Newborn hearing screening: supporting publications

Information to support health professionals who provide the NHS newborn hearing screening programme (NHSP).

These documents provide clinical guidance and information for health professionals providing the NHS newborn hearing screening programme (NHSP), and leaflets to provide and discuss with parents.

Information leaflets

Information leaflets are available. Translations, where available, can be downloaded alongside the English leaflets.

Care pathways

See the typical care pathways for newborns screened by the NHS newborn hearing screening programme (NHSP). There are different protocols for well babies, and for those who have spent over 48 hours in SCBU or NICU.

Service specifications

Newborn hearing screening professionals must 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. Following the KPIs and standards for each programme ensures that all women and newborns receive an equitable screening experience.

Programme guidance

Clinical guidance

Data and research

Published 1 April 2013
Last updated 29 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Removed newborn hearing screening information leaflets.

  2. Added newborn hearing screening: care pathways.

  3. Added 2017 to 2018 data report.

  4. First published.