Revision of the clinical standards for pregnancy and newborn screening

The National Services Division (NSD) commissions a number of screening programmes in Scotland including pregnancy and newborn screening. The pregnancy and newborn screening services programme identifies pregnant women and babies who may have rare but serious conditions. Early treatment can improve their health and prevent severe disability or even death.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland supports NHSScotland’s screening programmes through developing new or, where appropriate, revising existing standards or indicators.

At the request of NSD and the Scottish Government, we are beginning the process to revise the clinical standards for pregnancy and newborn screening.

Standards scope

The standards document will specify a minimum level of performance for pregnancy and newborn screening services and will apply to all screening services services in Scotland, where directly provided by an NHS board or secured on behalf of an NHS board.

This will include but is not limited to:

  • hospitals
  • laboratories
  • prisons
  • and long-stay institutions.

Scoping report

We have developed a scoping report outlining the:

  • areas for inclusion and exclusion
  • population and settings the standards will apply to
  • key evidence sources, and
  • the proposed development group membership.

Share your views

This consultation has now closed.

Standards development group

This group will oversee the development when revising the clinical standards for pregnancy and newborn screening. If you are interested in becoming part of this group then please get in touch.

Published Date: 31 October 2016