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The UK NSC recommendation on Psychiatric illness screening in pregnancy (currently under review)


This recommendation is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.

The review process began in Jun 2018 and is estimated to be completed by Apr 2019.

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended, clinical practice guidelines covered by NICE
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Antenatal screening should be offered to women who have a history of psychiatric illness.


Find general information about population health screening.

More about Psychiatric illness

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem (or psychiatric illness) at some point in their lives, which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.

» Read more about mental health problems in pregnancy on NHS Choices


Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services
The British Psychological Society
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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