Screening identifies apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition, enabling earlier treatment or informed decisions.
National population screening programmes are implemented in the NHS on the advice of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), which makes independent, evidence-based recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries.
Public Health England (PHE) advised the government and the NHS so England had safe, high quality screening programmes that reflect the best available evidence and the UK NSC recommendations. PHE also developed standards and provided specific services that helped the local NHS implement and run screening services consistently across the country.
PHE closed on 30 September 2021 and this blog is no longer updated. Find out more about the implications for health screening in our Changes ahead for the national screening system blog article.
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