Public Health England’s population screening information and resources have now been brought together on GOV.UK.
GOV.UK now contains content covering the national screening programmes, implemented in England on the advice of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), which offer antenatal, newborn, young person and adult screening. Cancer screening content will be added over the next few months.
The content, which moved from the old UK screening portal and NHS screening programme websites, includes:
- the role and function of the UK NSC, the independent advisory body that makes recommendations to the 4 UK governments on population screening
- general information about population screening and quality assurance that is relevant to all the programmes
- specific information about each of the screening programmes, including standards, data collection and operational information
For more information read the article about these changes on the new PHE Screening blog.
Dr Anne Mackie, Director of the new PHE screening division, (pictured) said:
Over the last few years GOV.UK has become the trusted home of information on all government services and I’m delighted that our screening content is now accessible alongside the other content already available from Public Health England. Everyone who is involved in commissioning or delivering our world class screening programmes now has a single destination for high quality information on screening.
We’ve worked hard over the last 2 years to really listen to what our users said they liked – and didn’t like – about our old websites and have developed new content that they should find more useful than ever before. We’ve slimmed down content where we can, rewritten it to make it clearer and ensured we use consistent definitions and wording.
Importantly, GOV.UK will for the first time provide a one stop shop covering both the cancer and non-cancer screening programmes, making it easier for public health professionals to quickly find what they need to do their jobs.
Published: 1 July 2015
From: Public Health England