We are delighted to publish the first antenatal screening data report. Antenatal screening covering 17 different conditions is offered to approximately 700,000 pregnant women in England every year.
The report includes data collected from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 on screening standards.
They include 9 standards for the NHS fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP), 7 for the NHS infectious diseases in pregnancy screening programme (IDPS) and 9 for the NHS sickle cell and thalassaemia screening (SCT) programme. They also include those that are key performance indicators (KPIs).
Teamwork at its best
For us in PHE Screening, this required the 3 antenatal screening programme teams, the data team, quality assurance and our publications and information teams to work together. It was teamwork at its best.
Following the screening pathway
In the past, there were 3 separate data reports for these programmes. However, when we gave it some thought, we decided it would be more meaningful to follow the screening pathway, as the woman experiences screening as one journey. We hope you like the new format and find it easier to use.
- follows the screening pathway
- focuses on data quality and completeness
- shows high coverage of antenatal screening
- brings together data from various sources and shows our collaborative work with the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service
- makes 24 recommendations
We know this report would not be possible without the hard work of the staff who work in the screening services in the NHS. We appreciate that it is not always an easy task submitting the data that we ask for.
Thank you for all that you do to enable us to have one of the best screening services in the world.
We encourage you to read the report and act where recommendations are relevant to your work.
For us, we are now working on the 2018 to 2019 report and will publish that soon. We have already seen improvements, so please look forward to that report with anticipation.
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