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Screening Part 1

Screening Part 1

Several screening tests are carried out in general practice which general practice nurses (GPNs) might be involved in. Screening is the process of identifying people who are at increased risk of a disease despite appearing to be in good health. Screening tests offer an indication of risk and may help to highlight those who need further investigations or interventions. However, there are moral, ethical and practical considerations that should be borne in mind when patients are offered screening tests.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of the use of screening tests in general practice. A further module will test your knowledge of health screening questionnaires in primary care.

Complete this resource, including the further reading and some or all of the suggested activities to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your revalidation portfolio. Write up your reflections, considering how the activities reflect the NMC Code, and add to your revalidation portfolio.

Aims and objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:

  • The benefits and limitations of a range of screening tests
  • The need to counsel people about why and how we screen for certain conditions
  • The actions that might be taken if a screening test is positive
  • The GPN’s responsibilities when reviewing the results of screening tests

Further reading

Public Health England has produced guidance on screening tests (PHE 2015). The guidance explains the criteria that must be fulfilled to meet the requirements of a screening test and can be accessed at