ACTION is needed to reverse the declining numbers of women attending cervical screenings.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust wants doctors to make use of an online data tool used by health services which can show where services should be targeted.

The interactive data dashboard provides in-depth information on screening levels and shows where they could be improved. It was launched a year ago by NHS Digital, Public Health England (PHE) and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “Cervical screening attendance is in decline and it is only through concerted and collaborative action that we are going to see this trend reverse."

During Cervical Screening Awareness Week (this week), Jo’s trust has welcomed efforts by CCGs who have used the information — and urged more providers and commissioners to do the same.

Cervical screening coverage in England has decreased in each of the last three years, annual figures published by NHS Digital show. Cervical screenings, or smear tests, help guard against 75 per cent of cervical cancers.