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ASD in Cervical Cytology

Demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge and skill and advance your career with an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma 

The IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Cervical Cytology enables you to demonstrate the scientific and clinical knowledge that underpins the practice of cervical cytology and the practical competence required to screen, interpret and report normal and abnormal cervical cytology results.

Candidates who achieve an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Cervical Cytology will be able to:

  • undertake a role that involves the independent interpretation, evaluation and reporting of cervical cytology samples
  • offer expert professional advice on patient management and follow-up
  • participate in the training of biomedical scientists and specialist trainee medical staff in the reporting of normal and abnormal cervical cytology samples

 


Who can apply

In addition to: 

  • being a Fellow of the IBMS
  • being Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
  • holding the NHS CSP/City & Guilds Certificate in Cervical Cytology or the equivalent BSCC/IBMS Certificate of Competence in Cytology Screening
  • having at least 7 years experience in cervical cytology with substantial experience of “checking” and service management within the screening programme

you must also:

  • have a single named consultant pathologist trainer who has overall responsibility for mentoring and guiding you and monitoring your progress
  • undertake your training in a laboratory with CPA (Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd) or UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) registration
  • undertake your training in a laboratory with IBMS post-registration training approval

 


Qualification structure

IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Cervical Cytology is a professional vocational qualification assessed by a portfolio of evidence and examination.

The portfolio of evidence provides a record of your training and should contain evidence of regular assessments of your competence in reporting cervical cytology results by your named consultant pathologist supervisor. 

Your portfolio should be structured in two parts:

Part A

Part A should include:

  • answers to 7 questions on cervical cytology listed in the candidate guidance
  • a shadow reporting log must be submitted of 250 cases
  • evidence of the regular case review of 25 cases from the shadow reporting log
Part B

Part B should include: 

  • a shadow reporting log of at least 250 further cases
  • evidence of the regular case review of at least 25 further cases from the shadow reporting log
  • a total of ten case studies which can be taken from Part A, Part B or a combination of both parts of the portfolio

Once your named consultant pathologist supervisor is satisfied that your training is complete you can submit your portfolio and go on to the written and practical examinations.  

Summer 2017 Update: Please note that Part A and Part B of the portfolio can be submitted in the same year however it must be clear from the evidence provided within the portfolio that the requirements of Part A are completed first. The Guidance document will be amended shortly to reflect this change.

Guidance to candidates and trainers

Portfolio assessment indicators

 


Assessment

The examination of an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Cervical Cytology involves three assessments:

  • a portfolio assessment 
  • a written examination
  • a practical  examination 
Portfolio assessment

You must meet 28 standards in order to pass your portfolio assessment and progress to the written and practical examinations.

Your portfolio will be independently assessed by two members of the Conjoint Examination Board. 

Written examination 

You will be expected to answer four out of six short-answer questions in 90 minutes covering the following areas: 

  • morphology
  • screening
  • service development
  • clinical aspects of cervical screening
  • new developments in cervical screening
  • quality assurance and audit
Practical microscopy examination

Short Cases
You will be expected to screen 12 slides in 72 minutes with summary clinical information and prepare full reports comparable to HMR 101/5 including appropriate management with free text comments if necessary.

Long Cases
In this examination candidates will be expected to review 8 cases in 120 minutes consisting of slides with summary clinical information, preparing full reports and discussion on all eight cases. 

 


Key dates 

2017

Final application date for 2016 examinations - Friday 17 February 2017

Final portfolio submission date - Friday 10 March 2017

Examination Date – Thursday 15/ Friday 16 June 2017 (North of England Pathology and Screening Education Centre)

 

Portfolio submission 2017

Candidates will be required to submit an electronic version of the portfolio of experiential learning to the Head of Examinations at the Institute offices. Hard copies should be sent to 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL. Electronic copies should be emailed to examinations@ibms.org

 


Fees and how to apply 

To apply for the qualification in the year in which you plan to submit your portfolio for assessment you will need to submit to the IBMS Examinations Team

to the IBMS Examinations Team.

Fees can be paid by: 

  • cheque made payable to "IBMS"
  • credit or debit card payment by phone on +44 (0)207 731 0214 ext 142 or 
  • purchase order from your hospital Trust

You can also submit a copy of your application and payment by post to Examinations, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.  

 

Confirmation of application

Once your application has been accepted you will be sent confirmation of your candidacy and a reminder of the submission deadline for your portfolio.

 

Case studies

You can find case studies for on our Qualifications Resources page.

 


Resources 

Guidance on Recognising and Avoiding Plagiarism

You can find discipline-specific reading lists to support you in completing an  IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Cervical Cytology on our science reading page.

You can find articles and online resources to support you in completing an  IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Cervical Cytology in our resources section

British Association for Cytopathology website

Exam Practice for the Advanced Practice Diploma

 


Deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances

If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact examinations@ibms.org as soon as possible.

 

For further information about the IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma please contact examinations@ibms.org