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Timely reminder of screening data submission deadlines

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Are you responsible for submitting local screening provider data to PHE? If so, do you know the timeframes for data submission?

It is very important that local screening providers validate key performance indicator (KPI) data and screening standards data with care and on time.

Why numbers are so important

It is crucial we collect accurate data and that local screening providers have good data about their services.

This helps:

  • reduce variation
  • identify areas of shared learning
  • identify areas needing improvement

It also:

  • provides information on trends
  • enables software reporting issues to be identified
  • gives valuable assurance to all stakeholders that providers are performing
  • provides a true reflection of how well screening services are performing
  • provides uniform information for programme boards and quality assurance visits

Where to find the important dates

Timeframes for KPI and screening standard reporting periods can be found on GOV.UK for:

Please always refer to the data and intelligence publications on GOV.UK for the most recent versions of data submissions guidance. The content on GOV.UK includes a summary of changes to KPIs from year to year, submission guidance, roles and responsibilities and how we publish KPI data.

For AAA screening services, guidance covers the sign-off process for KPIs, quarterly waiting times reports, quarterly pathway standards reports and annual pathway standards.

For DES screening services, guidance covers the process for submitting and signing off KPIs, quarterly pathway standards reports and annual pathway standards.

Commissioners should be aware of the review and publication dates so that local programme board meetings can be arranged appropriately.

Quarterly and annual KPI data reports are published on GOV.UK for all 11 NHS screening programmes.

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