Guidance

NHS population screening: why we collect data

This detailed guide explains national processes and guidance for the collection and reporting of data in the NHS screening programmes.

The collection, analysis and comparison of good quality data is critical for the 11 NHS screening programmes in England.

Data analysis helps drive improvements in quality and reduce variation between services.

Key performance indicators

Key performance indicators (KPIs) for the NHS screening programmes measure how they are performing.

The NHS population screening: reporting data definitions publication explains the KPIs for the 11 programmes, their purpose and data submission guidance for providers.

KPI data reports are published every quarter.

Reporting periods for data submission are as follows.

Quarter 1 (Q1)

Data range is from 1 April to 30 June. Submission window is between 1 and 30 September.

Quarter 2 (Q2)

Data range is from 1 July to 30 September. Submission window is between 1 and 31 December.

Quarter 3 (Q3)

Data range is from 1 October to 31 December. Submission window is between 1 and 31 March.

Quarter 4 (Q4)

Data range is from 1 January to 31 March. Submission window is between 1 and 30 June.

Screening standards

National screening standards are measures that providers have to meet to ensure local screening services are safe and effective. They are reviewed every 3 years and when changes to the screening pathway occur. Standards are defined for:

Please make sure you submit data on time as late submissions cannot be accepted.

Published 9 April 2018