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Programmes

 

1. Screening programmes across the UK

While the UK National Screening Committee makes UK-wide policies, it is up to each part of the UK to determine when, and how, to put those policies into practice.

This means that there will be some differences in what screening services will be available depending on whether you live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. See the comparison table below for more information.

The UK Screening Portal has been developed in collaboration with the providers of health services across the whole of the UK. These organisations are listed below. Click on a logo to go to their website.

England

NHS England

Northern Ireland

Scotland

NHS Scotland

Wales

NHS Wales

 

2. UK comparison chart

The table below shows which programmes have been implemented in each country.

Click on one of the programme names to see a more detailed comparison of how screening has been implemented in each UK country.

Click on an entry in the table to find out more about screening in a particular country.

 

England

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

Antenatal and newborn

 

 

 

 

Down's Syndrome yes no yes yes *

Fetal Anomaly Ultrasound Scan

yes

yes *

yes

yes

Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy

yes

yes

yes

yes

Antenatal Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia

yes

no

yes

yes

Newborn and Infant Physical Examination

yes

yes

yes *

yes

Newborn Blood Spot

yes

yes *

yes

yes *

Newborn Hearing Screening

yes

yes

yes

yes

Young person and adult

 

 

 

 

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

yes

no **

no **

yes

Diabetic Retinopathy

yes

yes

yes

yes

Breast Cancer

yes

yes

yes

yes

Cervical Cancer

yes

yes

yes

yes

Bowel Cancer

yes

yes

yes

yes

Table updated on 25 June 2012.

* There are some variations in what is offered by these programmes in each country. Please see the programme comparison charts (by clicking on the programme name) for more details.

** These programmes are currently in preparatory stages.

English related programmes

There are also several English programmes, which while not being UK NSC-approved systematic population screening programmes, may be of interest. These are Prostate Cancer Risk Management, Chlamydia screening and the NHS Health Check (for vascular risk). Find out more on the English Related Programmes page.

 

Links

 
icon   Antenatal screening stories on Healthtalkonline

Watch interviews with a number of women and couples about their experiences of antenatal screening.

 
 
icon   Cancer screening on Healthtalkonline

Patient experiences of cancer and cancer screening.

 
 
icon   NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

Find out more about the breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening programmes.

 
 
icon   Health for All Children book

How the health of children can best be protected and promoted, with a number of chapters on screening.

 
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