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Programme administration and fail-safe 

Programme administration and fail-safe
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Programme administration and fail-safe
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Rebecca Smith

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10.1093/med/9780198834458.003.0013
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date: 26 May 2022

Effective administration and fail-safe is essential to any screening programme. It helps ensure that the programme functions successfully to a high quality, but most importantly, it helps identify the patient cohort and ensure patient safety at all points in the pathway. A clear structure needs to be in place identifying roles and responsibilities, with procedures, policies, and regular audits in place. The programme needs the capacity to produce performance reports on an ad hoc basis to show how it is performing and to improve its service for its patients. Screening programmes in different countries will adapt their protocols and administration according to their primary- and health-care delivery model and provision. This chapter sets out that used in the UK model, which has the national health service provision with free health care at its core.

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