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
This module is open to all nurses (except those on Part 9 of the NMC Register) and midwives working in a clinical environment where they are required to undertake cervical screening as part of their work.
What you will study
There are two assessments for submission:
- A workbased e-portfolio for the regional competencies, including the achievement of Green RAG rating, 3 reflections and 2 online learning packages
- Written audit report on practice - 2500 words
The assessment is the same at level 6 or 7 but the marking criteria is different.
Fees, finance and scholarships
2019/20 Standard part-time undergraduate health module:
- 10 credits: £770
- 20 credits: £1,540
- 30 credits: £2,310
- 40 credits: £3,080
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
On completion of this module you will have the skills to take cervical samples in appropriate settings . Some nurses have taken this module at masters (level 7) and continued to either a postgraduate certificate by adding another module or a full MSc.