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KPI data published for end of the 2017 to 2018 screening year

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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 3 and quarter 4 data

Today we have published the KPI data for the fourth quarter of 2017 to 2018 (1 January to 31 March 2018). The data is split into 2 publications: 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 have also updated the Q3 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 have also published our latest KPI summary factsheets report. There is one page for each KPI and it 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. 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 antenatal fetal anomaly screening completion of laboratory request forms (FA1) reached a new all-time high in Q4 at 97.9%.

Graph showing the upward trend in the performance of the FA1 KPI for completion of laboratory request forms
Graph showing the upward trend in the performance of the FA1 KPI for completion of laboratory request forms

What else should you be aware of?

Keep an eye out on the blog for the publication of our annual screening KPI data for 2017 to 2018 later this year.

The Q1 2018 to 2019 templates for maternity services and for child health information systems were published on 1 August. These templates are for the submission of KPIs for the antenatal, newborn blood spot (NBS) and newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) programmes.

Quarter one starts a new year of data collection. Therefore, when completing the templates, please make sure you refer to the 2018 to 2019 updated definitions and submission guidance for key performance indicators (KPIs) because of updates since last year. We highlighted in a previous blog the changes for this year, including new KPIs, revised thresholds and definitions for the antenatal and newborn screening KPIs.

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

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