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Find the screening information you need on GOV.UK

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Here are some handy tips on finding what you need

For a website that provides hundreds of thousands of documents to millions of people, the challenge for GOV.UK is to make things easy to find. The Government Digital Service (GDS) is constantly working on improvements to how you can search and find your way round the site.

But some users tell us that screening content is sometimes still tricky to find. We update publications regularly, so it's important for you to have access to the latest information on GOV.UK.

We thought we’d put together some hints and tips to help you find that publication you really need.

Finding your way around GOV.UK

Each NHS screening programme has its own page on GOV.UK. There are also pages for some cross-programme topics.

You can find a list of the screening topic pages here. They are:

Each of these pages contains links which group together types of publications, such as ‘professional guidance’ and ‘supporting publications’. They include professional guidance and information leaflets.

Finding a publication

If you are ever still struggling to find what you need using either the pages above or the GOV.UK search function, searching on an internet search engine may give you quick and useful results.

Finding a word or section in a publication

Your internet browser has a built-in search function (usually called ‘find’ or ‘find on page’). You can use this to find a word or phrase on most webpages and documents, apart from PDFs.

If you’re comfortable using keyboard shortcuts, you just need to press <Ctrl> + <F> to open the ‘find’ panel. Otherwise, you can open it from the 'options' or 'settings' section, as in the images below.

The find functions in the Google Chrome (top left), Microsoft Edge (top right) and Internet Explorer (bottom) web browsers

The find function will tell you how many times the word appears on the page (for example, ‘1/6’ would mean it is currently showing you the first instance out of 6 which are on the page). You can scroll through each instance of the word by using the arrows to the right. The word will be highlighted – the current selection in orange, and other instances in yellow.

Finding what has changed in a publication

We use ‘change notes’ to explain the important changes to our publications. This means you do not miss changes and you do not need to waste time reading through an entire document to find small changes or changes that are not relevant to your work. These change notes are built into GOV.UK publication pages.

To see a publication’s change notes:

  1. Either select ‘See all updates’ at the top of the page or scroll down to where the publication date and last updated date are listed.
  2. Select ‘+ show all updates’.
What change notes look like on GOV.UK

The changes are listed in order, from most to least recent. They are relatively brief but will point you to the sections to check.

Getting email updates when something has changed

You can sign up to receive emails telling you about major changes to pages relating to one of the screening topics on GOV.UK.

To do this, just go to the page for the topic you’re interested in and click ‘Get emails for this topic’.

You’ll only get emails about changes which we think you need to know about – you will not get emails about minor corrections. You can choose how often you’d like to receive these emails – at most once a week, at most once a day or every time there’s a major change.

PHE Screening blog

The PHE Screening blog provides 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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