An easy to read point by point guide to being a colposcopist and staying that way
Recertification for all colposcopoists is available by logging on to your BSCCP online account from the 1st September 2015 and selecting the Recertification option.
Recertification enables BSCCP colposcopists to retain certification for a 3 year period until the 1st September 2018.
Colposcopists must see the requisite number of new abnormal smear presentations during the audit period. The audit period is any twelve month period in the 36 months (3 years) prior to the recertification date. The requisite number of new presentations is 50. The recertification date is the date set by the Certification and Training Committee and is the same date for all certificated colposcopists irrespective of how long they might have been certificated. A new patient is a patient who has been referred to the clinic during the audit period and this can include re-referrals in respect of patients who have been previously discharged whether or not they have had treatment.
Data collection – every colposcopist should prospectively collect their activity data to enable recertification. Usually this will form part of the mandatory KC65 data collection.
The Audit period will be for 12 months . The required minimum caseload will be 50 cases per year.
The 50 cases can be made up as follows:
• A minimum of 25 new cases with abnormal cytology
• A maximum of 25 new cases referred with abnormal symptoms or an abnormal appearing cervix or multi focal lower genital tract disease referrals within or between colposcopy clinics
Please do not send paper audit forms as they cannot be accepted.
A colposcopist who, for any reason, is unable to see the number of new patients required by the time in question may apply for recertification provisional upon a 12 month audit showing an increase in the numbers of new patients seen, being submitted within 12 months. After 12 months the colposcopist will be placed on the “Suspend” list.
Colposcopists must have attended at least one BSCCP recognised intermediate/advanced postgraduate meeting, or alternatively a BSCCP Annual Scientific Meeting, in the preceding 3 years. It is essential to keep and be able to present attendance certificates as evidence.
A colposcopist who has failed to attend a recognised meeting within the preceding 3 years may apply for recertification provisional upon a certificate of attendance at an appropriate recognised meeting being submitted within 12 months of the recertification date. After 12 months the colposcopist will be placed on the “Suspend” list.
As a reminder, previous Annual Scientific Meetings, acceptable for recertification, are as follows:
2014 IFCPC London
Not all courses/meetings are suitable for recertification. It is imperative that you ensure the meeting you are attending is recognised for recertification. If you are in any doubt, please contact the office to clarify.
BSCCP Criteria for an Advanced Course
If you are planning on arranging and running an Advanced Colposcopy course, in order for this to be approved by the BSCCP and recognised for BSCCP recertification, please see the following list of criteria.
BSCCP Criteria for International Colposcopy Courses and Meetings
If you are planning on attending an International Colposcopy course in order for this to be approved by the BSCCP and recognised for BSCCP recertification, please see the following list of criteria.
If you have any queries, please get in touch with the BSCCP Secretariat on 0121 607 4716
To remain on the BSCCP Register of colposcopists the Colposcopist should either remain a fully paid up member of the Society, or pay an Administration Fee of £200 when applying for the Certificate. A colposcopist who is a member of the Society but fails to pay the annual subscription will receive certification provisional upon receipt of payment within 6 months of the due date (1st January). After 6 months the colposcopist will be removed from the register of colposcopists if payment is still not forthcoming.