Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer. Around 44,500 people are diagnosed with the condition every year in the UK. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK after breast cancer and is the commonest cause of cancer-related death. The National Lung Cancer Audit (NLCA) was developed in response to the finding in the late 1990s that outcomes for lung cancer patients in the UK lagged behind those in other westernised countries, and varied considerably between organisations within the UK. The audit began collecting data nationally in 2005, and since then has become an exemplar of national cancer audit. In 2015 the Royal College of Physicians won the tender to run the audit for the next three-to-five years.
The NLCA has previously achieved outstanding levels of NHS participation with data being used to drive improvements in the quality of care for people with lung cancer. The Royal College of Physicians aims to build on this success by delivering a new NLCA that incorporates key advances in the field of lung cancer, diagnosis and treatment, whilst retaining the most successful elements of the previous audit.
Additional information on all HQIP-commissioned projects including inclusion and exclusion criteria, data collection periods, and reporting dates, is available on the National Clinical Audit and Enquiries Directory. For further information about this project, please contact the project team directly using the contact details listed in the ‘Supplier Info’ section above.
Clinical Outcomes Publication (COP)
This project publishes outcome data as part of the Clinical Outcomes Publication programme. For further details about this programme, please see HQIP’s COP webpages.
Data collected on behalf of HQIP by all NCAPOP projects is routinely reported and these reports are available in the ‘Latest resources’ section. The reported data is also placed on the data.gov.uk website. Data is also placed upon MyNHSand NHS Choices.
This audit utilises existing datasets rather than bespoke data collection. For details of how to apply for data that is not in the public domain, please contact the project team directly.
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