Providers of NHS-funded radiotherapy services are required to submit a monthly return on their delivery of radiotherapy treatments.
About this information standard
The purpose of the Radiotherapy Data Set is to:
collect consistent and comparable data across all NHS acute trust providers of radiotherapy services and all private facilities where delivery is funded by the NHS
provide nationally comparable data to inform the planning, provision and commissioning of radiotherapy services across the NHS.
It has been a mandatory standard since April 2009 and collects information for every patient receiving treatment of:
external beam radiotherapy (teletherapy)
radioisotope therapy (including radioiodine)
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. The other key documents (Change Request, Specification and Implementation Guide) provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.