NHS Digital urges organisations to use dashboard as cervical screening coverage continues to decline
[London, UK] NHS Digital is calling on GPs and health organisations to use an interactive data dashboard as rates of cervical screening coverage continue to decrease.
Launched last year by NHS Digital, Public Health England (PHE) and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the online tool provides data on screening rates from local authorities, GCGs and GP practices, updated on a quarterly basis.
Women aged between 25 to 49 receive an invitation for routine cervical screening every three years, and those aged between 50 to 64 every five years.
PHE Director of Screening Professor Anne Mackie said:
“Cervical screening prevents thousands of cancers so it’s important we do all we can to ensure women are aware and choose to be screened."
A report from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust released in January this year set out a series of recommendations to tackle the continuing decline in coverage rates, asking health professionals, GPs, commissioners and others around the country to provide clarification on the responsibility to increase screening access and uptake, work collaboratively at a local level, and make better use of data tools.
With figures reaching a 20-year low in England, Robert Music, the charity's CEO, said the trend could only be reversed through collaborative action:
“There is some fantastic and innovative work being undertaken across the country to increase awareness and attendance of the test and it is important that we recognise and celebrate this.
“Being able to access up-to-date data is vital to understanding where to focus efforts, measure impact of activity and flag where support might be needed so I would encourage everyone involved in increasing attendance to make use of the data dashboard."