Latest news items added to the website
21 May 2013
Screening Matters Issue 13
The new issue (January - February 2013) of the UK NSC's Screening Matters newsletter is now available on the UK Screening Portal, with the latest screening policy information, as well as updates on the English national screening programmes and cross-programme work.
16 May 2013
eLearning module news
The IDPS eLearning module now supports annual recompletion for CPD. A year after you recompleted the module you will get an email to say it has been reset. The next time you log in, you'll be able to work through the module again and get an updated certificate at the end.
7 May 2013
2011-12 Summary document published
The NHS Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy Screening (IDPS) Programme has published its 2011-12 Summary. The document summarises the programme's activity and progress against objectives during the year.
The IDPS 2011-12 Summary is designed to supplement the UK National Screening Committee's Screening in England annual report and can be downloaded from the Publications page of this website.
25 February 2013
Screening in the UK 2011-12: Policy Review
The UK National Screening Committee's annual report on Screening in the UK 2011-12 has now been published. As well as introducing the work of the UK NSC and explaining the concept of screening, it covers the UK NSC's policy development work during this period, highlighting the conditions which were reviewed and explaining why screening was or was not recommended.
During 2011-12, the UK NSC made 13 policy recommendations, from alcohol misuse screening in adults to screening for thalassaemia in newborns.
The report also covers the current state of screening in each of the 4 UK countries, providing a summary of all the national screening programmes and key achievements during the year.
11 February 2013
Screening in England 2011-12
The UK NSC's annual report on Screening in England 2011-12 has now been published on the Screening Portal. It gives a fascinating insight into the NHS screening programmes*, as well as providing an introduction to the role of the UK NSC and what screening is - and why it is different to other types of service in the NHS.
The report is broken into a number of themes to highlight the successes and challenges of screening using quotes, case studies, statistics and commentary:
- Screening is important
- Screening is driven by evidence
- Screening has a unique role in the NHS
- Screening involves choices
- Screening has an impact
The Screening at a Glance section also provides a 2 page snapshot of screening during 2011-12 in numbers.
* Note that this report does not cover the cancer screening programmes, which are managed separately.
4 February 2013
New Screening Incidents eLearning module launched
A new eLearning module on Screening Incidents has been developed by the UK National Screening Committee and is for use by everyone involved in the delivery, management, commissioning and quality assurance of the NHS Screening Programmes for antenatal and newborn screening, diabetic eye screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.
The overall aims of the resource are to examine why screening incidents occur, the steps that can be taken to avoid them, how to manage them, learn from them, and ultimately to optimise the quality of the patient experience.
Registration on the CPD website is quicky, simple and free and we hope you find the module useful and enjoyable to work through.
23 January 2013
New website document library
A new document library has been added to this website to enable you to find the files you want more easily. You can view all files in a single A-Z list, or just those beginning with a certain letter, and can also search by title or filename.
12 November 2012
Programme update newsletter
The latest programme update is now available.
This short online newsletter covers topics including changes to the national screening programme team, the new laboratory handbook, laboratory survey update, standards implementation and planned screen positive patient information leaflets.
23 October 2012
Laboratory Handbook updated
We have revised the 2010 Handbook for Laboratories. The key changes are set out in the Introduction to the 2nd edition. We will be updating the Programme Standards over the coming months, with an aim to publish these in early 2013.
10 October 2012
New public information pages
We have revamped the pages on this website providing information for the public to make them easier to use and provide additional details of what to expect during screening. Please let us know if there is any other information you would like us to add.