Publication updated on 17 December 2021 with data for Quarter1 2021-22.
People between the ages of 25 and 64 years are invited for regular cervical screening under the NHS cervical screening programme. Coverage is defined as the percentage of individuals eligible for screening at a given point in time who were screened adequately within a specified period (within 3.5 years for those aged 25 to 49, and within 5.5 years for those aged 50 to 64).
Information in this quarterly publication is presented at primary care, clinical commissioning group (CCG) and local authority levels. Data are published in 3 separate online interactive dashboards.
COVID-19 and the production of statistics:
Disruption from the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) is starting to affect the quality and completeness of our statistics. This report includes data reflecting activity affected by the disruption caused by COVID-19. When interpreting changes in coverage statistics, it should be considered that coverage represents a summary of all activity over a longer period of time:
• 3.5 years for those aged 25-49 years
• 5.5 years for those aged 50-64 years
Data which includes the COVID-19 period should be interpreted with care.
Why is this needed and what is the purpose?
- This online resource will help support the programme to be effective in achieving its aim to reduce the number of women who develop invasive cervical cancer and reduce the number of people who die from it.
- The primary care level data pack provides data for GP practices and CCGs to improve cervical screening attendance and coverage rates.
- The data provided is primarily at GP practice level and CCG but also local authority level where appropriate.
- Data is provided on how the practices compare within the CCG and nationally in relation to cervical screening coverage.
- The data will support the CCGs in local improvements and setting priorities in relation to cervical screening.
Who is it for?
- For GP practices the resource provides interactive data on the number of people in each practice that have not had a smear test but remain eligible for screening. This data supports practices to identify the size of the cohort to address.
- For CCGs the resource provides interactive coverage data on the practices within the CCG. It also provides a CCG comparison and identifies areas for prioritisation and improvement.
- For local authorities the resource provides interactive coverage data on their area and identifies areas for improvement and areas to focus health promotion initiatives.
- To find out more general information on the NHS cervical screening programme and resources to help support initiatives to help individuals decide if they would like to take up their cervical screening invitation, please use the links below:
NHS cervical screening programme:
Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust:
In order to access the dashboard and its functionality, one of the following internet browsers is required
• Microsoft Edge
• Internet Explorer 11
• Chrome desktop latest version
• Safari Mac latest version
• Firefox desktop latest version
Local authority dashboard
Dashboards can be accessed by clicking the links above, or via the links in the resources section below.
What data is available in the interactive dashboard?
The dashboards present data on screening coverage for 2 age groups, 25 to 49 and 50 to 64 years, which are obtained from monthly reports produced by the Open Exeter system (hosted by NHS Digital). The dashboard also includes data for the number of individuals eligible and screened at each GP practice, CCG and local authority.
Last edited: 10 January 2022 4:35 pm