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Cancer 62 Day Patient Target List (CANPTL62)

Cancer 62 Day Patient Target List (CANPTL62) data collection.

Background to the collection

Frequency: Weekly

The 'Cancer 62 Day Patient Target List' (CANPTL62) collection is a weekly snapshot which shows the number of patients on the cancer 62-day pathway, who are at risk of breaching the 62-day standard (two month/62-day wait from urgent GP referral to first definitive treatment).

Launch and submission dates

The data collection will open each Monday and the submission deadline will be at the end of the day on Wednesday for submission of the previous week’s data. By exception this timetable may change, to for example, accommodate bank holidays.

SDCS guidance

For guidance using the Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS), refer to the SDCS guidance page.

Submission template guidance

The collection is submitted by trusts which provide cancer services.

Different terms are used interchangeably for the abbreviation 'PTL': Patient Target List and Priority Tracking List.

The patients on the 62-day pathway are all patients who are referred via an urgent referral for suspected cancer from a GP or GDP (known as two week wait patients) where cancer has not been excluded.

A two week wait patient only comes off the 62-day pathway when a cancer diagnosis is excluded.

Where a trust refers a 62-day patient to another trust for treatment, the patient should be removed from the referring trust’s 62-day PTL and added to the receiving Trust’s PTL. In such cases, the patients start date on the 62-day pathway remains the same, that is: the patient must still be treated within 62 days of the original GP referral.

The collection is in 3 sections:

  • section 1 - patients on the 62-day target list without a decision to treat
  • section 2 - patients on the 62-day target list with a decision to treat
  • section 3 - patients on the 62-day pathway who received their first treatment in the last 7 days

Section 1 - Patients on 62-day target list without a decision to treat

Patients to include:

  • those that have not yet had a decision to treat. They are defined as all two week wait patients who are in the diagnostic phase of the pathway. Some of these patients will be diagnosed with cancer and some will have a non-cancer diagnosis

Data items:

  • number of patients without a decision to treat who will breach target within 15-28 days
  • number of patients without a decision to treat who will breach target within 8-14 days
  • number of patients without a decision to treat who will breach target within 1-7 days
  • number of patients without a decision to treat whose breach date has already passed (but have not yet received first treatment) of which both the following will also be included:
    • number of patients who passed their breach date during the last seven days
    • number of patients who have breached beyond 104 days

Section 2 - Patients on 62-day target list with a decision to treat

Patients to include:

  • those that have had a decision to treat but do not have a date for first treatment
  • those that have had a decision to treat, have a date for first treatment but that date will not prevent a breach

In both cases, where treatment dates are past the breach date the treatment date should be re-arranged to be within target (subject to appropriate clinical exceptions).

Data items:

  • number of patients with a decision to treat who will breach target within 15-28 days
  • number of patients with a decision to treat who will breach target within 8-14 days
  • number of patients with a decision to treat who will breach target within 1-7 days
  • number of patients with a decision to treat whose breach date has already passed (but have not yet received first treatment) of which the following will also be included:
    • number of patients who passed their breach date during the last seven days
    • number of patients who have breached beyond 104 days

Section 3 – Patients on the 62-day pathway who received their first treatment in the last 7 days

Patients to include:

  • those who received their first definitive treatment in the last 7 days

Data Items:

  • number of patients treated in the last seven days that were not treated within the target time
  • number of patients treated in the last seven days within the target time
  • comments – Details of any breaches in the last 7 days

Do not include any patient identifiable information in this section.

Contact details

Any queries should be emailed to: england.cancerwaitsdata@nhs.net

Last edited: 16 January 2020 11:57 am