Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening: clinical guidance

Information for healthcare professionals providing the NHS infectious diseases in pregnancy screening (IDPS) programme.

These documents explain the procedures for providing NHS infectious diseases in pregnancy screening (IDPS) in England, to ensure your services meet the national standards.

Care pathways

See the typical care pathway for pregnant women screened for infectious diseases in pregnancy.

Service specifications

Use the national service specifications in conjunction with these documents, to ensure service consistency in England.


The national quality assurance team uses key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the performance of the antenatal and newborn screening programmes. To ensure that all women receive an equitable screening experience you should follow the KPIs and standards for each programme.

IDPS programme guidance

IDPS leaflets for screen positive women

These leaflets explain important issues for women with HIV, hepatitis B or syphilis, to help explain their screening result. Healthcare professionals and women can refer to these leaflets to learn about the conditions and to discuss their result and follow-on care.

  1. Hepatitis B: explaining the screening result
  2. HIV: explaining the screening result
  3. Syphilis: explaining the screening result

IDPS letter templates

Published 2 March 2016
Last updated 25 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. New 2016 to 2017 IDPS programme handbook and updated 2016 to 2017 IDPS laboratory handbook uploaded
  2. Added leaflets explaining the screening results for hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis.
  3. First published.