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Performance and Standards

20th May 2021

Consolidated Standards

One of the main aims of quality assurance is to maintain minimum standards and continuously improve the performance of all aspects of breast screening in order to ensure that women have access to a high quality service wherever they reside.

This involves the development and regular review of quality standards against which data is collected and reported annually.  The Northern Ireland Breast Screening Programme (NI BSP) follows the standards set by the national breast screening programme.  These standards provide a defined set of measures that providers have to meet to ensure local programmes are safe and effective.  They are contained in the following publication.

Statistical Publications

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2017/2018 in draft

Annual Report combined 2018/19 2019/20 – (in progress)

If you require reports going back further please email the YPAS Team at

Breast Screening Statistical Profile KC62 Returns

The NHS Breast Screening Programme Central Return Data Set (KC62) requires information on women invited for Breast Screening, the outcome of the  Breast Screening  and further information on each cancer detected.  It is completed annually and submitted to the NHS Breast Screening Programme by the end of the October following the end of the reporting period to which the data relates. The English data is published annually by the National Programme and a statistical profile for Northern Ireland is subsequently produced by the YPAS Team to demonstrate how the NI BSP programme measures against key peformance indicators.

Statistical Profile for 2019/20

Uptake Rates

The definition of uptake is the percentage of women who, having been sent an invitation for screening, attend a screening unit and undergo mammography in response to that invitation.

Uptake Rates for 2015/16 to 2019/20

NHS BSP and Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) –An Audit of Screen Detected Cancers for Year of Screening April 2018 to March 2019

The NHS BSP & ABS Audit of Screen Detected Breast Cancer is undertaken annually to examine NHS Breast Screening Programme surgical activity.  The NI BSP participates in this audit. More information about the annual audit can be found on the Association of Breast Surgery Website.

Regional Satisfaction Surveys

Regional satisfaction surveys are carried out locally by individual breast screening units and periodically a regional survey is compiled by the YPAS team to assess client satisfaction with the service and how it may be improved.

Regional Satisfaction Survey  March 2021


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