National Cancer Dataset Overview

NATIONAL CANCER WAITING TIMES MONITORING DATASET

Introduction

DSCN 22/2002 introduced a central electronic collection of patient level information to monitor waiting times in line with targets in the National Cancer Plan.

Reporting

QMCW

The existing QMCW will be phased out when data outlined in the DSCN is submitted via a central database and the data is of an acceptable quality. Until notification otherwise, the QMCW must be submitted to the Department.

Patient level information

Information is to be submitted onto a national database that has been developed and maintained by the NHS Connecting for Health. The Trust first seeing a patient in a particular month or quarter is responsible for ensuring that the mandated data fields, up to date first seen, are complete on the database by the national deadline. The Trust first treating a patient in a particular month or quarter is responsible for ensuring that the mandated data fields on that patient are complete on the database by the national deadline.

How the dataset is transmitted

Information can be entered either manually through the Cancer Waiting Times Record screen or via the upload screen. The specification for the upload file is detailed in 'Cancer Waiting Times CSV Upload file format' available at http://www.nhsia.nhs.uk/cancer/dataset

Security and Confidentiality

A confidentiality pack is being prepared to accompany the collection of this information. This document should be available at http://www.nhsia.nhs.uk/cancer/dataset

Further guidance "Cancer Waiting Times - A Guide" has been produced by the Department of Health and is available at www.nhsia.nhs.uk/cancer/dataset.