thomsonNHS guidelines recommend that all children should be screened during their first year at school. However, surveys by the RNIB and Which have shown that at least a third of children in England are not currently tested. Even where a screening programme is in place, the methods are often variable and children are rarely followed through the referral pathway.

However screening is delivered (and even where there is no screening service) the options are resource intensive and costly. In addition, administration is very time consuming and open to errors.

No clinical knowledge is needed to use School Screener, the software manages the full screening process from initial screening, administration (including personalised letters to parents/carers), management of the referral pathway and feedback to schools. Managers have access to detailed management information and audit allowing timely LaptopUser - Copyinterventions and decision making on resource allocation and quality control.

Fewer false positives save time and cost also in secondary care.

"The pilots of the School Screener Software demonstrate that screening effectiveness can be substantially improved with benefits for children’s development and cost savings for Special Needs"

Using School Screener is quick and straightforward with minimal training required, all clinical criteria are preset in the software according to the requirements and protocols of the NHS National Screening Committee (criteria can be altered where protocols vary from national guidelines).

Screening can be repeated easily when new pupils join, if a teacher has any concerns regarding a student’s vision or hearing a quick simple screen can be made immediately at the school.

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