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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards

Published: 18 Dec 2019

Performance data on the current Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standards - priorities set and agreed between the Scottish Government and NHS Boards to provide assurance on NHS Scotland performance. 

NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards
Detect Cancer Early

LDP Standard

Increase the proportion of people diagnosed and treated in the first stage of breast, colorectal and lung cancer by 25%.

Current national performance

In Scotland, there was an 3.3% increase in the percentage of people diagnosed at stage 1 for breast, colorectal or lung cancer (combined) between the baseline (calendar years 2010 & 2011 combined) and Year 9 (calendar years 2019 & 2020 combined).

About this LDP standard

Cancer survival is a key measure of the effectiveness of health care systems.

The earlier that cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the survival outcomes. Although cancer survival has improved, the UK still lags behind performance in other European countries. Improving the percentage of early stage diagnoses will mean fewer premature deaths from cancer and this will have a positive effect on overall life expectancy in Scotland.

Scottish Government and NHSScotland aim to address this in the Detect Cancer Early programme and improve survival outcomes for people with cancer to amongst the best in Europe. Breast, colorectal and lung cancers were chosen to be included as they are the most common in Scotland accounting for 45% of all cancers in 2011. This LDP standard will be used as a proxy indicator of survival outcome and as a lever for whole systems approach to improvement with a continued drive to improve on the current high quality cancer service provision and patient and carer experience.

Cancer staging is the process of determining the extent to which a cancer has developed and spread, on a scale from 1 to 4. ‘Stage 1’ represents the earliest stage of detection, and patients diagnosed at this stage have better associated outcomes.

Following additional quality assurance, a planned revision and publication showing the impact of the pandemic on cancer staging compared with data from pre-pandemic will be published on 2 November 2021.

Performance against this standard

The standard is for NHSScotland to achieve a 25% increase in the percentage of breast, colorectal and lung cancer cases (combined) diagnosed at stage 1.  This is the equivalent of a national rate of stage 1 diagnosis for breast, colorectal or lung cancer (combined) of 29.2%.

The national baseline for the DCE LDP standard is 23.3% (based on combined calendar years 2010 & 2011).   There was an 3.3% increase to 24.1% in the percentage of people diagnosed at stage 1 for breast, colorectal or lung cancer (combined) between the baseline of combined calendar years 2010 & 2011, and 2010 & 2020.

Further information on the rationale behind the choice of data source and calculation of the standard baseline can be found in the Technical Note below. A letter was also sent to the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament to coincide with the publication of Cancer staging statistics and the Technical Note (second link below).

 

The graph below shows national performance of the Detect Cancer Early standard since combined calendar years 2010 & 2011.

NHS Board level performance is shown for the most recent time period in the table below.

The table below shows the percentage of people diagnosed and treated in the first stage of breast, colorectal and lung cancer, by NHS Board, for combined calendar years 2019 & 2020.

NHS Board

Combined Calendar Years 2019 & 2020

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

19.6%

NHS BORDERS

23.6%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

26.9%

NHS FIFE

22.5%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

24.3%

NHS GRAMPIAN

22.3%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

25.8%

NHS HIGHLAND

23.5%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

25.5%

NHS LOTHIAN

25.8%

NHS ORKNEY

14.1%

NHS SHETLAND

23.0%

NHS TAYSIDE

21.6%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

22.4%

NHSSCOTLAND

24.1%

Source: PHS Detect Cancer Early data collected from local National Prospective Cancer Audit data sets.

Further information

Technical note on the calculation of the baseline for the Detect Cancer Early HEAT target (May 2013)

Health and Sport Committee Letter

PHS Cancer Publications

Detect Cancer Early Staging data

Detect Cancer Early Implementation Plan

Cancer Waiting Times

Related National Outcomes

Page updated: 26 October 2021