Cytology Training Centre

Cytology The Birmingham Cytology Training Centre first opened in the early 1960s, inspired by Betty Attwood who was a pioneer in the field of cervical cytology, having been trained herself by George Papanicolaou in New York.

We have full NHSCSP Cervical Cytology Training Centre accreditation.

Our course calendar has expanded to deliver an extensive range of courses including gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology, histopathology and autopsy courses for local, national and international healthcare professionals.   We also provide mandatory Initial Training and Update Training for Cervical Sample (‘Smear’) Takers in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

We have a purpose-built Training Centre with two well-equipped seminar rooms. These rooms can be used for formal lectures and practical microscopy sessions, as well as more informal group tuition at a multiheaded microscope.

Our dedicated team of medical, technical and administrative staff provide training, support and advice to all our visitors. We also have the support of many guest lecturers who assist us in delivering a full range of subjects and workshops.

Mission statement

We aim to deliver a high standard of training on all our courses, providing an excellent learning experience within a friendly environment.

The Training Centre team

  • Dr Anthony Williams – Director
  • Dr Raji Ganesan – Deputy Director
  • Maureen Frost – Manager
  • Amanda Lugg – Senior Administrator
  • Louise Bradley – Course Administrator

Cancellation policy

The Training Centre reserves the right to cancel courses or change a course timetable, if necessary, at short notice

If you need to cancel a confirmed place on one of our courses please note:

  • More than 4 weeks notice: 50% of course fee refunded
  • Less than 4 weeks notice: no refund

Please note:
Gynaecological Cytology Update Courses are free of charge for West Midlands regional staff. An admin fee of £35 applies if WM staff cancel a confirmed place within two weeks of course start date.  For out of region attendees our usual cancellation policy applies.

Compliments or Complaints

If you have a compliment or complaint regarding the Training Centre, you can leave a message in our suggestion box, sited at the sign-in desk or email the Training Centre Manager