Pregnancy and newborn screening: indicators

Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Publication date:
13 November 2013


Pregnancy and newborn screening are considered to be important components of good healthcare that should both underpin and inform child and family health and wellbeing. Healthcare Improvement Scotland has developed indicators to quality assure selected aspects of pregnancy and newborn screening services in NHS Scotland.

The overall aim is to ensure these indicators cover the following key areas:

  • ensuring the effective co-ordination of pregnancy and newborn screening services
  • providing the mother and her partner with adequate time and opportunity for discussing pregnancy and newborn screening, and results of screening, with healthcare professionals
  • identifying pregnant women and unborn/newborn babies who are at high risk of certain conditions as early as possible
  • ensuring those undergoing screening and their unborn /newborn babies have optimal health and well being
  • providing high quality treatment and ongoing support to those who need it
  • ensure that the indicators are fit for purpose and offer best value