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Second quarterly KPI data for 2019 to 2020 published

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We’ve published new data on our key performance indicators

We have now published the second set of quarterly key performance indicator (KPI) data for the 2019 to 2020 year.

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

The latest data covers quarter 2 (Q2), 1 July to 30 September 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 Q1 KPI data files for bowel cancer screening coverage (BCS2) and fetal anomaly ultrasound coverage (FA2).

ANNB data highlights

The NHS reached or remained at record highs of performance nationally in 3 of the ANNB KPIs in Q2 2019 to 2020.

These were the:

  • sickle cell and thalassaemia KPI for timeliness of antenatal screening (ST2) at 59.4%
  • sickle cell and thalassaemia KPI for completion of the family origin questionnaire (ST3) at 98.0%
  • newborn hearing screening KPI for coverage (NH1) at 99.0%
Graph showing the national trend performance of NH2, the newborn hearing screening KPI for coverage
This graph shows the trend in national performance in NH1

YPA data highlights

We first published quarterly KPIs for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in 2017 to 2018, for uptake (BCS1) and coverage (BCS2, which we collect an extra quarter in arrears). National performance of both KPIs has reached its highest levels since quarterly publication began. BCS1 is at 67.5% in Q2 and BCS2 at 60.3% in Q1.

Graph showing the national trend performance of BCS1 and BCS2, the bowel cancer screening KPIs for uptake and coveage
These graphs show the trend in national performance in BCS1 and BCS2

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 this 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 Q3 (2019 to 2020) templates for NHS maternity services and for NHS child health information services were published at the beginning of February 2020. These are for submitting KPIs for the NHS antenatal programmes and the NHS Newborn Blood Spot and Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programmes.

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