Today we have published our Rapid Review of NHS Test and Trace statistics (England).

The pace at which the NHS Test and Trace Programme has been developed has been unprecedented. It is clear that providing these timely statistics is the result of a huge amount of work by individuals across a range of teams and organisations.

We welcome the publication of this important data in an orderly release which demonstrates a commitment to the Code of Practice for Statistics. We also appreciate the openness with which the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has engaged with us throughout our review.

The volume of data in the public domain and the wealth of questions around Coronavirus that currently remain unanswered make this a challenging environment. DHSC should be at the forefront of addressing these challenges.  DHSC should develop clearer information on how data in the Test and Trace publication fit with other statistics or research outputs as well as prioritising developments to the publication which focus on understanding the effectiveness of the NHS Test and Trace Programme.

We welcome DHSC’s commitment to improving the statistics and look forward to seeing continued developments.