National Cancer Waiting Times Monitoring Data Set: Change

Closed 7 Aug 2017

Opened 13 Jul 2017

Results Updated 30 Oct 2017

50 responses were collected for the public consultation: these responses came from 38 cancer service providers, 3 IT system suppliers, 4 CCG representatives and 5 other organisations.

The main feedback received can be summarised as:

- Multiple providers said that as long as the IT system suppliers can implement the changes in the time frame then no problems are foreseen

- Multiple providers welcomed the new revision process and new functionality to alert providers to changes made to records they have an interest in

- There were some concerns about being able to allocate resource to testing of the new system

- There were some concerns about being able to start collecting new data items by 1st April 2018 due to process changes and additional resource needed, and there were concerns about being able to collect new data items relating to the Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS) by 1st July

- Several providers noted that Cancer Alliances should be supportive and involved in the communication and implementation of the changes

- There was a need to know more about the new FDS, including data definitions, information on which patients it will apply to and what the threshold will be

- There was a need to know more about the new inter-provider transfer items, what constitutes a referral between Trusts, and how breach allocation will work and ensure that breaches are allocated fairly

- Free text fields for breach reasons are burdensome and not useful

- The usefulness of one of the new data items, CWT102 ("PRIMARY CANCER SITE (CANCER FASTER DIAGNOSIS PATHWAY)"), was called into question given cancer type is captured in CWT021 using ICD10 codes; additionally several respondents requested changes to the national codes for this item

- Many providers still use old internet browsers and it will be essential that the system works with these.

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Overview

NHS England and NHS Digital are introducing changes to the National Cancer Waiting Times Monitoring Data Set and we would like your feedback on the proposed changes.

The changes include:

  • new data items to support the new 28 Day Faster Diagnosis operational standard and breach allocation policy
  • replacement of collection system within NHS Digital.

Together with our stakeholders and data experts, we have developed a draft data set and we are now seeking opinions on the feasibility of collecting the new/changed data items. In addition we want to get your views on the proposed implementation and functionality of the new system.

Before answering our questions, it would be helpful for you to read the Related Documents (below).

NHS England and NHS Digital are very grateful for your participation in this consultation. Your feedback will be reviewed by our Project Board on 8 August 2017 before we finalise the changes to the data set and system functionality, prior to submission for approval by the Data Coordination Board.

What Happens Next

NHS England and NHS Digital are very grateful for your participation in this consultation. Your feedback was reviewed by our Project Board on 8 August 2017 and significant changes were made in response, particularly in relation to the implementation timeline for the Faster Diagnosis Standard.

The new data set was approved by the Data Coordination Board in September and an Information Standards Notice, published on 5 October 2017, is available at: http://content.digital.nhs.uk/isce/publication/dcb0147. Implementation of the new data set will begin from April 2018.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Cancer Services
  • Information Teams
  • Clinicians
  • Data Consumers
  • System Suppliers

Interests

  • Information Standards
  • Data Collections
  • Cancer services