The GUMCAD STI Surveillance System is the new name for the Genitourinary Medicine Clinic Activity Dataset (GUMCAD).
It is a mandatory reporting system providing data on sexual health services and STI diagnoses from all commissioned Level 3 and Level 2 sexual health services in England.
GUMCAD data are primarily collected to monitor trends in STI diagnoses, to identify inequalities in sexual health, and to measure the success or impact of service delivery.
Public Health England (PHE) co-ordinates and manages this quarterly data collection; processing, storage and analysis on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Data are:
- reported quarterly to service providers and local authority commissioners
- used for the chlamydia detection rate (1 of only 3 sexual health indicators on the Public Health Outcomes Framework)
- published annually as official statistics.
This information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the other documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.