The National Bowel Cancer Audit is a high-profile, collaborative, national clinical audit for bowel
cancer, including colon and rectal cancer.
The 2015 Annual Report for the National Bowel Cancer Audit has been published, the report can be found here
The report is prepared by the HSCIC in partnership with the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPBGI) and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).
This year, we have also produced individual Trust level reports, they have been compiled by the National Bowel Cancer Audit to allow
the review of process and outcome measures at the trust and network level.
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK after breast and lung cancer, with approximately 40,000 new cases registered
each year. Occurrence of colorectal cancer is strongly related to age, with almost three quarters of cases occurring in people aged 65 or over. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of
cancer death in the UK.
The audit aims to improve the quality of care and survival of patients with bowel cancer, and meets the requirements as set out in the
NHS cancer plan, NICE guidelines and the report of the Bristol Royal Infirmary inquiry.
We want to help make sure that people with bowel cancer receive the best care possible. The more we know about the prevention, diagnosis,
treatment and care of this disease and the outcomes, the more can be done to improve things. The National Bowel Cancer Audit is designed to provide this vital information.
What does it measure?
Information in the audit includes:
audit participation by NHS Trust and data completeness for key
measures about the process of care given to patients
information about care outcomes and treatment
How is the data collected?
The audit includes all NHS Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales.
The audit is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes
Programme (NCAPOP), and delivered jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Clinical Effectiveness Unit, the Health and Social Care Information Centre and the Association of
Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI).
The Health and Social Care Information Centre provides project management and technical infrastructure, while the ACPGBI provides clinical
leadership and direction.
How to participate
All patients with a diagnosis of bowel cancer admitted for the first time to a NHS Trust in England or Health Board in Wales are eligible for
inclusion in the audit.
In order to allow trusts to plan for the submission of data for the 2016 Annual Report, the National Bowel Cancer Audit wish to advise that
these will be the dates for data submission (patients diagnosed between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015):
5th October 2015
First submission deadline for 2016 AR and 2016 COP
19th October 2015
Audit team will feedback on data extracted on 5th October
2nd November 2015
Second data submission deadline and final deadline for patients data to be linked the HES and death data (any new patient submitted after this date will not be included in the COP)
11th December 2015
Extended data submission deadline and final deadline for patients data to be linked the HES and death data
Trusts who submit data to the Audit data collection system using the Somerset Cancer Registry (SCR) can visit the SCR website to view their
fully updated SCR mapping documentation. The documentation shows how codes entered into local Somerset systems map to codes with the Audit dataset as part of data upload process.
Publication of the audit results
The 2015 Annual Report was published 14 December 2015. This covers patients diagnosed between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.
The 2016 Annual Report is scheduled to be published in the autumn of 2016
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