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.

Conditions are reviewed against evidence review criteria according to the UK NSC’s evidence review process.

Read a complete list of UK NSC recommendations.

View the UK NSC’s code of practice.



  • Professor Bob Steele (Director of Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening, University of Dundee)

Vice Chair

  • Dr Graham Shortland (Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in Inherited Metabolic Diseases, Children’s Hospital for Wales, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff)


  • Claire Bailey (Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist, Breast Screening, SW London Breast Screening Service)
  • Professor Roger Brownsword (School of Law, King’s College London)
  • Dr Louise Bryant (Associate Professor in Medical Psychology, University of Leeds)
  • 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 (Deputy Director of the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme, University of Edinburgh)
  • 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 Jim McMorran (GP, Coventry)
  • Mrs Margaret Powell (patient and public voice)
  • Dr Anne-Marie Slowther (Reader in Clinical Ethics, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick)

Four country representatives

  • Dr Carol Beattie (Senior Medical Officer, Northern Ireland)
  • Dr Morwenna Carrington (Deputy Head of Health Protection and Health Security, Emergency Preparedness and Health Protection)
  • Dr Heather Payne (Consultant Paediatrician, Senior Medical Officer for Maternal and Child Health, Welsh Government)
  • Dr Sue Payne (National Screening Programmes, Scottish Government)


  • Nimisha De Souza (Screening Policy Manager, Health Protection Policy, DHSC)
  • Dr Nick Hicks (National Co-ordinating Centre for HTA)


  • Professor 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 and Social Care (DHSC) 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:

  • Wednesday 15 July 2020
  • Wednesday 28 October 2020

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 UK government web archive.

Reference groups

The Fetal, Maternal and Child Health Group and the Adult Reference Group advise 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 implementation and improvement of screening programmes. This includes cross-cutting and programme specific issues.

Fetal, Maternal and Child Health Group membership

  • Dr Sharon Hillier, Chair (Acting Director, Screening Division, Public Health Wales)
  • Professor Helen Bedford (Professor of Child Health, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health)
  • Dr Felicity Boardman (Assistant Professor, Medicine, Ethics and Society, University of Warwick)
  • Ms Jane Fisher (patient and public voice)
  • Dr Robin Lachmann (Consultant in Metabolic Medicine, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Dr Peter McEwan (Consultant Neonatologist, Poole Hospital)
  • Dr Anne Procter (Clinical Board Director, Cardiff and Vale UHB)
  • Dr Oliver Rivero-Arias (Senior Health Economist at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health and Associate Professor of Health Economics at the University of Oxford)
  • Dr Mark Sharrard (Paediatrician, Sheffield Children’s Hospital)
  • Professor Basky Thilaganathan (Consultant Obstetrician, St Georges Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

Adult Reference Group membership

  • Dr Ros Given-Wilson, Chair (Consultant Radiologist, St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Dr Natalie Armstrong (Associate Professor in Social Science Applied to Health, University of Leicester)
  • Dr Sunil Bhanot (GP)
  • Professor Frank Carey (Clinical Lead, Department of Pathology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School)
  • Dr Jennifer Darnborough (Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Lanarkshire Headquarters)
  • Peter Garrett (patient and public voice)
  • Professor Allan Hackshaw (Deputy Director Cancer Research UK, UCL Cancer Trails Centre, University College London)
  • Professor Steve Halligan (Professor of Gastrointestinal Radiology, University College London)
  • Jim Hitchman (patient and public voice)
  • Alexandria Moseley (patient and public voice)
  • Mr David Nuttall (National Laboratory Quality Assurance Lead, National Screening Service, Ireland)
  • Professor Tracey Roberts (Professor of Health Economics, University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Sian Taylor-Phillips (Associate Professor of Screening and Test Evaluation)

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.

The Generation genome and the opportunities for screening programmes report briefly defines genome sequencing and how, by improving our understanding of genetic activity, we can determine how best to use genetics in screening.


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