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Latest screening KPI data and other updates

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Key performance indicators (KPIs) measure how the NHS screening programmes are performing and aim to give a high level overview of programme quality. This blog post updates you on our latest KPI data publications.

2017 to 2018 quarter 1 and quarter 2 data

Today we have published the KPI data for the second quarter of 2017 to 2018 (Q2, 1 July to 30 September 2017).

As we explained in a previous KPI blog post, we now have 2 quarterly publication files, one for the antenatal and newborn (ANNB) KPIs, and one for the young person and adult (YPA) KPIs.

Data for a few of the KPIs is collected later than the others, so we’ve also updated the Q1 KPI data files for:

  • CS1 and CS2 – cervical screening coverage (under 50 and 50 and above)
  • BSC2 – bowel cancer screening coverage
  • FA2 – fetal anomaly ultrasound coverage

Summary factsheets report

We’ve also published our latest KPI summary factsheets report. This has one page for each KPI and includes:

  • highlights of the data
  • national trend information up to the most recent quarter available
  • regional quarterly performance

You can use the links in the indexes to go to each KPI, and there is a link on each factsheet to take you back to the index again.

As always when looking at the KPI data, you should also look at the definition of each KPI from our definitions document, so you are aware of any new thresholds or revised definitions.

Highlights of the data

The KPI for HIV coverage (ID1) for the infectious diseases in pregnancy screening programme reached a new all-time high in Q2 at 99.6%.

ID1, the KPI for HIV coverage, reached an all-time high

In newborn blood spot screening, NB2 measures avoidable repeats tests. This KPI is different to most of the others as a lower number means a better performance. The national performance of NB2 in Q2 was the lowest ever recorded for this KPI at 2.4%.

NB2, the KPI that measures avoidable blood spot repeat tests, shows performance has improved

For the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening programme, the KPI for coverage of the annual surveillance screen (AA3) has nationally shown a steady increase in performance since it was introduced in 2016 to 2017. It reached a new high of 92.5% in Q2 2017 to 2018.

AA3, the KPI for coverage of the AAA annual surveillance screen

Check out the rest of the KPI summary factsheets report to see the data highlights and trend graphs for all our published KPIs.

What’s coming up next?

The KPI definitions and submission guidance document for 2018 to 2019 will be published in March, so make sure you’re signed up to the blog to find out when it’s published and to be aware of any changes to the KPIs coming up next year.

The Q3 templates for maternity services and for child health information systems were published on 1 February. These templates are for the submission of KPIs for the antenatal, newborn blood spot (NBS) and newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) programmes. We publish the templates one month before the submission window opens (which is 2 months before the final submission deadline),

Please send any queries, suggestions or feedback about the KPIs to the PHE Screening Helpdesk.

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