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Shared learning at QA forum

The London screening quality assurance service (SQAS) recently held a forum for heads of midwifery and screening coordinators.

Hosting for the London SQAS team were QA adviser Alison Fiddler, head of strategic development Valerie Armstrong and QA officer Zoë Anderson.

Gemma Puckett, antenatal and newborn screening lead and fetal medicine matron at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, presented on what it is like to experience a QA visit from SQAS.

Gemma emphasised that people should not be scared of the process. Her advice was to “showcase the great work that you do!”

Elizabeth Davidson, deputy director at south east Thames newborn blood spot screening laboratory, spoke about avoiding mistakes with newborn blood spot samples. It was a useful and informative presentation for even the most experienced professionals present.

We also heard updates on all the antenatal and newborn screening programmes and shared the common themes and learning from our most recent Quality Assurance visits to London trusts.

Presentations from the forum

Thank you to everyone who made it on the day and we look forward seeing you at our next forum later in the year. We'll be in touch nearer the time with further details.

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