NSU Steering Group update

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The National Screening Unit's vision is for high-quality, equitable and accessible national screening programmes.
The National Screening Unit (NSU) Steering Group, established after the 2011 reviews of BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) and National Cervical Screening Programme (NSCP) operations, has now been meeting for 18 months.

Initial emphasis for the clinically-led steering group, chaired by Chief Medical Officer, Dr Don Mackie, was the appointment of key clinical positions within the NSU and the implementation of digital mammography across the eight breast screening providers.

Since the prioritisation of the recommendations from the BSA external review and the NCSP parliamentary review, the NSU is tackling some of the larger pieces of work. These include:

  • the future BSA service delivery model following the implementation of digital mammography
  • clinical governance for all screening programmes under NSU’s mandate and options for funding cervical smears
  • updating the BSA National Policy and Quality Standards and the NSU Quality Framework.

The steering group is assisting in setting the strategic direction and providing any necessary assistance to the NSU while it progresses these projects over the next 12 months with input from key stakeholders.

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Page last updated: 27 June 2013