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NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP)

About

The NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP) offers screening to all eligible pregnant women in England to assess the risk of the baby being born with Down’s, or Edwards’/Patau’s syndromes or a number of fetal anomalies (structural abnormalities of the developing fetus).

NHS FASP aims to ensure there is equal access to uniform and quality-assured screening across England and women are provided with high quality information so they can make an informed choice about their screening and pregnancy options.

Education and training resources are available for staff covering all stages of the process, from informing women of test availability, through to understanding and supporting their decisions.

Screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndrome

The `Screening for Down`s, Edwards` and Patau`s syndromes` e-learning module is a training resource for all practitioners involved in the support and delivery of the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (NHS FASP) in England. NHS FASP recommend that all health professionals involved in offering screening for Down`s, Edwards` and Patau`s syndromes complete this resource every 24 months.

The new e-learning resource explores many of the different and often difficult decisions women make and the possible impact of those decisions.

It features film sequences and interactive aspects, which share learning and illustrate important issues. There is a quiz at the end of each unit.

A certificate will be provided on successful completion.

Read a brief description of each unit within this module:  

Unit 1 About the NHS FASP Screening Programme

About the remit of the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme and the importance of understanding each other’s role in the screening pathway

Unit 2 About the conditions 

About Down`s Edwards` and Patau`s syndromes, the possible effects on the family of having a baby with one of the conditions and where further information can be found

Unit 3 Decision making, choices and dilemmas

About  the importance of providing women with high quality information so they understand their choices about whether or not to have screening for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes

Unit 4 First trimester screening

About the timing, benefits and limitations of first trimester combined screening 

Unit 5 Second trimester screening master

About the timing, benefits and limitations of second trimester quadruple screening

Unit 6 Completing the screening test request form

About the importance of providing accurate and complete information when filling in the screening  test request form, and the

Implications of providing incomplete or inaccurate information

Unit 7 Screening in twin pregnancies

About the complexities associated with screening in twin pregnancies and the differences between first and second trimester screening in twin pregnancies  

Unit 8 Understanding and explaining the results 

About how individuals interpret risk, how to explain risk to women and the possible outcomes of screening

Unit 9 Options and choices after receiving a higher risk result

About how to support a woman who has received a higher risk result and The offer of diagnostic tests for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes in singleton and twin pregnancies

Unit 10 Achieving quality

About the important components underpinning the provision of a high quality screening service

Nuchal translucency

The Nuchal Translucency (NT) e-learning module is a training resource for all practitioners involved in support and delivery of NHS FASP Down's, Edwards` and Patau`s screening in the NHS in England.

NHS FASP recommend that all sonographers involved in offering screening for Down`s, Edwards` and Patau`s syndromes complete this resource every 24 months. It allows learning to be evidenced and promotes informed choice for women and their families regarding screening.

A certificate will be provided on completion.

Read a brief description of each unit within this module:  

Unit 1 Introduction

About how screening is performed and the theory of the combined screening test

Unit 2 Combined screening process

About the process: including accuracy, declines, timings, `vanished` twin and pregnancies previously affected by Downs`, Edwards` or Patau`s syndromes.

Unit 3 Combined screening - test results

About women`s choices following a lower and higher risk results

Unit 4 Measuring the Crown Rump Length (CRL)

About why accurate CRL measurement is important

Unit 5 Measuring the Nuchal Translucency (NT)

About the technique for obtaining accurate NT measurement

Unit 6 Measuring CRL and NT - challenges

About the challenges that sonographers may face, including  fetal lie, fibroids, maternal habitus, bowel gas, retroverted uterus and nuchal cord

Unit 7 Getting the most from your ultrasound equipment

Some useful suggestions on how to optimise the image to achieve high quality NT measurements

Unit 8 Fetal anomaly

About recognising normal fetal anatomy and common abnormalities that can be identified on first trimester scans

18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly ultrasound scan resource

The 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly ultrasound scan e-learning resource is a training resource for all practitioners involved in the support and delivery of NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (NHS FASP) 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly screening in England.

The overall aim of the resource is to enable practitioners to make the offer of the 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly ultrasound scan, understand the purpose and scope of the scan, and to explain the results to women.

Each unit includes a quiz at the end so that you can test your own knowledge. The resource features dynamic film sequences which demonstrate shared learning and illustrate important issues.

A certificate will be provided on completion.

Read a brief description of each unit within this module:  

Unit 1 About NHS FASP

About the overall remit of the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme and the purpose of the of the 18+0to 20+6 week fetal anomaly scan

Unit 2 Individual choice and decision making

About the importance of providing women with high quality information so they can make an informed choice about the 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly scan 

Unit 3 Maximising the woman's experience of the scan

About preparing the woman before the scan by explaining its purpose and communicating effectively with all members of the multi-professional team

Unit 4 About the scan: the detail

About the 11 auditable conditions that are specifically screened for and the limitations of the scan

Unit 5 Responding to the scan results

About the possible outcomes of the scan and how to support women in these outcomes

Unit 6 Achieving quality

About the important components underpinning the provision of a high quality screening service

Fetal cardiac

The fetal cardiac e-learning resource is a training resource primarily for sonographers involved in the delivery of NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP) 18+0 to 20+6 week ultrasound screening in the NHS in England.

The module covers the new three vessel trachea view (3VT) and reviews the existing four FASP cardiac views.

A certificate will be provided on successful completion.

Read a brief description of each unit within this module:  

Unit 1 Anatomy of the heart

A 3D animation of the external appearance of the fetal heart, the heart structures and the great vessels

Unit 2 Undertaking ultrasonography

About a systematic approach to establishing laterality,  situs, four chamber view, left ventricular outflow tract view, right ventricular outflow tract view or three vessel view and three vessel trachea view

Unit 3 Review questions and answers

10 randomised questions about the contents of the cardiac e-learning module.

Unit 4 Image optimisation (machine settings)

About ensuring  the best possible image resolution selecting the correct machine settings during the assessment of the fetal heart

 

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