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Lung cancer clinical outcomes publication 2018 (for the audit period 2016)

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This is the fifth report on individual activity of surgeons or their specific contribution to lung cancer care.

    The clinical outcomes publication is an NHS England initiative, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), to publish quality measures at unit level and the level of individual consultant doctor using national clinical audit and administrative data.


    The aims of publishing these results are to:

    • reassure patients that the quality of clinical care is high
    • assist patients in having an informed conversation with their consultant or GP about the procedure or operation they may have
    • provide information to individuals, teams and organisations to allow them to monitor and improve the quality of the clinical care they provide locally and nationally.

    Once again, the number of annual lung cancer operations has increased, yet the short-term survival is still extraordinarily good.

    Doug West, thoracic surgery audit lead


    The following outcomes are reported for surgeons and their hospitals:

    • the number of operations carried out by all the specialist hospitals that provide surgery for lung cancer
    • the names of the consultant surgeons and how many operations each surgeon completed
    • the proportion of patients that survive at 30 days, 90 days and 1 year after their operation
    • length of stay in hospital following an operation.
    • resection rates by the multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) within the specialist hospitals.

    The results have been adjusted to take into account the patient casemix, which may affect the outcome of the operation, for example the age and performance status (PS) of a patient, and the stage of the disease.


    The data relate to patients diagnosed with lung cancer who underwent surgical operations during the period between 1 January and 31 December 2016.

    Data for this study are based on patient-level information collected by the NHS, as part of the care and support of cancer patients. The data are collated, maintained and quality assured by the NCRAS, which is part of Public Health England. The report has been prepared by the National Lung Cancer Audit (NLCA) in collaboration with the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS).

    The data are available on the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) and will be available on NHS Choices and MyNHS.


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    Who's involved


    • The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland
    • National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service

    • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham