Guidance

Newborn hearing screening programme (NHSP) operational guidance

This guidance supports healthcare professionals and stakeholders delivering and managing newborn hearing screening programmes in England.

Documents

Appendix: equipment log sheets

Appendix: information sheet for parents

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Appendix: aetiology consent form

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Appendix: risk factor questionnaire

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Appendix: ascertaining family history of hearing loss

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Appendix: report of later identified PCHI

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Appendix: SEDQ missing data process

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Appendix: parent satisfaction survey

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Appendix: reports guidance

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Appendix: interactions between English and Welsh hearing screening programmes

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Appendix: local manager mentorship guidance

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Appendix: registering new screeners on e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)

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Appendix: registering a screener without an NHS.net e-mail for e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)

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Appendix: reporting on e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)

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Appendix: NHSP health screener diploma assessment criteria and observation checklists

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Appendix: OSCE candidate checklist

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Appendix: OSCE marking papers

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Details

The NHSP operational guidance provides clinical guidance and other documents to support the delivery of a high-quality screening programme.

This guidance is relevant to all screening programme staff and healthcare professionals involved at any point in the NHSP screening pathway.

This information puts into context the day-to-day working of the local screening programme and includes information about:

  • introductions and key contacts
  • roles, responsibilities and relationships of key NHSP staff and associated professionals
  • initial training and continued professional development including competencies for hearing screening staff
  • governance and performance responsibilities including programme standards, key performance indicators, and managing risks and incidents
  • aetiology input to NHSP and beyond
  • hearing screening equipment specifications and protocols
  • audiology input to NHSP and beyond
  • day to day management of a local NHSP patient pathway
  • the NHSP national IT system
  • reporting local programme performance
Published 1 November 2016
Last updated 4 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Removed contacts database guide appendix which will now be hosted on the IT system resources.
  2. Changes to Chapter 8 – national IT system, including S4H and the customer portal, plus clarification around birth registrations and newborn screening SMaRT IT systems. Updated version of Appendix: Interactions between English and Welsh hearing screening programmes.
  3. Clarification of the 3 scenarios for babies moving from well baby to NICU baby protocol.
  4. Updated information sheet for parents to reflect new General Data Protection Regulation.
  5. Minor change to chapter 6 'patient journey from screen to referral' and section 8.3 NICU protocol. Added missing hyperlinks to chapter 2 'education and training'.
  6. Clarified the importance of the screener diploma in chapter 2.
  7. Made minor changes to chapter 6 ‘Patient journey from screen to referral’ section 8 (screening test) for clarity. Added guidance from the NHSP pages of https://cpdscreening.phe.org.uk to chapter 2 ‘Education and training’ and chapter 3 ‘Roles and responsibilities’.
  8. Updated chapters 2 , 3 and 6.
  9. Updated chapter 2: guidance for newborn hearing screeners competency assessments and the diploma for health screeners qualification. Reviewed chapter 5: added specific information for screening equipment and more detail on completing quality assurance (QA) checks prior to use. Added 'Appendix: equipment log sheet'. Updated 'Appendix: local programme management tasks: QA checks moved from monthly to weekly.
  10. Updated Chapter 3 with the content from the appendix called 'risk-unfilled local manager post'. The appendix has therefore also been removed.
  11. Updated guidance on screening equipment, chapter 5.
  12. Updated the family history diagram in the appendix.
  13. First published.