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Screening Quality Assurance Service

Managing safety incidents: guidance update

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We expect local screening services to use our guidance on Managing Safety Incidents in the NHS Screening Programmes if they think they have a safety incident or serious incident. It’s relevant to all 11 national population screening programmes. This new version replaces the previous one from October 2015.

Updated templates for antenatal and newborn KPI data collection

Image of the template for Child Health Information Systems.

Today we published the key performance indicator (KPI) templates for the first quarter of 2017 to 2018. This covers the period 1 April to 30 June 2017. Data collection is from maternity services and child health information systems (CHIS).

London QA staff engage with AAA screening providers at regional workshop

The national and regional Screening Quality Assurance Service (SQAS) works with screening providers to make sure quality standards are met and to support the management of incidents in a timely manner.

A failsafe officer is for life, not just for Christmas

I’m the antenatal and newborn screening coordinator at Northampton General Hospital. That means I’m responsible for making sure we offer and carry out all antenatal and newborn screening tests  correctly for mothers and babies in our care.

EQA (external quality assessment) in cervical screening: what's it all about?

The breast, bowel and cervical screening programmes require consultant pathologists and other specialist laboratory staff to take part in ‘external quality assessment’ or EQA. But what is EQA exactly?

Screening key performance indicators: publication of 2015 to 2016 annual data

We have published the annual data for the non-cancer screening key performance indicators (KPIs) for the 2015 to 2016 screening year (1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016).

Networking, national updates and shared learning at London antenatal and newborn screening forum

The London Screening Quality Assurance Service (SQAS) team held a successful forum for screening coordinators and heads of midwifery from all London maternity units.

Down’s syndrome Quality Assurance Support Service (DQASS): the more you know the simpler it gets

I attended an excellent workshop held by the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP) to inform new laboratory and screening division staff about the Down’s syndrome Quality Assurance Support Service (DQASS). The presentations from the workshop are included below.