NHS population screening: education and training

Resources to support screening professionals in their initial training and continuing professional development (CPD).

Use this guide to:

  • download tools to help explain screening
  • access e-learning
  • access programme specific training
  • sign up for screening training


Most e-learning for the NHS screening programmes is available on the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) website.

Screening programme resources

Read further training information on GOV.UK about the:

Screening timeline

The NHS Screening Timeline is a visual representation of all national screening programmes available in the English NHS.

It sits alongside the antenatal and newborn timeline, which shows optimum times for NHS antenatal and newborn screening tests to take place.

Events and face to face training

PHE Screening works with Health Education England and other educational bodies to deliver events and face to face training.

Warwick health screening module

The Warwick Medical School health screening module looks at how:

  • to determine when screening is an appropriate intervention, through the analysis of ethical, performance and economic issues
  • screening programmes can be effectively monitored and improved

The course is available as a postgraduate award or part of the masters in Public Health programme


PHE Screening is pleased to be able to offer limited funding to support 4 students to undertake the above module in screening.

A core team working in screening will review all applications and inform you of the outcome by email.

Warwick health screening one-day workshop

Warwick University also run a one-day health screening workshop where delegates explore:

  • how we decide to introduce a new screening programme
  • the ethics and economics of screening
  • the quality assurance of programmes.

This workshop is suitable for any staff involved in providing NHS screening programmes. This includes:

  • screening technicians
  • commissioners
  • quality assurance and failsafe staff
  • GPs
  • midwives
  • public health managers
  • practice managers

Screening masterclass

The screening masterclasses are for staff working in public health and commissioning who are responsible for commissioning, managing or delivering national screening programmes for their local populations.

Screening Leads within NHS provider trusts may also find the day of value.

The UK NSC Director of Programmes, Dr Anne Mackie, will often attend for part of the day to answer questions.

Course content

The day sessions include a basic refresher on:

  • what screening is and is not
  • defining a high quality screening service
  • public health skills and tips for commissioning high quality screening programmes
  • how to identify common problems and share experiences
  • the role and remit of the UK National Screening Committee
  • an overview of policy and practice of current NHS screening programmes

The days are interactive and use a mixture of teaching methods, including case studies and practical exercises.

The case studies include:

  • commissioning new services
  • assessing appropriateness and quality of services
  • accountability for screening services
  • managing clinicians and patient expectations.

Places are limited and will be allotted on a first come first served basis. A £48 fee is charged to cover the venue and catering.

Email the course administrator to apply for a place on the screening masterclass

Neonatal and paediatric intensive care units: learning resource

Download the NICU and PICU resource if you work in a:

  • neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • paediatric intensive care unit (PICU)

To support you in ensuring the infants and babies in your care are offered screening in a timely manner, use this self directed tool to:

  • get an overview of screening within the NICU and PICU environment
  • work through scenarios and examples

When you’ve used the resource, make sure to reflect on your learning and use it as evidence of continuing professional development.

Resource cards

Use this pocket sized resource to help:

  • discuss screening with women and their families
  • facilitate informed choices

Student midwife pack

This pack is distributed to all new student midwives at the start of each academic year. It contains information about where to find useful education and training resources, an explanation of recessive inheritance and a copy of the resource cards.

Published 8 December 2017
Last updated 25 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added information about the student midwife pack.
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