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It’s nearly Christmas and as we get ready for fun and the festive onslaught we thought we’d take a quick look back over the year’s most memorable news and achievements brought to you by the one and only PHE Screening blog…

Our readership has doubled in just a year, with more than 110, 000 unique users and more than 310,000 views – which puts us on a par with blogs from much larger departments as the 4th most subscribed blog across government.

International appeal

Surprisingly enough, nearly 7% of you are in the US; and some of you are even as far afield as Russia, Argentina, China, Denmark, as well as Brazil, Nepal, South Korea and the British Virgin Islands.


75 % of you like to read the blog at work on your laptops,  while 20% prefer to use your mobiles - and only a tiny 5% are using IPads...

Our top 10 blog posts

  1.  In at number one is my predecessor Jonny Waldheim’s blog on the recent changes to our E-Learning system, with a whopping 11,587 views. This was a big change in the world of Continued Professional Development (CPD) credits and aimed at all 11 of our screening programmes.
  2. And in a close second is our blog by Newborn Bloodspot Project Lead Lucy Pylypiw for midwives on how to advise parents on residual bloodspots with 8,654 views. This is important guidance on the legality of using blood spots.
  3. Our third most popular blog with just shy of 7,300 views (7,293) asks the very important question of why cervical screening stops at 64. This may not be that recent; it was written way back in 2015 – but it remains as relevant today.
  4. And in at number 4 we announced recent changes to our E-Learning, with 5,596 page views – not too shabby. Our e-learning modules have been developed over more than 10 years and during that time, more than 25,000 people have used and benefited from them.
  5. In fifth place we have How Best to Roll out HPV testing as the Primary Cervical Screening Test with 5,399 views. Last year after reviewing the evidence, the UK NSC recommended that the HPV test should replace cytology as the first stage in cervical screening as evidence shows that human papillomavirus (HPV) testing is a better way of identifying women at risk of cervical cancer than the cytology (smear) test that examines cells under a microscope.
  6. In at number 6 is the FIT Kit announcement by the Editor of GPNotebook , Dr Jim McMorran, with a total of 5,195 views.
  7. And in seventh place we have our guidance for GPs on the introduction of primary HPV testing with 4,753 views.
  8. In eighth place is our blog announcing the changes to HPV testing and the resulting guidance to laboratories with 4,605 views.
  9. In at number nine is our post on  our new letters and leaflets for cervical screening with 4,087 readers.
  10. And finally last (but by no means least) in 10th place is another e-learning blog – this time an update announcing the changes in cervical screening learning tools- which were changed to reflect the new guidance. This is the 6th cervical screening blog in our top 10 and has a respectable 3,747 views and counting...

Happy Christmas to all our PHE Screening blog readers and subscribers!

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