Information on the FGM enhanced dataset collection for people working in the health service in England.
The FGM enhanced dataset collection applies to the following NHS organisations in England:
NHS acute trusts (Foundation and non-Foundation)
Mental health trusts (Foundation and non-Foundation)
What data is being collected
We are collecting data about women and girls with FGM who are being cared for by the NHS in England. This collection includes data items that will be routinely discussed by the patient and health professional as part of the standard delivery of care and that are included in the patient's healthcare record.
This data collection does not require health professionals to ask any additional questions beyond those necessary for the patient's treatment.
How FGM data is collected
Data is collected via the NHS Digital Clinical Audit Platform or CAP, which is an easy to use, intuitive, data submission tool that needs no specific training. Although CAP is being used to collect the data the FGM enhanced dataset is in fact not an audit and this system is simply being used to collect the data.
Data is collected from NHS organisations every quarter.
How to submit FGM data using CAP
NHS organisations and new users must register to access CAP by completing the FGM Enhanced Dataset CAP user registration form. This form contains important guidance about the dataset for Caldicott Guardians and CCGs and General Practices.
NHS organisations have one month to submit their data after the end of each quarter before the data extraction for the report takes place. The dataset reports are published as an official statistics every quarter.
Annual submission and reporting dates
Data Collection Period
Provisional Publication Date
January to March
April to June
July to September
October to December
Collecting patient information
The FGM enhanced dataset includes the collection of some patient confidential data which is used to validate the data and ensure data quality. The confidential data is only used for this purpose and is not published in the final reports.