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What we blogged about in June 2019

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Our round-ups are the easiest way of catching up on blogs you may have missed

Here is a round-up of each and every Public Health England (PHE) screening blog published in June 2019. There were 19 in total.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening

AAA clinical skills trainers — sign up for summer 2019 focus groups now

PHE Screening is hosting 4 focus group meetings in July and August 2019 to hear the views of clinical skills trainers working in AAA screening.

Bowel cancer screening

New bowel cancer screening easy guide published thanks to input from our experts by experience

PHE Screening has published its updated national easy guide to bowel cancer screening in collaboration with the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network, Macmillan Cancer Project and Bowel Cancer UK.

Breast screening

Breast screening services must use new self-referral letter template

It is very important that breast screening providers use the new national self-referral letter template for women aged 71 and over who self-refer for screening.

New ‘reason for recall’ field in breast screening IT system will drive up quality

The next release of the National Breast Screening System is introducing a new ‘reason for recall’ field, allowing mammogram image readers to report the reason for images being recalled.

Cervical screening

Talking about cell changes during Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2019

A blog by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust chief exec Rob Music.

Diabetic eye screening

New report to quality assure national grading in diabetic eye screening

New national diabetic eye screening guidance published that describes a statistical method to compare grading outcomes between local screening providers.

Fetal anomaly screening

Important learning points from screening support sonographers’ workshops

Feedback from a workshop for screening sonographers highlighted a number of areas for shared learning and improvement.

Language matters, especially if you’re a health professional talking to parents-to-be

Two mums talk about the importance of the language that health professionals use when talking to parents and parents-to-be about conditions like Down's syndrome, Edwards' syndrome and Patau's syndrome.

Update on non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) implementation — microarray testing technology and twins

We have previously published a number of blogs about  NIPT. Here we provide an update on next steps.

General information

Antenatal and newborn screening digital information survey results

Find out what antenatal and newborn screening colleagues said in response to our antenatal and newborn screening digital information survey.

Collaborative working improves screening for babies and mums in Cumbria

Cumbria is a large county with hospitals spread miles apart. Collaborative working is essential between all the people and services who help deliver antenatal and newborn screening.

Our new introduction to population screening e-learning module is live

Our exciting new e-learning module provides an interactive introduction to population screening. Find out more.

Screening data and information objectives

Standards are one of the ways we can see how well national screening programmes are performing. Find out how the data team at PHE will be working to publish high-quality information on screening in 2019/20.

Timely reminder of screening data submission deadlines

Important information for local screening providers on how and when they need to validate and submit key performance indicator (KPI) and screening standards data.

What you told us about our inequalities strategy

Our survey into the effectiveness of the PHE Screening inequalities strategy highlighted lots of good practice and suggestions for improvements.

Newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) screening

Call for experts in neonatal/infant ophthalmology or paediatric genito urinary medicine

The NIPE screening programme is looking for experts in the field of neonatal/infant ophthalmology or genito urinary medicine.

Sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) screening

Improving timely access to SCT screening — a personal account

Early access to SCT screening is important in giving time to women and couples to consider their options. Here's an account of how a team in Essex improved things for local women.

Sharing best practice to improve early access to SCT screening

Early access to SCT screening is important in giving time to women and couples to consider their options. Performance varies across the country, so we are sharing some best practice tips and a new checklist tool.

Sickle cell disease in childhood: standards and recommendations for clinical care — consultation now open

We are working with the Sickle Cell Society to update the Sickle Cell Disease in Childhood: Standards and guidelines for clinical care. We want you to tell us your views.

PHE Screening blogs

PHE Screening blogs provide up to date news from all NHS screening programmes. You can register to receive updates direct to your inbox, so there’s no need to keep checking for new blogs. If you have any questions about this blog article, or about population screening in England, please contact the PHE screening helpdesk.

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  1. Comment by Helen Seignior posted on

    Please can we have an update on the inclusion of pulse oximetry in the NHS newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) screening programme?
    I keep checking but I have not been able to find any news on this.

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      Comment by Jill Walker posted on

      Dear Helen

      Thank you for your question.

      The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) discussed the findings of the newborn pulse oximetry screening pilot and evaluation at their meeting in February and the minutes of the meeting are available online.

      The UK NSC agreed that although the evidence thus far does not meet the criteria for a screening programme, a public consultation should be carried out.

      Further information about the consultation to include pulse oximetry as an additional test in the newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) screening programme is available online.

      Comments should be submitted to by Friday 9 August 2019. All responses will be published after the UK NSC makes its final recommendation.

      Kind regards

      Jill Walker, Programme Manager - NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Screening Programme