These documents explain the procedures for providing the 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly scan and Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome screening in England.
See the typical screening programme care pathway for pregnant women screened for fetal anomalies or Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome.
Fetal anomaly screening professionals must use the national service specifications, in conjunction with these documents, to ensure service consistency in England.
There are two service specifications for the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme:
KPIs and data submission
The national quality assurance team uses KPIs to measure the performance of the antenatal and newborn screening programmes. Following the KPIs and standards for each programme ensures that all women receive an equitable screening experience.
Data return forms should be completed and submitted anually by maternity units and laboratories.
Down’s syndrome screening quality assurance support service (DQASS)
Down’s syndrome screening has its own quality assurance process, mandatory for laboratories and sonographers.