The information in the National Cancer Waiting Times Monitoring Data Set is required to provide details on cancer SERVICES in England. This enables the performance monitoring of Health Care Providers and Clinical Commissioning Groups in order to maintain and increase standards across England.
Cancer Waiting Times data relates to:
- a performance standard that PATIENTS should wait no longer than 28 days from initial referral by a GENERAL PRACTITIONER to diagnosis or ruling out of cancer (the 28 Day Faster Diagnosis Standard) introduced by the Independent Cancer Taskforce, 'Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes'.
The 'Cancer Reform Strategy (2007)' introduced new and changed commitments in terms of service standards for cancer PATIENTS that must be met. A Review of Cancer Waiting Times Standards was carried out by the Department of Health and Social Care and published alongside 'Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer (2011)'.
The National Cancer Waiting Times Monitoring Data Set supports the continued management and monitoring of the following waiting times:
- A maximum 28 day wait from a referral to an Assessment CLINIC OR FACILITY following the identification of an abnormality by an NHS Cancer Screening Service to having cancer either diagnosed or ruled out (CANCER FASTER DIAGNOSIS PATHWAY END DATE), or DECISION TO TREAT DATE, whichever comes first, for all suspected cancers
- A maximum two week wait from referral for breast symptoms (where cancer is not initially suspected) to DATE FIRST SEEN.
Patient Pathway Scenarios:
- Data can be transmitted to the Cancer Waiting Times System through any of three routes:
- Bulk upload via an XML file
- Bulk upload via a CSV file
- Single record entry through the Cancer Waiting Times Submission portal
- Data for XML submission will be formatted into an XML file as per Technology Reference Data Update Distribution (TRUD) at: NHS Data Model and Dictionary: DD XML Schemas