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Fetal anomaly 2016 to 2017 screening data report published

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Infographic of 2 graphs showing screening coverage chart that shows 75.0% coverage for T21/T18/T13 screening and 96.6% coverage for 18+0 to 20+6 ultrasound test; 2. Chart showing percentage of women with a suspected/confirmed abnormality referred and seen within the designated timescale – 81.0% of local referrals seen within 3 working days and 90.5% of referrals to tertiary fetal medicine centres seen within 5 working days; 3. Map of England next to words saying 97.4% of laboratory request forms including complete data prior to screening analysis, submitted to the laboratory within the recommended timeframe of 10+0 to 20+0 weeks gestation
One of the summary graphics from the annual data report

We are pleased to publish the 2016 to 2017 data report for the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP).

It covers the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and includes information on completeness of data submission and the performance of local screening providers against national standards.

Download the 2016 to 2017 FASP data report

The main issues reported for non-submission or partial submission of data  are recurring themes.

These are:

  • lack of adequate reporting and IT systems to collect and report data – for example, maternity systems not designed to interface with laboratory systems
  • inability to define exclusions and split exclusion categories
  • inability to provide matched cohort data for coverage standards
  • reporting partial data, for example only 2 or 3 out of 4 quarters of data submitted

Data was not included in the analysis for Standard 1 that relates to coverage of screening for Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome in the first trimester if:

  • providers were unable to account for 3 or more exclusion criteria
  • data was not matched cohort

Overall, the report shows that data completeness and quality improved compared to the previous year, particularly for standards 8a and 8b that relate to the timely referral of women who have a suspected/identified anomaly at the screening scan.

We believe one of the factors that led to improved data quality is the engagement of providers at the recent antenatal data workshops that supported a better understanding of the reporting requirements.

The image in this blog article was updated on 19 March for consistency with the report.

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