National Training Day
Tuesday 24th August 2021
Online Zoom –
Cytology

At the request of the National Training Committee, the NCPTS will be running a fourth National Training Day in 2021. The aim is to provide a broad base of training for laboratory staff in preparation for the transition to HPV primary screening. Funding will be made available to laboratories to cover travel expenses for laboratory staff who wish to attend.

The National Training Day aims to:

– Update and inform laboratory staff about proposed changes to the screening programme.

– Provide a programme of topics of particular relevance to cytoscientists/technicians and molecular scientists/technicians working in HPV testing.

– Provide a forward-looking vision for staff about how future laboratory work will look, including staffing issues, workflow and QA activities.

– Assist cytology staff in particular, to cope with the changes that are coming.

The programme:

– Has been developed in consultation with the National Training Committee and Lead laboratory scientists.

– Features an invited international speaker to provide an update about the Australian experience of moving to HPV primary screening in December 2017.

– Includes NCSP staff to discuss various aspects of the planning that is underway in preparation for the move to HPV primary screening, and clinical staff to discuss various aspects of clinical pathology and colposcopy work in the field.

Who is invited?

– All current laboratory staff (including registrars) across cytology, histology and HPV testing are invited.

– Funding for travel/accommodation will be available for cytoscientists/technicians, histoscientists and molecular scientists/technicians working in HPV testing.

Location:

– Wellington has been chosen as a central location. There is no registration fee. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge.

Funding:

– Funding for travel/accommodation will be made available to the six laboratories currently reporting cervical cytology and HPV testing, allocated on the basis of laboratory size. As each laboratory has individual circumstances, flexibility has been built into the funding approval process. Funding is also available to histoscientists at those laboratories which process cervical histology for the NCSP.

– The amount available to each laboratory will be individually identified to the Charge/Lead Cytoscientist shortly.

– The funding is restricted to cytoscientists/technicians, histoscientists and molecular scientists/technicians working in HPV testing.

– Funds may be used for travel costs (flights/taxis/car travel/public transport) and accommodation for the night before and/or after the training day if required.

– Each laboratory will be asked to provide a proposal of how they wish to use their funding allocation and this will need to be approved by the NCPTS.

– Reimbursement will be made by the NCPTS after the event, on submission of receipts for expenses incurred.

Please email Melinda Paterson at ncpts@medlabsouth.co.nz to register your attendance by 31st October.