Quarterly Reports - Monitoring

Round Length

The NHS Breast Screening Programme Publication No. 40 includes round length as an outcome measure as follows:

Objective: To ensure that women are recalled for screening at appropriate intervals

Criteria: The percentage of eligible women whose first offered appointment is within 36 months of their previous screen

Minimum Standard: Greater than 90%

Target: 100%

Collection of Data:

Round length data are derived from a method used by the West Midlands NHSBSP. The NBSS report measures the weeks between previous screen and date of first offered appointment.

Units that do not achieve the minium standard within 10% are asked to provide a brief explanation as to why the standard was not achieved, and action required. These reasons are listed in the exception reports at the end of the report.

 

Screen to Assessment

Screen to assessment measures the interval between a woman's screening mammogram and the date of her first attended assessment.

The NHS Breast Screening Programme Publication No. 40 defines screen to assessment waiting time as an outcome measure as follows:

Objective: To minimise the interval from the screening mammogram to the assessment.

Criteria: The percentage of women who attend an assessment centre within one week of the decision that further investigation is necessary and within three weeks of attendance for the screening mammograms.

Minimum Standard: Greater than 90%

Target: 100%

The Screen to Assessment report analyses women within a specified "Date of First Offered Appointment" (DOFOA) and "Date of First Attended Appointment" (DOFAA, for comparative purposes only) range who were assessed on or after a specified assessment date. It shows the number of women broken down by weeks from screening assessment. The report excludes early recalls.

Units that do not achieve the minium standard within 10% are asked to provide a brief explanation as to why the standard was not achieved, and action required. These reasons are listed in the exception reports at the end of the report.

Screen to Assessment