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.

NHS screening timeline

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Antenatal and newborn screening timeline

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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.

Find further information in the course details and timetable. You can also read a blog by the course tutor.


The funding process for 2018 has now closed, and will open again in late spring 2019.

Please note that you must apply direct to the university for a place on the course at the same time as applying for funding. Being awarded funding is a separate process, and does not guarantee you a place.

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 Public Health England Director of Screening, Prof 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

Screening masterclass online

This comprehensive yet succinct module on screening will help the experienced practitioner to expand their teaching methods, and it will get the novice up to speed on the evaluation and delivery of screening. The first part covers evidence about screening, and the second part comprises 4 further chapters covering skills relating to application of this evidence in daily practice. This module is written by Dr Angela Raffle and is part of the recommended pre-reading prior to attending a screening masterclass and the Warwick screening courses.

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 4 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added link to 'Making Sense of Screening' guide on the Sense about Science charity website.
  2. Added information on 'antenatal and newborn screening resource'.
  3. Closing date added for applications for funded places on Warwick screening module.
  4. Added links for Warwick health screening module funding application, course details and timetable.
  5. Added online masterclass resource information.
  6. Added information about the student midwife pack.
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