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Female Genital Mutilation: Quarterly statistics published

02 December 2015: Experimental statistics showing the number of women and girls identified by the NHS in England as having Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), have been published today.

Some regional data are available

Female Genital Mutilation - July-September 2015, Experimental Statistics, Enhanced Dataset, has been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. This is the second quarterly publication of these new statistics.

The data show the number of women and girls newly recorded as having FGM during the period, as well as those cases which have been previously recorded and have been treated by the NHS during the three month period. Those aged over and under 18 are recorded, with some information available by NHS Commissioning Region and Clinical Commissioning Group.

These Experimental Statistics follow earlier publication of statistics from the FGM Prevalence Dataset, which was collected from 1 September 2014 to 31 March 2015. The FGM Prevalence Dataset collected non-identifiable aggregate data from patients treated in acute NHS Trusts in England. The new Enhanced Dataset collects individual level data and includes a wider range of information. These two datasets cannot be directly compared.

It became mandatory for acute NHS trusts to submit FGM data on 1 July 2015 and for GP practices and mental health trusts from 1 October 2015.

The full report can be viewed at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/fgmsep15

Today the Health and Social Care Information Centre will also be publishing Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and Accident and Emergency data, which includes a Topic of Interest focusing on Intentional Self Harm. This can be found at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/hesapr15aug15

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Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 260 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. "Experimental statistics" are new official statistics that are undergoing evaluation. A key part of the "Experimental statistics" label is user engagement in the evaluation of those statistics. The HSCIC invites readers to comment on this publication, which will help inform the next report. Comments may be sent to enquiries@hscic.gov.uk.

3. For media enquires or interview requests please contact media@hscic.gov.uk or telephone 0300 30 33 888. Please note the change to our media line number.

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