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National Services Division Commissioning for Scotland's Health

Breast Screening Review

Thank you for accessing our page regarding the Breast Screening Review. Information in relation to the Review, the surveys which are being undertaken, the results of the surveys and information in relation to stakeholder and public consultation events will be displayed here.

The Scottish Breast Screening Programme (SBSP) was set up over 22 years ago following publication of the Forrest report. Although the programme has undergone significant developments over the years, there had never been a full national review of the service. A formal review of the way the service is delivered has now been undertaken, to ensure that it can adapt to meet future challenges, and remain a sustainable high quality and equitable breast screening service for women aged 50 to 70 resident in Scotland, and in the most clinically and cost effective way.

Results of Review

The review group have concluded deliberations and made a number of recommendations for future service delivery. The recommendations are in line with NHS Scotland’s Healthcare Quality Strategy and are categorised under its six domains of:-

  • Person-Centred
  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Efficient
  • Equitable
  • Timely

The final report has been presented to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and remains embargoed until it has received his approval.

Results of Public Consultation

The Public Consultation aspects of the review have been conducted in line with Scottish Health Council guidance. They advised, following an Options Appraisal held on 13th January 2012, that a public consultation phase of eight weeks should be held on the preferred option: Six centre model but combined with host NHS Board symptomatic breast service. This public consultation was launched on 16th April 2012 and concluded on 11th June 2012. The results can be accessed using the link below:

Health Inequalities Impact Assessment (HIIA) - August 2012

Results of Health Inequalities Impact Assessment

Impact assessment is a key way to analyse and ensure the fairness and effectiveness of policy decisions we make. The HIIA process seeks to define the likely positive and negative health, equality and human rights impacts of a policy (including unintended impacts) and the population groups who will bear them. The assessment considers impacts on equality groups and other potentially affected populations. Impacts on disadvantaged groups, who already suffer poorer health, are particularly important. The process also outlines mitigating actions, should negative impacts be identified and presents an opportunity to enhance the positive intentions of a proposed policy. The results of the Health Inequalities Impact Assessment for the Review of Breast Screening are accessible using the link below:-

Results of Public Consultation - August 2012

Results of Initial Consultation

Results of the consultation that was undertaken from 1 August to 28 August 2011 on how the breast screening service should be shaped in the future with both the public and staff and consultation with the service and health inequalities groups can be accessed using the link below:

Results of Initial Public Consultation [38 pages, 166Kb]

Review Briefing and Frequently Asked Questions

The Review Briefing document provides background information and the aims of the review. A Frequently Asked Questions summary is also availlable. Both documents can be accessed from the links below:

Breast Screening Review - Briefing Document (June 2012) [2 pages, 43Kb]

Breast Screening Review - Briefing Document (August 2011) [2 pages, 49Kb]

Breast Screening Review - Frequently Asked Questions [2 pages, 22Kb}

National Services Division contacts:

To contact members of NSD staff, please visit our staff contacts page.

Carol Colquhoun, National Screening Coordinator
Susan Fairley , Programme Support Officer