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North West Cytology Training Centre history

The North West Cytology Training Centre (NWCTC) began in Saint Mary's Hospital Pathology Department with a series of workshops given by Prof FA Langley during the 1950s and 1960s.

Drs Blanche Butler, Cynthia Stanbridge and Ranji Persad (heads of the training school), Mrs Ruby Bean, Jean Mather and Mr David Proctor have contributed over previous years to the success of the training programme.

The North West centre was one of five set up individually during 1964 and has been at the forefront of training delivery both regionally and nationally since then.

Purpose-built centre

Since 2002, NWCTC has been based in purpose-built accommodation on the ground floor of the Clinical Sciences Centre at Central Manchester University Hospitals.

Training for nurse smear takers has been taking place in Manchester since 1992, when a programme was devised by Dr Yvonne Stedman and Jenny Davies, then based at The Christie hospital's Cytology Department.

The theory course was linked to a formal practical training element organised by the regional training department at Palatine Centre (part of Manchester University's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology). This course is still going strong and is a regular and popular event at the NWCTC.

Our close links with the regional training office were further strengthened with its the move from the Palatine Centre to the Hathersage Centre, at the junction of Hathersage Road and Upper Brook Street.