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 for Cervical Cytology
Applicants must be a Fellow of the IBMS, HCPC registered and hold the NHS CSP/City & Guilds Certificate in Cervical Cytology or the equivalent BSCC/IBMS Certificate of Competence in Cytology Screening. You must also have at least seven years experience in cervical cytology with substantial experience of “checking” and service management within the screening programme
as well as:
- 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
Cervical Cytology 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 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 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.
Cervical Cytology assessment
The examination of an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Cervical Cytology involves three assessments:
- a portfolio assessment
- a written examination
- a practical examination
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.
You will be expected to answer four out of six short-answer questions in 90 minutes covering the following areas:
- service development
- clinical aspects of cervical screening
- new developments in cervical screening
- quality assurance and audit
Practical microscopy examination
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.
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.
Cervical Cytology key dates
- Closing date for applications - Friday 16 February
- Portfolio submission deadline - Friday 9 March
- Examination date - Thursday 21 and Friday 22 or Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June (Venue - North of England Pathology and Screening Education Centre)
The date for the examinations will be confirmed in early December 2017.
Portfolio submission 2018
Candidates will be required to submit an electronic version of the portfolio of experiential learning to the Head of Examinations at the Institute offices via email to: email@example.com
It is recognised that this may not always be possible and therefore a hard copy version of the portfolio will also be acceptable. Candidates submitting a hard copy of their portfolio should send this to the Head of Examinations, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.
Cervical Cytology 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:
- payment of £400, along with
- a completed application form
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.
Cervical Cytology resources
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.
You can find case studies for on our Qualifications Resources page.
Deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances
If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.