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Cervical Screening Programme - Coverage Statistics [Management Information]

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Geographical granularity:
Country, Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP practices, Local Authorities
Date range:
30 Sep 2017 to 30 Sep 2019


This publication was last updated 12 February 2020

Note (12 February 2020):
CCG and GP level dashboards were updated with data for Q2 2019-20 on 22 January 2020.
The LA level dashboard was updated with data for Q2 2019-20 on 12 February 2020. Publication of the LA updated level dashboard had been delayed whilst data quality issues were investigated - these have now been resolved. The CCG and GP dashboards are unaffected by this issue.

In 2019, the delay in time to receipt of data was reduced from six months to two months. NHS Digital and Public Health England worked together to reduce the lag in data availability.

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.




Dashboards can be accessed by clicking the icons above, or via the links in the Resources section below.

These online resources will:

  • Support Primary Care, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and Local Authorities to pinpoint cervical screening coverage for their GP practices, CCG or Local Authority.
  • Provide timely at a glance interactive coverage data that is updated on a quarterly basis.
  • Enable opportune evaluation of coverage initiatives without having to wait for the annual report.

What data is available in the interactive dashboard?

The dashboards present data for screening coverage at two age groups, 25-49 and 50-64 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.

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 rank 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 meaningful data supports practices to identify the size of the cohort to address. Useful links to resources to support initiatives to help women decide if they would like to take up their cervical screening invitation are provided below.
  • For CCGs the resource provides interactive coverage data on the practices within the CCG. It also provides a CCG ranking 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 Cervical Screening Programme and tips on how to address coverage in your area, please use the links below:

PHE Cervical screening:

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust:

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Last edited: 11 February 2020 4:16 pm