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Screening Programmes Part 1: Pregnancy and Newborn course for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
NHS England, Healthy Child Programme, eLH

This session will describe and discuss the following three NHS antenatal and newborn screening programmes: screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia; newborn blood spot screening; and screening for infections in pregnancy.

Learning objectives

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

  • Describe the appropriate care pathway for each of the screening programmes, including the optimum times for testing
  • Describe the basic aetiology of the conditions being screened for
  • Discuss the rationale behind each of the screening programmes
  • Identify the possible screening outcomes for each condition

The aims of antenatal and newborn screening are to detect health problems in the mother and/or newborn. The screening tests can help the parents to make informed choices about care or treatment of the mother and newborn. The aim of antenatal screening is to facilitate informed decision-making in relation to the care of the mother. The aim of newborn screening is to detect health problems early and to ensure affected children receive appropriate care as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following HCP session:

  • 11_01 Overview and Principles of Screening (402-0070)
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.

Screening Programmes Part 1: Pregnancy and Newborn course for Medical Doctors
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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