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. This includes the Public Health England (PHE) introduction to population screening module, which explains what screening is and how screening programmes are implemented in the NHS. This module does not require registration.

Screening programme resources

Read further training information on GOV.UK about the:

Antenatal and newborn screening timeline

The antenatal and newborn timeline shows optimum times for NHS antenatal and newborn screening tests to take place.

Antenatal and newborn screening timeline

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Warwick health screening module

The Warwick Medical School health screening module looks at:

  • what screening is
  • the different elements that make up a screening programme
  • the work of PHE Screening
  • how to understand and interpret screening tests
  • cost-effectiveness in screening
  • ethics
  • quality
  • how 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.

Further information about the Warwick health screening module is available on the University of Warwick website.


Due to COVID-19, the module that was due to take place in November 2020 has been rescheduled to 17 to 21 May 2021.

PHE Screening will be able to offer limited funded places on the next course via a competitive bursary award process. Funding will be for course fees only.

You can apply for a funded place online. Applications must be submitted by February 1 2021.

Applicants must also apply direct to the University of Warwick for a place on the course.

Warwick health screening one-day workshop

Warwick University also runs 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 fail-safe staff
  • GPs
  • midwives
  • public health managers
  • practice managers

Screening masterclass

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

The masterclasses are also suitable for screening leads within NHS Provider Trusts.

Prof Anne Mackie, PHE Director of Screening, will often attend for part of the day to answer questions from attendees.

Course content

The day sessions include information 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 sessions are interactive and use a variety 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

For more information download: Screening masterclass example agenda (PDF, 186KB, 1 page)

Places are limited. A £48 fee is charged to cover the venue and catering.

Screening masterclass online

The module on screening covers the evaluation and delivery of screening. It is aimed at both new and experienced practitioners.

The module is written by Dr Angela Raffle. It contains useful information and evidence relating to screening, as well as examples of how this can be applied as part of daily practice.

The module, in particular the first 2 chapters, is part of the recommended reading before attending a screening masterclass or Warwick screening course.

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.

Antenatal and newborn screening resource

This interactive presentation replaces the pocket-sized resource cards that PHE used to provide to midwives. It includes important information on all the antenatal and newborn screening programmes, with illustrations and links to films, e-learning and other resources.

Use the resource to:

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

Student midwife pack

This resource was previously distributed in hard copy to all new student midwives at the start of each academic year. We have now made the information electronic in line with ‘digital first’ and to enable content to be up-to-date at all times. It contains links to education and training resources, an explanation of recessive inheritance and a copy of the interactive resource information for midwives to use with women to support informed choice.

Sense about Science has published a useful guide called Making Sense of Screening. This helps people to weigh up the benefits and harms of health-screening programmes. Prof Anne Mackie, PHE Director of Screening, was one of the contributors to the guide.

Published 8 December 2017
Last updated 17 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. Link to online form added for people to apply for the 2021 Warwick health screening module.

  2. Updated the section about the Warwick health screening module with 2021 date.

  3. Replaced NHS screening timeline with new publication and updated information on Warwick health screening course places because applications for funding for 2019 have now closed.

  4. Added information on screening masterclass and e-learning module.

  5. Added deadline date for applying for a bursary for Warwick module funding.

  6. Added details of 'Warwick health screening module' timetable.

  7. Added link to 'Making Sense of Screening' guide on the Sense about Science charity website.

  8. Added information on 'antenatal and newborn screening resource'.

  9. Closing date added for applications for funded places on Warwick screening module.

  10. Added links for Warwick health screening module funding application, course details and timetable.

  11. Added online masterclass resource information.

  12. Added information about the student midwife pack.

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