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Cervical Screening Programme - Coverage Statistics [Management Information]

Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP practices, Local Authorities
Date Range:
31 Dec 2017 to 31 Dec 2020


This publication was last updated 15 April 2021 - with data for Quarter 3 2020-21.

Women 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 women eligible for screening at a given point in time who were screened adequately within a specified period (within 3.5 years for women aged 25 to 49, and within 5.5 years for women 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 throughout the period 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020, which will be affected by the disruption caused by COVID-19. The overall effect on coverage will be limited, as 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.

Key Facts

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 women 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 women in each practice that have not had a smear test but remain eligible for screening in the practice. 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 women 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
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Primary care dashboard

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Primary care dashboard 

Image for infographic CCG dashboard
CCG dashboard

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CCG dashboard

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Local authority dashboard

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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 women eligible and screened at each GP practice, CCG and local authority.


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Last edited: 14 April 2021 1:02 pm