Guidance

Genitourinary medicine clinic activity dataset (GUMCADv2)

GUMCADv2 is a dataset that collects STI information from GUM clinics and other commissioned non-GUM sexual health services.

About GUMCADv2

The Genitourinary Medicine Clinic Activity Dataset (GUMCADv2) is a mandatory reporting system providing data on sexual health services and STI diagnoses from all commissioned Level 3 and Level 2 sexual health services in England. It is an electronic, pseudo-anonymised patient-level dataset reported by over 600 services.

Public Health England (PHE) co-ordinates and manages GUMCADv2 quarterly data collection, processing, storage and analysis on behalf of the Department of Health (DH). Data are:

  • reported quarterly to service providers and local authority commissioners
  • published annually as official statistics
  • used for the chlamydia detection rate (1 of only 3 sexual health indicators on DH’s Public Health Outcomes Framework)

From January 2012 all Level 2 and Level 3 sexual health services have a mandatory obligation to complete and return GUMCADv2 to PHE. The guidance documents below tell you how to complete, extract and send the dataset to the GUMCAD team.

Further details on the development of GUMCADv2 are provided in this article in Eurosurveillance. Details on the levels of sexual health service provision are provided in appendix B of the Standards for the Management of STIs (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV/Medical Foundation for HIV and Sexual Health).

PHE is currently piloting an enhancement of GUMCADv2 to collect behavioural and partner notification data through GUMCADv3.

GUMCADv2 resources

GUMCADv2: starter pack

GUMCADv2: frequently asked question

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Accessing GUMCADv2 data

The principles for accessing, storing and sharing GUMCADv2 data are given in the PHE data sharing policy. The data are accessible from:

  • annual data tables available on the PHE website. These present data on diagnoses of STIs and related service provision at Local Authority (upper and lower tier, including unitary authorities) and national levels. Data are also presented in a standard STI slide set

  • GUMCADv2 reporting tools. These can be used to generate data reports for monitoring local, regional and national public health priorities. The reports, which are available on the HIV & STI web portal are restricted for use by nominated local government, NHS and public health organisations

  • the Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles. These use interactive mapping tools to present data on key sexual health information at Local Authority (upper and lower tier, including unitary authorities) and national levels

  • Local Authority STI and HIV Epidemiology Reports (LASERs). These reports aim to describe STIs and HIV in the local area to inform local Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) so that commissioners can effectively target service provision. LASERs are generated annually and are available to sexual health commissioners and Directors of Public Health. The reports are distributed via local Field Epidemiology Service units

  • clinic specific reports. These provide clinics submitting GUMCADv2 with summary data on quality, patient demographics and epidemiological analyses of services provided and diagnoses made. Reports are generated annually and distributed to clinics via their local Field Epidemiology Service units

Sexual and reproductive health activity dataset (SRHAD)

SRHAD has been developed to replace the KT31 return by the Department of Health to capture contraception and other sexual and reproductive health activities. SRHAD, together with GUMCADv2 will form the basis for a standardised sexual health dataset collected from clinical settings across England. For further details visit the SRHAD website.

Contact information

For further information, including access permission, contact the GUMCAD helpdesk at gumcad@phe.gov.uk