The GUMCAD STI Surveillance System is the new name for the Genitourinary Medicine Clinic Activity Dataset
( GUMCAD ).(GUMCAD).
GUMCAD is the mandatory surveillance system for STIs and collects data on STI tests, diagnoses and services from all commissioned sexual health services in England. It is an electronic, pseudonymised patient-level dataset reported by about 400 services.
UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) co-ordinates and manages the quarterly data collection, processing, storage, analysis, and reporting of GUMCAD data on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
All commissioned specialist (level 3) and non-specialist (level 2) sexual health services are required to complete and return GUMCAD data to UKHSA.
Further details on the development of GUMCAD are available in this article in Eurosurveillance. Details on the levels of sexual health service provision are available in the Standards for the management of STIs provided by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.
How to submit GUMCAD data
These documents provide details on the completion, extraction and secure transmission of GUMCAD data to UKHSA.
: starter pack
: clinical guidelines
: data specification and technical guidance
GUMCAD and CTAD
: data submission for STI self-sampling services
When to submit GUMCAD data
|January to March
1210 May 20232024
|April to June
119 August 20232024
|July to September
108 November 20232024
|October to December
97 February 20242025
How to access GUMCAD data
areis subject to strict data sharing principles that are given in the HIV and STI data sharing policy.
Information on STI tests, diagnoses and sexual health services provided in England are available in a variety of formats.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs
):) annual data tables
These official statistics present information on STI diagnoses and sexual health services provided in England by demographic characteristics and geographical region.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles
These provide local area data on sexual health, reproductive health and HIV diagnoses and services through interactive maps and charts.
HIV and STI Data Exchange
These are restricted-access reports for monitoring local, regional and national sexual health trends. They are accessible to registered NHS and local authority users only. Reports available include:
- local authority STI and HIV epidemiology reports
( LASERs )
GUMCAD STI diagnoses and services reports
CTAD data quality reports
NCSP quarterly data tables
- chlamydia re-testing following a positive diagnosis report
The principles for accessing and sharing GUMCAD data
areis given in the HIV and STI data sharing policy.
A wide array of information on sexual health, reproductive health and HIV is available from UKHSA and other organisations.
Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV in England
A guide to local and national data helps professionals including local government, service providers and commissioners understand the sexual health, reproductive health and HIV data available across England and how the data can be accessed.
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