The UK National Screening Committee and NHS Screening Programmes have become part of Public Health England, an executive agency of the Department of Health.
Public Health England has been established to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and to reduce inequalities. It will lead on the development of a 21st-century health and wellbeing service, supporting local authorities and the NHS to deliver the greatest possible improvements in public health. It came into being in April 2013. For all corporate information please see www.gov.uk/phe
The NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) Programme was established by the UK National Screening Committee to promote improvements and consistency in the newborn and infant physical examinations. You can read the NIPE Programme's mission statement by clicking here.
The national Programme includes a core team of experienced healthcare professionals responsible for implementing the competencies and standards. The core team is supported by a number of regional antenatal and newborn screening coordinators who help to cascade information to healthcare professionals interested in, and carrying out, these examinations.
Current priorities for the national Programme team are to:
raise awareness of the Programme, and the need to adhere to national standards and competencies, amongst healthcare professionals and other stakeholders
highlight to local NHS organisations the requirement for robust data capture from the examinations and for monitoring and auditing their service performance as well as how the national NIPE Programme can support them in achieving these things
evaluate work undertaken with local NHS organisations to improve the quality, timeliness and consistency of the newborn examinations.
More about the programme
Watch an introduction to the programme from Dr David Elliman, Clinical Director.