We have a published a new online version of our resource cards, giving information about screening offered in pregnancy and to babies.
Sheila is a team member of the Screening Quality Assurance Service based in the North of England. Sheila works as a clinical advisor for the NHS antenatal and newborn screening programmes.
The aim of quality assurance is to maintain minimum standards and promote continuous improvement in antenatal and newborn screening. This is to ensure that all eligible people have access to a consistent high quality service wherever they live.
Information about replacing our credit card sized collection of plastic resource cards which support midwives in their conversations about screening with women and their families, to facilitate informed choices.
It never ceases to amaze me what we can accomplish when we get the right people in the room. Around 50 delegates from the Screening quality Assurance Service (SQAS) North and Screening and Immunisation Teams (SITs) in the region along with Jane Woodland, Regional Head of QA Midlands and East, and newborn blood spot (NBS) laboratory directors attended a recent away day event.
My days are very varied working for the Screening Quality Assurance Service (SQAS) team across the North of England, with lots of travelling involved.
In our last FASP blog we looked at the ‘twice on the couch’ guidance for the first trimester combined test. We now want to raise awareness of the gestational age parameters for both the first and second trimester screening. We continue to emphasise the best …
Parents in the North West can be more confident than ever that their newborn baby will be screened for a number of serious conditions after around 40 screening link health visitors (SLHVs) were given access to the newborn blood spot …
The screening quality assurance service (SQAS) is responsible for assuring the quality of all NHS screening programmes. An important aspect of this role is to ensuring that learning from screening incidents is shared among all local screening providers.
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The PHE Screening team
Public Health England (PHE) provides support and advice to the NHS-led national screening programmes. These programmes identify apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition, enabling earlier treatment and informed decisions. PHE also hosts the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) secretariat and supports the work of the committee.
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