Are there any teaching resources available on the newborn blood spot screening programme?
A fantastic e-learning resource (generic antenatal and newborn) is available from the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC)'s Continuing Professional Development for Screening (CPD) website.
There is also an Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes student midwife pack available.
Resources on blood spot sampling include the Once is enough leaflet, which was developed to address issues that relate to sample quality, and the Guidelines for Newborn Blood Spot Sampling.
To support the revised Guidelines for Newborn Blood Spot Sampling, the UKNSPC has also produced a short film that supports midwives and other sample takers in obtaining good quality samples. 'Taking a newborn blood spot sample' is available to watch in full and as four separate clips (preparation for taking the sample, collecting the sample, after taking the sample and repeat sampling). The film is also available to watch on YouTube.
In addition, an e-learning resource to support sample takers in entering the correct details on the blood spot card has been developed.
We have also recently updated the education and training PowerPoint presentations on the website.
Where can I access information on the screening programme in Polish?
The 'Blood spot screening for your newborn baby' leaflet is available in several languages, including Polish. Click on the 'Polish' hyperlink at the bottom of the page to download the leaflet.
This leaflet can also be found within both the 'Screening tests for you and your baby' and 'Screening tests for your baby' booklets. The 'Screening tests for you and your baby' booklet has been translated into 18 languages. These translations are available on the UK National Screening Committee's website. These translations are now easier to access, particularly for people who don't speak English. There are direct links, in both English and the other languages, at the bottom of every website page.
We do receive requests for translations that are not currently available and the demand for new translations is periodically reviewed. The economic value of the translations needs to be taken into consideration as we do not know how much each version is actually used (although download data is available through Google Analytics).
The Programme Centre's website also has a new Google Translate feature, which can be found on the top right hand corner of each page. Google Translate is a free tool provided by Google that uses a statistical method to translate a section of text, document, or webpage into another language.