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Cancer Waiting Times


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Rules and Guidance

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Health Boards submit data to the Cancer Waiting Times datamart on a monthly basis. For guidance on data & definitions, submission and validation please see:

Boards are encouraged to check their figures in the Monthly Management Information via the Standard BOXI reports created by ISD. Guidance on how to use BOXI and the form to request access can be found here:

Non-standard technologies are technologies which are not accessible to all users. This is considered inequitable and penalises those NHS Boards that provide additional services and have the burden of responsibility for providing first treatment for meeting the 31-day standard. Treating and referring NHS Boards in regions where such a treatment is offered can apply waiting times adjustments. Adjustment is from the date that the Non-Standard Technology is available back to when an alternative treatment would have been available to the patient. The list of current Non-Standard Technologies and the adjustments that can be made is reviewed annually. The list was last reviewed with effect from 1 April 2016, based on date of first treatment, and identifies type of treatment by tumour site and whether an adjustment can be applied. The current list and older version are available here:

A rolling programme of short term audits, looking at additional cancer types, has been taken forward by ISD for management and information purposes only. These are available here:

Data Quality

Data Quality Assurance

In order to promote consistency in recording practice, a Frequently Asked Questions document can be accessed using the link below.

A metadata table relating to Cancer and other waiting times can be accessed using the link below:

Metadata relating to waiting times publications Download Excel file [100Kb]


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