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
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.
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
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