June 2017 was a month to remember for a variety of reasons. All government publications were put on hold during the election period, so the PHE Screening blog team was silenced for a while.
The Level 3 Diploma for Health Screeners is now a requirement for all non-clinical screening staff in the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), diabetic eye (DES) and newborn hearing (NHSP) programmes.
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.
More than 80% of trusts in England are now using the NIPE SMART IT system for recording information relating to the NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).
Nationally and locally we aim to make sure screening is equitable and accessible to all eligible populations, which is why we’ve published 7 new audio versions of national patient information screening leaflets.
We have published new information that describes the checks and audits that are needed for the sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) screening pathway.
I try to do the best I can for every baby and mother I see each day, so that any baby who may have a hearing loss is picked up early and can receive the treatment and support they need.
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.
Cervical screening saves an estimated 5,000 lives a year by detecting abnormalities of the cervix early and referring women for effective treatment.
Last year, PHE Screening launched the level 3 Diploma for Health Screeners for non-professionally regulated staff working in the diabetic eye and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programmes.