Population screening programmes – collection

Fetal anomaly screening: providing services

Information for healthcare professionals providing NHS fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP) screening, to ensure services meet the national standards for England.

These documents explain the procedures for providing the 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly scan and Down’s syndrome screening in England.

Care pathways

See the typical care pathway for pregnant women screened for fetal anomalies or Down’s syndrome available from NHS choices.

Service specifications

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:

  • Number 16: Down’s syndrome

  • Number 17: Fetal anomaly screening

KPIs

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.

Down’s syndrome screening quality assurance support service (DQASS)

Down’s syndrome screening has its own quality assurance process, mandatory for laboratories and sonographers.

Fetal anomaly screening: programme guidance

  1. Fetal anomaly screening programme: standards

    • 1 January 2015
    • Guidance

Fetal anomaly screening: ultrasound scan

  1. Fetal anomaly screening: ultrasound practitioners handbook

    • 1 January 2015
    • Guidance
  2. 18+0 to 20+6 weeks ultrasound scan: tear off pad

    • 1 January 2010
    • Form