheck offers the opportunity to GP Trainees to avail of certified training. A GP Trainee Resource Pack is available and the training can be delivered through the GP Training Scheme. To fulfil the criteria of certification, GP Trainees must:

  • Complete the GP Trainee application form (also available from the Smeartaker Training Unit by contacting 061 406565/564 or emailing
  • Complete two theory sessions as specified in the GP Trainee Resource Pack
    GP Training Schemes will deliver the theory sessions and must certify the theory component has been completed with evidence of dates
  • Complete a clinical audit with a CervicalCheck Clinical Trainer

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Screening Service learning portal

The Screening Service learning portal provides online educational resources on screening programmes for health professionals . The learning portal enables busy practitioners to advance their knowledge and skills at a time and pace that best suits their schedule, in an accessible and flexible format.

The Screening Service learning portal includes CPD accredited courses, online lectures, cervix image library, tools for practice management tools systems, and more to aid practitioners in their day to day roles.

Click here to visit the Screening Service learning portal

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Tools to support cervical screening in practice

Educational resources on practice management tools are available from the Screening Service learning portal. These include:

How to complete the cervical cytology form

Using your practice management software to identify eligible women

Using the online tools available from the CervicalCheck website


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References and evidence papers

The list below contains important reference and further reading publications related to cervical screening. Most references can be viewed or downloaded in PDF format by clicking on the link.

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Is cuid den Rannóg Sláinte agus Folláine i bhFeidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte í an tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála. Cuimsíonn sí BreastCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Cíoch, CervicalCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Ceirbheacs, BowelScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Putóige agus Diabetic RetinaScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Reitiní do Dhiaibéitigh.

The National Screening Service is part of the Health and Wellbeing Division of the Health Service Executive. It encompasses BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme, CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme, BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme and Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.