The SACT data set collects information on the use of systemic anti-cancer therapies across all NHS England trusts.
Systemic anti-cancer therapies, including chemotherapy, have been provided in the NHS for decades but no national recording of treatment had previously existed.
SACT treatments are increasingly successful but are ever more complex and expensive. Accurate, timely and complete data collection to support optimal use is a priority. The SACT data set is a unique tool capturing this information on a national scale.
What the SACT data set offers
The SACT data set is an important initiative with a wide range of benefits. It has been designed to:
- provide a clear picture of patterns of systemic anti-cancer therapy use across England
- understand resources required for service provision and support commissioning decisions
- link to other data sources, to provide a complete picture of the cancer patient pathway
What the SACT data set includes
SACT contains 44 data items which cover:
- patient and tumour characteristics
- trust and consultant details
- treatment characteristics including drug names and drug combinations (regimens)
- outcome fields
SACT Information is reported by NHS trusts on the treatment of all patients with cancer
The data set includes details of:
- adult and paediatric patients
- acute inpatient, outpatient and community settings
- all solid and haematological malignancies
- patients in clinical trials
Management of the SACT data set
The SACT data set is collected by the SACT Team within the National Disease Registration Service (NDRS) at NHS England. This is made possible by legal permission granted to NDRS. There are strict and careful controls ensuring that the data can only be used to inform improvements in patient care.
The SACT team is the central collation point for all SACT data submissions in England and is responsible for management and quality assurance of the data, and for providing support to submitting trusts. Along with the wider NDRS teams, the SACT team provide an analytical function to make clinically approved reports using SACT data available to key stakeholders.