NHS Screening Programmes - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the NHS Screening programmes

These e-learning modules support the training of healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of the NHS Screening Programmes in England.

Each module includes an assessment with a set pass percentage. When you have completed a module you can print off a certificate for your records.

There are 11 NHS Screening programmes:

Antenatal and newborn

  • NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP)

  • NHS Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy Screening (IDPS) programme

  • NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) Screening Programme

  • NHS Newborn Blood Spot (NBS) Screening Programme

  • NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP)

  • NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia (SCT) Screening Programme

Young person and adult

  • NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme

  • NHS Diabetic Eye Screening (DES) Programme

  • NHS Bowel Cancer Screening (BCSP) Programme

  • NHS Breast Screening (BSP) Programme

  • NHS Cervical Screening (CSP) Programme

What is screening?

Screening is the process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. The NHS offers screening to defined groups of people, such as newborn babies or 65 year-old men. It is only offered if evidence shows that it will do more good than harm to most people.  The screening provider (often an NHS Trust) will offer information, the screening test and any further tests and treatment. Screening can prevent illness, keep people healthier or reduce the risks or complications of the condition.

For example, newborn hearing screening aims to identify babies with hearing loss early enough to provide skilled support for communication and language development. Screening 65 men for abdominal aortic aneurysms saves lives by enabling them to have surgery to prevent their aorta bursting.

Antenatal screening can be to offer reproductive choice and information rather than treatment.

‘Population screening’ is a term used by Public Health England (PHE) to differentiate the national screening programmes, which offer screening to large populations of people, from other types of screening (such as MRSA screening on admission to hospital).

GOV.UK has lots of information about population screening for professionals. NHS Choices provides information for the public.

  • UK National Screening Committee

  • Leading and providing the national screening programmes

  • Screening as a sieve

  • Personalised informed choice

  • Keeping up to date

Antenatal and Newborn programmes: cross programme learning


Modules to be completed by healthcare professionals working in the NHS Screening Programmes.

The Antenatal and Newborn Screening e-learning module

The Antenatal and Newborn Screening e-learning module is a flexible cross-programme training resource for all health care professionals and students involved in antenatal and newborn screening in the NHS in England.

It enables learning to be evidenced and promotes informed choice for patients and their families regarding screening.

Crown Copyright 2017.  These are not covered by the Open Government Licence.

Contact the helpdesk phe.screeninghelpdesk@nhs.net with any enquiries.

Read a brief description of each unit within this module:

  • Unit 1 Screening and informed choice

  • Unit 2 Screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia

  • Unit 3 Infectious diseases in pregnancy

  • Unit 4 Screening for Trisomy 21, 18 and 13 (Down’s Edwards’s and Patau’s syndrome

  • Unit 5 Fetal Anomaly 18+0 to 20+6 weeks ultrasound Scan

  • Unit 6 Newborn Blood Spot

  • Unit 7 Newborn and Infant Physical Examination

  • Unit 8 Newborn Hearing

  • Unit 9 Antenatal Diagnostic Testing

  • Unit 10 Assessment

Quality assurance in NHS screening

NHS Screening Programmes each have a defined set of standards for providers to meet to ensure that services are safe and effective. Quality assurance (QA) is the process of checking that these standards are met and encouraging continuous improvement.

The modules in this section are for healthcare professionals to use to ensure screening services are of a high quality.

Key performance indicators (KPI): Antenatal coverage

The aims of this resource are to help you understand:

  • the meaning of coverage
  • why monitoring and reporting coverage is important
  • that KPIs are not simply a data collection exercise but that each number relates to an individual woman going through the screening pathway
  • how to achieve complete and timely KPI submissions
  • how to improve the data quality

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.


If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the NHS Screening continued professional development programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

Latest updates

This page sets out any updates that have been made to e-learning units for the NHS Screening Programmes.

It details what these changes mean and if it is recommended for users to retake the unit.

Unit name Changes Date Recommendation
 Cervical sample taker e-learning resource New course added  26/09/2017  Nationally approved resource designed to meet the requirements of mandatory three year update training for cervical sample takers.
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