Quarterly Reports - Monitoring

There are two quarterly reports available -

Round Length

and

Screen to Assessement

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.

For the year 2014/2015
Quarter 1: 1st April 2014 - 30th June 2014
Quarter 2: 1st July 2014 - 30th Sept 2014
Quarter 3: 1st Oct. 2014 - 31st Dec 2014
Quarter 4: 1st Jan 2015 - 31st March 2015

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%

Within the Northern Ireland Breast Screening Programme (from 1st January 2014) the screen to assessment report will analyse women within a specified DOFAA (Date of First Attended Appointment) range who were assessed on or after a specified assessment date. Prior to 1st January 2014 the programme reported on both the DOFOA (Date of First Offered Appointment) and DOFAA. The report will show the number of women broken down by weeks from screening to assessment.

For the year 2014/2015
Quarter 1: 1st April 2014 - 30th June 2014
Quarter 2: 1st July 2014 - 30th Sept. 2014
Quarter 3: 1st Oct. 2014 - 31st Dec 2014
Quarter 4: 1st Jan 2015 - 31st March 2015