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Cervical Screening Programme - Coverage Statistics [Management Information]

All national figures are now reported as unrounded figures.  Prior to Q4 2020-21, the CCG file included national totals (excluding ‘Unknown CCG’) that were rounded to the nearest 1,000. The LA national totals (which also include ‘Unknown LA’) are also presented as unrounded figures. This rounding was originally done to accommodate the format of the source data, however, it is no longer necessary.

31 March 2021 09:30 AM


Publication updated on 18 October 2022 with data for Quarter 1 2022-23.

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.

For Q1 2022-23, CCGs are replaced by Sub-ICBs in this dataset, the impact on the report is minimal as the organisation structures are very similar.

COVID-19 and the production of statistics

Disruption from the coronavirus pandemic had minimal effect on the data collection during 2020-21. Most screening services continued to submit data returns and data was available from the call and recall IT system.

Due to COVID-19 measures, attendance for screening was less than usual in the early part of 2020-21. This report includes data up to 30 June 2022, which will be affected by the disruption caused by COVID-19. 

Coverage data represents a summary of all activity over a longer period of time. This should be considered when interpreting changes in coverage: 

  • 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.


CCGs and Sub-ICBs

On 1st July 2022, as part of the 2022 Health and Care Act, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were abolished and replaced as statutory bodies by Integrated Care Boards (ICBs). As part of a transition phase, the geographical areas of former CCGs have been temporarily maintained, but are now known as Sub Integrated Care board (Sub-ICB) locations. For data provided in the csv files prior to Quarter 1 2022-23, Org names and codes refer to CCGs.  From Quarter 1 2022-23 Org names and codes refer to Sub-ICB locations. Although Sub-ICBs did not apply to the Q1 2022-23 period, the source dataset included those breakdowns so they have been used in the published data.

More information about ICBs can be found here:


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

Cervical screening coverage

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

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Primary care dashboard

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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: 17 October 2022 8:34 am