Breast screening: consolidated programme standards

This document sets out the national standards for the NHS Breast Screening Programme (BSP).


Breast screening: consolidated programme standards

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These revised programme standards have an implementation date of April 2017 and replace all previous versions.

They provide a defined set of measures that screening providers must meet to make sure local services are safe and effective.

These standards relate to performance that is measurable from April 2017 onwards. This includes operational measures like waiting times (results, assessment) and screening round length.

However, some other standards relate to historic performance, due to the time lag in ascertaining data due to completing treatment. Where standards relate to historic performance, the former targets apply and these are detailed in the service specification. These include indicators such as screening uptake, referral rates and cancer detection rates.

Published 10 April 2017
Last updated 15 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added text to clarify which standards should be used for historical performance.
  2. First published.