The reports below relate to a range of improvements to the newborn hearing screening programme.
In July 2012 a screening incident was identified where some babies were not screened according to the screening protocol.
An investigation into the incident led to the quality improvement review below. That review outlined 21 recommendations to further strengthen the programme and its monitoring.
The reports below outline the progress made in implementing the review’s recommendations – including an independent review into the screening test or regime.
NSU and DHBs' second progress report (pdf, 337 KB)
The document above is the second report outlining progress made on implementing the recommendations of the January 2013 quality improvement review.
NSU and DHBs' progress report (docx, 70.1 KB)
The document above outlines the progress made on each recommendation from the January 2013 quality improvement review of a screening event in the UNHSEIP.
Progress on implementing the 21 recommendations (xlsx, 14.3 KB)
Above is a summary of progress made on implementing the quality improvement review recommendations.
Above is the independent report on newborn hearing screening regimes and associated screening devices.
Above is the MSWord version of the independent report on newborn hearing screening regimes and associated screening devices.
Corrections and revisions July 2014 (pdf, 256 KB)
Corrections and revisions to the independent review.
Released 31 January 2013
Monitoring of screening programmes is required to ensure ongoing quality and an evidence base to service development.
An audit programme is an important component of continuous quality improvement of screening programmes.
In 2012, the Ministry of Health contracted Deloitte through an open tender process to lead and co-ordinate a three year audit programme for the UNHSEIP reviewing activities in all DHBs.
The first round of audits commenced in May 2012 and will be completed by June 2014.
Summary of DHB service audit programme to September 2013 (pdf, 107 KB)
This report summarises the audits of UNHSEIP services in 13 of the 20 DHBs.
In this section
Monitoring Reports are produced by the National Screening Unit, based on screening and audiology information provided by UNHSEIP providers – the district health boards (DHBs). The UNHSEIP Advisory Group reviews the draft Monitoring Reports, and makes recommendations.