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What we blogged about in February 2020

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Here is a round-up of each and every Public Health England (PHE) screening blog post published in February 2020. There were 15 in total.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening

Changes to AAA screening technician reaccreditation

The way screening technicians’ scanning competence is tested is changing.

Breast screening

Radiographer recommends taking on role of director of screening

One consultant radiographer’s experience taking on the role of director of screening.

Making breast screening more accessible: views from British-Pakistani women

Researchers at the University of Manchester interviewed women from underserved populations to hear what the main barriers to attending breast screening were for them.

Bowel screening

Rolling out the new bowel cancer test kit via video

Bowel cancer testing made easier.

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The new instruction video makes it easier for people to test for bowel cancer

Cervical screening

New cervical screening guidance on call and recall administration published

We have published new guidance on administration good practice in the call and recall service.

Diabetic eye screening

World Health Organization recognises achievements of diabetic eye screening programme

Find out how the world vision report highlights the DES programme’s contribution to a reduction in treatable diabetic retinopathy.

Raising diabetic eye screening uptake in the LGBT community

Read about work on engaging the LGBT community in diabetic eye screening.

Fetal anomaly screening

CVS and aminocentesis leaflet updated and published in HTML

We have updated our chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis: information for parents resource and now published it in digital HTML format.

General information

Working together to tackle cancer screening inequalities in London

The Healthy London Partnership has been focusing on tackling health inequalities, including those in cancer screening.

Second quarterly KPI data for 2019 to 2020 published

We have published the second set of quarterly key performance indicator (KPI) data for the 2019 to 2020 year.

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We have created a new checklist aiming to reduce avoidable repeats of blood spot tests

Newborn blood spot (NBS) screening

New checklist to reduce avoidable repeat tests

Find out how we’re working on avoiding repeat newborn blood spot screening tests, one maternity service at a time.

New standards for newborn blood spot screening

We have published revised standards and they will be implemented from 1 April.

Sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) screening

The importance of genetic counselling in sickle cell and thalassemia screening

An antenatal and newborn screening coordinator discusses the benefits of attending a genetic risk assessment and haemoglobinopathy counselling course.

SCT screening programme offering free study days

Find out how to register for an SCT screening programme update or specialist counsellor update.

Guyanese doctor inspired by NHS SCT screening programme

Read about how one doctor was inspired after learning about sickle cell and thalassaemia screening.

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