NHS Contraceptive Services - England, 2010-11, Community contraceptive clinics [NS]
Note: Following assessment by the United Kingdom Statistics Authority the statistics in NHS Contraceptive Services: England publications were recommended to continue designation as National Statistics subject to a number of requirements being met.
As part of satisfying these requirements, an updated Data Quality Statement has been issued on 2 April 2012. The revisions include a new ‘Relevance' section, further detail on the coverage of the data and how the data are returned, and clarification that many of the initial problems as organisations implemented the SRHAD data collection were resolved before final data were submitted, therefore limiting any affect on the data.
This annual report presents information on NHS community contraceptive clinics which include family planning clinics and clinics run by voluntary organisations such as Brook Advisory Centres. This data has been collected since 1988/89 through the KT31 return.
Information on NHS community contraceptive clinics excludes services provided in out-patient clinics and those provided by General Practitioners. However, limited data is presented for out-patient clinics sourced from The NHS Information Centre's (NHS IC) Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), prescription data and survey data from the ‘Contraception and Sexual Health 2008/09' report, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on behalf of the NHS Information Centre.
A new quarterly attendance level collection known as Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity Dataset (SRHAD) started in 2010/11 and it is currently running alongside the KT31 return.
For this year's publication we received data from 166 organisations. 137 of these submitted full year data via KT31, 15 submitted full data via SRHAD, and 14 organisations migrated to SRHAD part way through the year and therefore submitted part year KT31 and part year SRHAD data.
Even though the data are collected on a completely different basis (see data quality statement), the mapping and subsequent analysis of the SRHAD data are considered to make them comparable to the KT31 data. There are some data that are not available via SRHAD and these do have an effect on the figures presented (including the totals) but these are considered to have a minimal effect on the figures.
- There were 2.6 million attendances at NHS community contraceptive clinics made by 1.3 million individuals. This represented an increase of 0.2 per cent (6,000) on the number of attendances in 2009/10 but a decrease of 5 per cent (68,000) on the number of individuals in 2009/10 (1.3 million).
- 1.1 million women attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, a decrease of 6% (68,000) on the previous year (1.2 million).
- 162,000 men attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, a very similar figure to that in 2009/10.
- Among women who attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, the 16-19 year old age group had the highest number of attendances per population. An estimated 21per cent of women in this age group visited a clinic during the year while the equivalent proportion for those aged 15 and under was 8 per cent. Approximately 14 per cent (41,000) of females aged 15 and approximately 4 per cent (27,000) of females aged under 15 (based on the female population aged 13 and 14) attended nationwide in 2010/11.
- Oral contraception was the primary contraceptive method of 42 per cent of women who attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, and it remains the most common primary method.
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