Breast screening standards
Healthcare Improvement Scotland are updating
as appropriate its suite of screening standards as part of the
National Screening programme. The
Clinical Standards for Breast Screening, published in
2002 by the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland, have been
identified for review.
The Scottish Breast Screening Programme was
set up over 20 years ago and invites women aged 50 to 70 years to
attend breast screening every three years. A national review was
undertaken in 2012 to ensure the service continued to meet the
needs of women, and continued to provide a “high quality and
Healthcare Improvement Scotland have been
asked by Scottish Government to undertake a review of the Scottish
Breast Screening Programme routine appointment process. The output
of this review may impact and inform the revision of the breast
screening standards (2002). As such, the decision has been taken by
Healthcare Improvement Scotland to pause the revision of the
standards until the review is complete.
We will contact stakeholders in the near
future to inform of new dates for the revision of the breast
For further information on Healthcare
Improvement Scotland’s review of the Scottish Breast Screening
please refer here
The standards document will specify a minimum
level of performance for breast screening services and will
apply to all healthcare organisations and practitioners. The
standards will recognise the role of all service users, their
carers and representatives and the public.
We have developed a scoping report for
the breast screening standards outlining the broad themes for
inclusion within the draft standards document.