Public Health England | July 2018 | Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening checks and audits
Public Health England (PHE) has released new guidance which outlines the checks that are needed at each stage to ensure the individual moves seamlessly and safely through the pathway unless they choose not to.
The NHS infectious diseases in pregnancy screening (IDPS) programme aims to:
ensure a high quality, accessible screening programme throughout England;
support people to make informed choices during pregnancy and ensure timely transition into appropriate follow-up and treatment;
promote greater understanding and awareness of the conditions and the value of screening.
The approaches to the prevention of vision/eye conditions and promotion of good visual health for children require very different approaches to those used in adult services | The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
This briefing document will help inform commissioners of the key issues to consider when commissioning services for:
Children with conditions that cause (or may cause) visual impairment (VI), severe visual impairment (SVI) or blindness (BL) (WHO definition i.e. corrected acuity in better eye of LogMAR 0.5 or worse)
Children with common eye conditions that cause (or may cause) unilateral or milder reduction in vision
Children with isolated refractive error alone or those with mild/acute/self-limiting conditions (e.g. conjunctivitis)
This briefing document sets out the themes and issues relevant to commissioning of ophthalmic services for children, on behalf of the Paediatric Sub-committee of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Ammitzbøll, J. et al. BMC Pediatrics. Published: 1 December 2016
Background: Mental health problems are a major public health challenges, and strategies of early prevention are needed. Effective prevention depends on feasible and validated measures of screening and intervention. Previous research has demonstrated potentials for infant mental health screening by community health nurses (CHN) in existing service settings in Denmark. This study was conducted to describe the development of a service setting based measure to screen for infant mental health problems, to investigate problems identified by the measure and assess the validity and feasibility in existing public health settings.
Conclusions: The new measure shows potentials for infant mental health screening. However, further exploration of construct validity and reliability is needed.
The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) finds babies should not be screened for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Image shows nerve in skeletal muscle, showing dystrophin location.
Newborn babies should not be screened for the muscle wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, according to the UK’s independent expert screening committee. The current test available for the condition incorrectly identifies some babies as having the condition and misses others who go on to develop the disease.