Colposcopy is an exciting and rewarding area for Nurses working within the Gynaecological field in which to specialise. There are now over 240 trained Nurse Colposcopists and many more Colposcopy Nurses who are registered as members of the BSCCP, so the network in this area is growing all the time.
The BSCCP as a society actively encourages networking and open communication for its nurse members and provides meeting facilities at the Annual Scientific Conference in liaison with the BSCCP Nurse Representative.
The BSCCP Nurse representative on the Executive Committee is an elected role and a 3 year position. This individual is a voice for nurse members at the 6 monthly Executive meetings and a point of contact for all nurses working in this area. They have input into any decisions relating to nursing issues and are also involved in examining at OSCEs.
The Nurse Rep is also a Co-opted member of the UK Colposcopy Nurses Group (details of this group are outlined below) providing an important link between the BSCCP and the RCOG.
Current Nurse Representative: Jilly Goodfellow (Royal Victoria Infirmary) until April 2018.
This follows exactly the same training programme as for Doctors, the only difference being a greater emphasis on formal Cytology and Histology training involving either attendance on a course or proof of training sessions within your own hospital labs (6 sessions)
The BSCCP has set up a mentorship programme to support Nurses in training so please refer to the published list of registered mentors in the ‘Key Contacts’ section.
It is compulsory for all trainees to attend a Basic Colposcopy Course and this is a great way to meet fellow nursing and medical colleagues in training.
The BSCCP office is based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and will assist you by answering any queries you may have with regard to training and relevant courses within your area. (Telephone 0121 607 4716)
It is a National QA standard that there are 2 assisting nurses in clinic with a colposcopist, one of which must be a qualified registered nurse. Therefore, it is very important that Nurse Colposcopists are afforded the same support as medical colleagues during and after training.