We aim to fully review all our publications at least once every 3 years. But we’ve not yet caught up with all our older publications and leaflets. This means some of them still show historic branding and contact details.
Nick Johnstone-Waddell has worked in screening since 2001. He started with the newborn hearing screening programme back when it was still a pilot project and helped to develop the first national screening IT system.
He is now responsible for public and professional information for all the national population screening programmes, including leaflets and online content. He strongly believes in the need for simple, clear information to support informed choice and is always looking for new ways to get our messages across.
Nick’s background is in psychology and mental health research. He lives in Manchester and enjoys long walks with his family and dog.
Blogging is such a good way to open up what different parts of Government are doing and, importantly, to show that Government isn’t a faceless bureaucracy but is made up of people with passion and dedication for what they do.
Screening folk can be a loyal bunch – either that or it’s a difficult discipline to escape from! A colleague of mine recently reached the amazing milestone of working 30 years in screening, making me reflect on my own career.
We always want to improve the blog and make it easier to find the news and articles that are most relevant and interesting to you. That’s why we’ve introduced tags. These are a new way to search the blog quickly and easily.
It’s hard to believe it's a year since the first UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) conference, in December 2015.
PHE Screening had a stand at the Royal College of Midwives' annual conference. It was great to meet loads of people and talk about the work of the antenatal and newborn screening programmes. We even managed to sign up lots …
We’ve often discussed on this blog why screening is always a choice. This means that while many people will want to be screened, some won’t. It is our job to make sure the choice someone makes is the right one for them and acted on appropriately.
I read an interesting article recently. In it, Dr Steven Hatch, a specialist in infectious diseases at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, writes about uncertainty in medicine and why patients – and doctors – need to get better at weighing …
When we transitioned our old websites to GOV.UK last year, there was some content left over for the next phase of work. This was because it required a bit more thought in terms of how to best make it available. …
I must admit that I didn’t sleep very well last Tuesday. I was a little worried about the first UK National Screening Committee stakeholder conference (which I've been helping to organise) at the Oval conference centre the day after. Would …