Screening quality assurance service: operating model

Sets out the role and purpose of PHE's screening quality assurance (QA) service, providing a common approach for all NHS screening programmes.


Operating Model for PHE Screening Quality Assurance Service: 2015/16 to 2017/18

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Quality assurance (QA) is the process of checking that national standards are met and encouraging continuous improvement.

Public Health England (PHE’s) operating model explains:

  • what QA is for NHS screening programmes
  • who undertakes QA of NHS screening programmes
  • the screening quality assurance service (SQAS) operating model
  • who the PHE SQAS works with
  • how the PHE SQAS undertakes QA
  • what the PHE SQAS will achieve over the next 3 years
  • how the screening QA service works
Published 28 May 2015