NEPTUNE is a study being conducted by researchers from Cardiff University, and is currently recruiting participants. The main aim of NEPTUNE is to understand how a new blood test used during pregnancy, called NIPT (or non-invasive prenatal testing), is being delivered and received in Wales. Research midwives and researchers are now recruiting people onto the study from various locations including NHS midwifery services, private clinics, social media, and the HealthWise Wales project.
If you have been pregnant in Wales on or after 1st April 2018 (or be the partner of someone who has), are over 18 years old, and are able to communicate in English you may be able to take part.Download NEPTUNE study documents
Wales was the first UK country to introduce NIPT into the NHS at a national level. It is also available in private clinics. Because it is new, we don’t have much information on what women, their partners, and healthcare providers think about the test, or how it is being used and spoken about in everyday practice. To understand more, the NEPTUNE study team will be speaking with a wide range of people, including pregnant people, their partners, midwives, and other healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of NIPT.
NEPTUNE participants may take part in several activities:
NEPTUNE has been designed to protect privacy and confidentiality, and give participants control over their involvement. If you choose to participate:
Full details are provided in the NEPTUNE Participant Information Sheet, which can be viewed or downloaded here
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