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National Cancer Waiting Times Monitoring Data Set

About this information standard

The National Cancer Waiting Times Monitoring Data Set (NCWTMDS) is used by the NHS and Department of Health to:

  • monitor timed pathways of care for cancer patients
  • manage pathways of care for cancer patients
  • performance manage elective services for cancer patients
  • report against the requirements of the NHS Operating Framework for cancer waiting times
  • support the right to access cancer services within the NHS Constitution (the two week wait)
  • produce national, official and local statistics for cancer patients
  • support investment planning for cancer services.

This information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the Requirements Specification and Implementation Guidance documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.

Update 17 February 2016: A corrigendum has been issued to note the correction in the published documents of the organisation providing authority to publish. The Information Standards Notice listed the correct organisation, NHS England, but other documents referred to the Department of Health. On this occasion, the documents below have been corrected.

Current release

Release date30 October 2015
Release numberAmd 7/2015
Release titleVersion 1.2
Key documents
Supporting documents
Further informationHSCIC Cancer Waiting Times
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