UK National Screening Committee
The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises ministers and the NHS in the 4 UK countries about all aspects of population screening and supports implementation of screening programmes
Role of the group
The UK NSC advises ministers and the NHS in the 4 UK countries about all aspects of screening and supports implementation of screening programmes.
View the UK NSC’s code of practice.
- Professor Bob Steele (Director of Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening, University of Dundee)
- Dr Sunil Bhanot (GP, Basingstoke)
- Professor Roger Brownsword (School of Law, King’s College London)
- Professor Alan Cameron (Consultant Obstetrician, The Queen Mother’s Hospital, Glasgow)
- Dr Paul Cross (Consultant Cellular Pathologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust)
- Ms Eleanor Cozens (patient and public voice)
- Dr Hilary Dobson (Consultant Radiologist and Clinical Director of the West of Scotland Breast Screening Service and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow)
- Professor Stephen Duffy (Director of the Policy Research Unit in Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis and Professor of Cancer Screening, Centre for Cancer Prevention, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine)
- Professor D Gareth R Evans (Consultant in Genetics Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester)
- Ms Jane Fisher (patient and public voice)
- Ms Hilary Goodman (Midwife, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation)
- Professor Alastair Gray (Director at the Health Economics Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health and Professor of Health Economics at the University of Oxford)
- Dr John Holden (Joint Head of Medical Division, Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland)
- Professor Chris Hyde (Professor of Public Health and Clinical Epidemiology Exeter Test Group and PenTAG, University of Exeter Medical School)
- Dr Greg Irving (Clinical Lecturer in General Practise, University of Cambridge)
- Mrs Margaret Powell (patient and public voice)
- Dr Graham Shortland (Consultant Paediatrician, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales and Executive Medical Director, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, University Hospital for Wales)
Four country representatives
- Dr Anne Kilgallen (Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Northern Ireland)
- Ms Sarah Manson (National Screening Programmes, Scottish Government)
- Dr Heather Payne (Consultant Paediatrician, Senior Medical Officer for Maternal and Child Health, Welsh Government)
- Dr Ailsa Wight (Deputy Director Emergency Preparedness and Health Protection, Department of Health)
- Dr Rosemary Fox (Director of Screening Division, Public Health Wales)
- Dr Nick Hicks (National Co-ordinating Centre for HTA)
- Ms Josephine Taylor (Screening Team, Emergency Preparedness and Health Protection Policy Global and Public Health Group, Department of Health)
- Dr Sue Payne (Public Health, Scottish Government)
- Dr Anne Mackie (Director, PHE Screening)
- Mr John Marshall (Evidence manager, PHE Screening)
- Mr Nick Johnstone-Waddell (Public and professional information lead, PHE Screening)
- Ms Zeenat Mauthoor (Secretariat Expert Committee & DH Policy Liaison Manager, PHE Screening)
Vacancies for UK National Screening Committee members are published on the Department of Health (DH) website.
The UK NSC holds 3 meetings a year to review current decisions and make recommendations on screening programmes. Meetings are usually in February, June and October. They are held in London twice a year, with the June meeting hosted by one of other 3 UK Countries on a rotating basis.
Meetings are due to be held on:
- 8 February 2017
- 23 June 2017
- 25 October 2017
The UK NSC will usually publish draft minutes and a summary of recommendations 6 weeks after the meeting.
Read recent UK NSC meeting minutes and see upcoming agendas.
For minutes from before 2015 please see the national archives website.
Fetal, Maternal and Child Health Reference Group
The Fetal, Maternal and Child Health group (FMCH) advises the UK NSC on issues relating to screening policy in the relevant populations as well as provide a reference group for issues relating to the implementations and improvement of screening programmes. This includes cross cutting and programme specific issues.
- Dr Hilary Angwin, Chair (Public Health Consultant)
- Dr Helen Bedford (University College London)
- Dr Jean Chapple (Health Training Programme Director)
- Dr David Elliman (Great Ormond Street Hospital)
- Ms Jane Fisher (Antenatal Results and Choices)
- Ms Mervi Jokinen (Royal College of Midwives)
- Dr Andrew Morris (Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
- Mr Pranav Pandya (University College London)
- Dr Annie Procter (Consultant in Medical Genetics)
- Professor Basky Thilaganathan (St Georges Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
Terms of reference
The UK NSC is an independent committee that:
- advises Ministers and the NHS in the four UK countries about all aspects of screening including the case for introducing new population screening programmes and for continuing, modifying or withdrawing existing population programmes against a set of internationally recognised criteria
- supports implementation of screening programmes in the four countries including the development of high level standards and maintains oversight of the evidence relating to the balance of good and harm as well as the overall cost effectiveness of existing programmes
- works with partners to ensure it keeps abreast of scientific developments in screening, including screening trials, screening policy in other countries and emerging technologies
- is accountable to the four chief medical officers (CMOs), who agree work plans for the UK NSC on an annual basis
The annual evidence report summarises all the screening recommendations made by the UK NSC during the previous year.
NHS population screening helpdesk
Public Health England Zone B
Floor 2 Skipton House
80 London Road
Contact form http://legacy.screenin...
Helpdesk phone number 020 3682 0890
Please note the helpdesk is not for media enquiries.
The helpdesk and national programmes do not have access to screening results.
Parents: contact your midwife or health visitor for information on screening results.
Health professionals: contact the local screening team, screening laboratory or local child health records department.
UK National Screening Committee Secretariat
Floor 2, Zone B
80 London Road