The National Lung Cancer Audit report 2016 demonstrates the key findings from the 12th annual audit for lung cancer patients diagnosed in 2015 in England, Wales, Guernsey and Scotland. The purpose of the audit is to review the quality of lung cancer care, to highlight areas for improvement and to reduce variation in practice.
We have produced our first patient-level booklet to help inform lung cancer patients, their families and their carers about the level of care they can expect. Working with the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation we consulted lung cancer patients, their carers and their families to help us write this booklet, which showcases the results from our 2016 annual report.
In our previous annual report (patients diagnosed in 2014), we made recommendations that lung cancer services should set out to achieve, covering data quality, process of care and treatment. Below we report the overall national performance (England, Wales, Guernsey) against these measures. Scotland does not provide individual patient data and therefore is not included in this overall measurement.
More detailed results are reported in the key findings and recommendations section of the annual report.
There remains wide and unacceptable variation in standards of care between organisations.