The SCT programme offers screening to pregnant women and couples to find out if they are at risk of having a baby with sickle cell disease or thalassaemia major, which are serious inherited blood conditions. This gives parents time to consider the options available. Screening also aims to improve infant health through prompt identification and treatment of affected babies.
The new updated standards should help improve the quality and consistency of SCT screening by making sure providers measure important points in the screening journey and use the same definitions so information can be measured and compared.
The standards measure coverage and timeliness of:
- antenatal screening and prenatal diagnostic (PND) tests
- laboratory test turnaround times
- reporting screen positive results
- receipt of screen positive babies into treatment
What has changed?
The standards template has been updated and will be used for all future revisions of screening programme standards.
The updated standards are in HTML format rather than PDF.
The supporting information to the updated publication details the changes and pathway themes. It also provides additional resources to support providers and commissioners.
The revised standards will come into effect, and annual data will be collected against them, from 1 April 2019 onwards.
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