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Ensuring Quality: Role of the UK NSC, Policy Development, Review and Quality Assurance course for General Practitioners

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
NHS England, Healthy Child Programme, eLH

This sessions offers you an understanding of how screening programmes are chosen and how their quality is assured.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Explain how screening policy is developed and applied in the UK
  • Outline the UK National Screening Committee approaches for programme policy review
  • Define the principles underpinning quality assurance of screening programmes
  • Apply these principles to the quality assurance of local neonatal and child screening programmes

This session takes you along the journey of a screening programme from initial policy making to quality assurance of programmes at local and national level.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete:

  • Session Screening/Overview and Principles of Screening
  • Session Screening/Screening Programmes Part 1: Pregnancy and Newborn
  • Session Screening/Screening Programmes Part 2: Newborn to Preschool
Instructors / Speakers
Joanne Harcombe,
National Education Lead, UK NSC screening programmes (England)

Jo Harcombe [MA, BA (Hons), DPSM, RM, RN] is currently the National Education Lead to the UK NSC screening programmes (England). This role covers the non-cancer screening programmes for England and ensures delivery of a cross-programme, multidisciplinary education strategy that supports NHS staff, commissioners and education institutes. Jo chairs several groups across the UK NSC and is a representative for the UK NSC across several organisations and stakeholder groups.

Prior to commencing this role Jo worked as a clinical midwife and senior lecturer in midwifery and women’s health and led several education projects related to clinical governance/risk management. Jo started working for the UK NSC in 2001 as a Regional Screening Coordinator for the North East region, and took on the education remit in 2002 part-time and full-time in 2004.

Jo’s Masters Degree is in Educational Leadership and her dissertation explored the use of ‘distributed leadership’ in the NHS as a means of securing sustainable professional education for screening.

Ensuring Quality: Role of the UK NSC, Policy Development, Review and Quality Assurance course for General Practitioners
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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