The objectives of the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (NHS FASP) are to offer screening to eligble women in England for Down's (trisomy 21), Edwards' (trisomy 18) or Patau's (trisomy 13) syndromes; and to offer screening for 11 specific fetal structural anomalies via ultrasound scan between 18+0 to 20+6 weeks.
NHS FASP has developed a number of interactive resources, created to support decision making and informed choice regarding Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndrome screening and the 18+0 to 20+6 weeks fetal anomaly scan.
1. e-Learning Modules
Condensed Education Module for T21 (Down’s Syndrome) - this module is currently under review and a new resource will be available end 2016.
CEM T21 is a education module which aims to support health professionals who care for women and their families along the screening pathway for Trisomy 21.
Online Nuchal Translucency Training Resource
This resource has been developed to support practitioners undertaking the ultrasound component of the combined screening test for Trisomy 21.
18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly ultrasound scan resource
The 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly ultrasound scan e-learning resource is a free training resource for all practitioners involved in the support and delivery of NHS FASP 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly screening in England. The overall aim of the resource is to enable practitioners to make the offer of the 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly ultrasound scan, understand the purpose and scope of the scan and explain the the results to women.
The fetal cardiac e-learning resource is a free training resource primarily for ultrasonographers involved in the delivery of NHS FASP 18+0 to 20+6 week ultrasound screening. The module covers the new three vessel trachea view (3VT) and reviews the existing four NHS FASP cardiac views.
2. Screening Support Sonographer Resources
NHS FASP have developed a number of combined screening resources providing training for competency in the measurement of nuchal translucency (NT) and crown-rump length (CRL). In this section you will find:
NHS FASP has produced electronic versions for CRL and NT score sheets, red flag action plans - both bias and throughput, also a practice logbook for the new practitioner and 'return to practice' forms. All available in the NHS FASP Ultrasound Practitioner's Handbook, April 2015, pages 51-56 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fetal-anomaly-screening-ultrasound-practitioners-handbook
These charts have also been produced separately to the handbook to support the Screening Support Sonographer (SSS) in their role of internal quality assurance; regular departmental review of images. They can all be downloaded below.
The role of the SSS is described fully on page 13 and further information on the use of these sheets is available on pages 14- 25 of the NHS FASP Programme Handbook
A copy of the NT diagnostic plot is also available for your use below.
3. FMF-FASP Basic fetal echocardiography online training resource
The FMF-FASP fetal echocardiography online training resource is an interactive learning tool designed to reflect the Fetal Cardiac Screening Protocol which forms part of the ultrasound ‘base menu’ included within the NHS FASP 18+0 to 20+6 weeks Fetal Anomaly Scan National Standards. The resource has been produced in collaboration with Professor Lindsey Allan, Kings College Hospital and the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF). There is a guide providing more information about the resource which can be found on the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) website.
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