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Cancer Waiting Times

Summary

The national Cancer Waiting Times (CWT) system allows NHS providers to record data derived from patient care activity. This data can be used to monitor cancer waiting times targets or plan service improvements. As a patient moves through the stages of their treatment pathway data on referrals, treatments and diagnosis are derived from care records locally (decisions on how to collect these data from local systems are made locally).

After collection, the cancer waiting times data can be queried by NHS organisations, cancer networks and the Department of Health to provide reports and feedback on the progress towards meeting these targets.

The Addendum to the National Cancer Waiting Times Monitoring Data Guidance v.9.0 v1.1 provides guidance about the Inter Provider Transfers and Faster Diagnosis Standard requirements of cancer waiting times and seeks to ensure that staff from both informatics and clinical teams understand the data they need to be reporting on.

 

Frequency: Monthly

Launch and submission dates

More information on report generation dates can be found on Report generation dates

Final upload deadlines and report generation dates for the Cancer Waiting Times System are below.

Monthly Reports Quarterly Reports Bulk Upload Deadline On Screen Edits Deadline Generation Date
Sep-18 Q2 - 2018-2019 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 Thursday, 1 November 2018 Friday, 2 November 2018
Oct-18   Monday, 3 December 2018 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 Wednesday, 5 December 2018
April 2018 to September 2018 revisions Q1 - 2018- 2019 and Q2 2018-2019 Monday 3 December 2018 Tuesday 4 December 2018 Wednesday 5 December 2018
Nov-18   Friday, 4 January 2019 Monday, 7 January 2019 Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Dec-18 Q3 - 2018-2019 Friday, 1 February 2019 Monday, 4 February 2019 Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Jan-19   Tuesday, 5 March 2019 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 Thursday, 7 March 2019
Feb-19   Tuesday, 2 April 2019 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 Thursday, 4 April 2019
Mar-19 Q4 - 2018-2019 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 Wednesday, 1 May 2019 Thursday, 2 May 2019
Apr-19   Monday, 3 June 2019 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Oct 2018 to Mar 2019 revisions Q3 2018-19 and Q4 2018-19 revisions Monday, 3 June 2019 Tuesday, 4 June 2020 Wednesday, 5 June 2020
May-19   Wednesday, 3 July 2019 Thursday, 4 July 2019 Friday, 5 July 2019
Jun-19 Q1 - 2019-2020 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 Thursday, 1 August 2019 Friday, 2 August 2019
Jul-19   Tuesday, 3 September 2019 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 Thursday, 5 September 2019
Aug-19   Wednesday, 2 October 2019 Thursday, 3 October 2019 Friday, 4 October 2019
Sep-19 Q2 - 2019-2020 Thursday, 31 October 2019 Friday, 1 November 2019 Monday, 4 November 2019
Oct-19   Monday, 2 December 2019 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Apr 2019 to Sept 2019 revisions Q1 2019-20 and Q2 2019-20 revisions Monday, 2 December 2019 Tuesday, 3 December 10 Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Nov-19   Thursday, 2 January 2020 Friday, 3 January 2020 Monday, 6 January 2020
Dec-19 Q3 - 2019-2020 Monday, 3 February 2020 Tuesday, 4 February 2020 Wednesday, 5 February
Jan-20   Wednesday, 3 March 2020 Thursday 5 March 2020 Friday 6 March 2020

Reporting and publication of inter-provider transfers

Patient activity Reporting logic Monthly report published Quarterly report published
Sep-18 Old Logic Nov-18 November 2018 (Q2 2018-19 patient activity)
Oct-18 Old Logic Dec-18  
Nov-18 Old Logic Jan-19  
Dec-18 Old Logic Feb-19 February 2019 (Q3 2018-19 patient activity)
Jan-19 Old Logic Mar-19  
Feb-19 Old Logic Apr-19  
Mar-19 Old Logic May-19 May 2019 (Q4 2018-19 patient activity)
Apr-19 New Logic Jun-19  
May-19 New Logic Jul-19  
Jun-19 New Logic Aug-19 August 2019 (Q1 2019-20 patient activity)

 

 

 

Guidance

Contact Details

  • To raise an issue with the Cancer Waiting Times System contact the National Service Desk at NHS Digital:

National Service Desk
Email: ssd.nationalservicedesk@nhs.net
Phone: 0300 303 5035

  • To raise an issue regarding policy, procedure or national statistics contact the Cancer Waiting Times team at NHS England:

england.cancerwaitsdata@nhs.net

 

Further Information

The National Cancer Waiting Times system now uses the same set of Cancer Network codes as used by the Cancer Action Team and the Department of Health.

Why and how we process your data in the Cancer Waiting Times (CWT) system, and your rights.

 

UK Cancer Data and Information

International Cancer Organisations

UK Cancer Tools and Intelligence

Last edited: 4 February 2019 2:50 pm