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Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening workshops announced

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A blood sample is being taken from the arm for screening.
A blood sample is needed for screening

During pregnancy, women are offered a blood test for 3 infectious diseases: hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis. This is part of the antenatal care pathway and is offered, and recommended, for all pregnant women in England in every pregnancy.

We’re reviewing the current care pathway for women with hepatitis B and their babies in the NHS infectious diseases in pregnancy screening (IDPS) programme.

This is a joint quality improvement initiative with the screening programme, quality assurance and Public Health England's immunisation teams. A project group with stakeholders from various professions and services is supporting the review.

Our workshops

We are running workshops to tell stakeholders more about the hepatitis B care pathways which will be introduced from April 2019 and to launch a suite of resources to help professionals to improve care for women and their babies.

Anyone involved in the care of women with hepatitis B and their babies is welcome to attend one of our workshops, but we specifically need representatives from providers and commissioning to come along and then cascade the key messages.

We are particularly keen the following professionals attend:

  • screening coordinators/teams
  • delivery suite/community midwifery managers
  • infectious disease specialist nurses
  • screening quality assurance service teams
  • screening and immunisation team members
  • primary care teams: GPs, health visitors and practice nurses

The interactive workshops will clarify:

  • why we need an enhanced pathway
  • what it means for women and maternity services
  • the role of delivery suite midwives
  • screening outcomes – what is new?
  • improving the national selective neonatal immunisation programme
  • surveillance of mothers and babies

Book your place

Please check your diaries to see if you are able to attend one of our workshops.

Dates Venue
Wednesday 5 September 2018 London: Etc.venues, Victoria
Wednesday 26 September 2018 Manchester: Crowne Plaza, Oxford Road
Wednesday 10 October 2018 Bristol : Holiday Inn, Bristol city centre
Tuesday 16 October 2018 Leeds: The Met Hotel
Thursday 1 November 2018 Birmingham: Copthorne Hotel
Tuesday 20 November 2018 London: Etc.venues, Victoria

Places are limited, so first come, first served!

To book your place, email:

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