We published our new approach to national screening standards in March this year. Since then the PHE Screening teams have been working hard to convert all the standards for the 11 NHS screening programmes into the common framework.
I can happily, and with some relief, report that the standards with their new common look are now available.
How to find your way around the new format in 4 easy steps:
- Our approach – we now have an overarching section that applies to all screening programmes
- Supporting information – each screening programme has a specific section that gives information about the specific pathway and themes
- The standards – these are the actual standards with definitions, thresholds and information about data collection and reporting
- The screening pathway and themes – a visual screening pathway that shows the screening standards mapped to a specific point and theme on the pathway
We hope that you will find the format easy to use, and that the consistency is especially helpful to those of you who work across more than one programme.
As we were moving the standards over to the new format, we took the opportunity to make some minor tweaks such as:
- Fetal anomaly screening programme: standards – changing some of the terminology in keeping with our approach to use more acceptable language, for example, ‘cases’ to ‘babies’
- Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening: standards – making a minor change to the name of standard 7 (IDPS-S07) to achieve consistency with the other standards
- Sickle cell and thalassaemia screening programme: standards – changing the theme of standard 9 (SCT-S09) from referral to intervention/treatment
- Diabetic eye screening programme: standards – changing the theme of standard 8 (DES-S08) from coverage to uptake, and the theme of standard 13 (DES-S13) from intervention/treatment to diagnosis/intervention
Our next phase of work is to improve how the screening key performance indicators definitions link with the screening standards. We will let you know when we have completed this work.
Lastly, I want to thank all my colleagues in the national screening programmes. This includes data managers and the information, education for professionals, and the public (IEPP) team for their hard work and perseverance in making this work possible.
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