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1 April 2015 - updated guidance for health professionals

From April 2015, there will be important changes to the FASP service specifications and how the screening services should be commissioned and delivered throughout England.

These changes will be rolled out across England during 2015/16. The following outlines the publications and guidance produced to support these changes:

FASP Standards 2015-16

The updated Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP) Standards.

FASP Handbooks

Handbook for ultrasound practitioners

Handbook for laboratories

First trimester combined screening for Edwards' (T18) and Patau's (T18) syndromes

Women in England will be offered first trimester screening for the rare chromosomal conditions, Edwards' syndrome and Patau’s syndrome (T18/T13). More information can be found on the attached flyer.

The 'Having an early pregnancy scan' tear-off pad that is given to women at the time of their scan has also been updated to incorporate the changes to the first trimester screening offer.

Educational slides have also been developed to support the implementation.

Down's syndrome screening in the second trimester for twin pregnancies using the quadruple test

An information sheet has been developed to support health professionals in explaining this offer to women and what should be discussed.

Educational slides have also been developed to support the implementation.

Addition of Three Vessel and Trachea View (3VT) to fetal cardiac protocol

The addition of the 3VT view is an important change to improve the antenatal detection rate of major heart abnormalities as part of the fetal anomaly scan. The programme will be supporting implementation by rolling out an education and training plan across England. More information can be found on the attached flyer.

These changes are also reflected in the parent leaflet; Screening Tests for You and Your Baby.

 

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