Each NHS screening programme has a defined care pathway. The pathways show how the individual undergoing screening moves from one stage of the pathway to the next. Checks are needed at each stage to ensure the individual moves seamlessly and safely through the pathway unless they choose not to.
If these checks are not in place there is a risk that an individual does not complete the pathway or the pathway is delayed unnecessarily. Quality assurance of screening programmes includes checking these failsafe procedures are in place and operating effectively.
The guidance covers:
NHS abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) programme
NHS diabetic eye screening (DES) programme
NHS fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP)
NHS infectious diseases in pregnancy screening (IDPS) programme
NHS newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) screening programme
NHS newborn blood spot (NBS) screening programme
NHS newborn hearing screening programme (NHSP)
NHS sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) screening programme