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We need your help to make fetal anomaly screening information accessible

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Over the past year, Public Health England (PHE) has been supporting the NHS to provide more screening information to the public digitally rather than using printed leaflets.

This is because:

  • it’s part of the government’s ‘digital by default’ commitment
  • we want to meet public expectations for digital information
  • digital information can be more engaging and better tailored to the individual
  • it’s easier and quicker to keep up to date
  • we can save money that could be better used elsewhere

PHE and NHS England are determined that this approach:

  • will not affect people’s satisfaction with screening programmes
  • will not disadvantage those without internet access, or people with specific information needs
  • is clearly communicated to NHS screening providers, commissioners, stakeholder and patient groups
  • maximises the opportunities of digital methods to expand and improve content, such as using interactive and multimedia content

Take a look at Professor Anne Mackie’s blog about digital opportunities for screening.

With this in mind, the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme team has been working to make sure its professional guidance and information for parents is available in an accessible format. This means transforming our remaining hard copy resources into accessible digital HTML format.

Some local NHS antenatal screening providers use the following 2 publications to support women in their screening choices:

Both these resources are now available both in PDF format and accessible digital HTML format.

We would like to hear from screening providers that still use printed copies of the PDF leaflets to find out:

  • how and when you use them
  • how moving these resources into HTML format might affect your service
  • how we can support you with this change

Please help us by completing this short survey by Friday 7 August so we can make the transition to digital information as smooth as possible.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

We would particularly like antenatal screening co-ordinators and screening support sonographers to complete the survey, but it is also open to any other staff involved in the provision of the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme.

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