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Last quarterly KPI data for 2018 to 2019 year published

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Graph showing the upward trend in national performance of the NH1 KPI for newborn hearing screening coverage (the breaks in the red line show the 2 occasions when the acceptable threshold changed)
Three of the ANNB KPIs reached or remained at record high national performances in the final quarter of the 2018 to 2019 screening year

PHE Screening has published the final set of quarterly key performance indicator (KPI) data for the 2018 to 2019 year.

KPIs measure how the NHS screening programmes are performing and aim to give a high level overview of programme quality.

The latest data covers quarter 4 (Q4), 1 January to 31 March 2019. It is split into 2 publications, one for antenatal and newborn (ANNB) KPIs, and one for 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 bowel cancer screening coverage (BCS2) and fetal anomaly ultrasound coverage (FA2).

ANNB data highlights

Three of the ANNB KPIs reached or remained at record high national performances in Q4 2018 to 2019.

These were the:

  • newborn hearing screening KPI for coverage (NH1) at 98.9%
  • newborn blood spot screening KPI for coverage (NB1) at 98.1%
  • antenatal KPI for completion of laboratory request forms for fetal anomaly screening (FA1) at 98.2%

YPA data highlights

Two of the 3 abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening KPIs also showed improved performance in Q4. National performances of the KPIs for coverage were 93.7% for the annual surveillance screen (AA3) and 94.1% for the quarterly surveillance (AA4) screen. This is the highest they have been since they were introduced 3 years ago in 2016 to 2017.

Pictured below are graphs showing the trend in national performance of:

  • KPI AA3 for coverage of the annual surveillance screen
  • KPI AA4 for coverage of the quarterly surveillance screen

Graphs showing trend in national performance of AA3 and AA4 KPIs since 2015 to 2016

Both these KPIs were introduced in the 2016 to 2017 year.

Summary factsheets report

We have also published our latest KPI summary factsheet report which includes:

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

You can use 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 that you are aware of any new thresholds or revised definitions.

New templates

Please note that the Q1 (2019 to 2020) templates for maternity services and for child health information systems were published in the beginning of August 2019. These are for submitting KPIs for the antenatal, newborn blood spot and newborn and infant physical examination programmes.

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

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