Cancer QPIs

Point of contact:

Belinda Henshaw

Senior Programme Manager
0131 623 4607

Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs)

Better Cancer Care (2008) included a commitment to “develop a work programme which will define how we will take forward … quality indicators for cancer services”. 

To achieve this, the Scottish Cancer Taskforce established the National Cancer Quality Steering Group which is responsible for:

  • the development of small sets (approximately 10-15 indicators) of tumour specific and generic national quality performance indicators (QPIs)
  • overseeing the implementation of the national governance framework that underpins the reporting of performance against national QPIs, and
  • ensuring sustainability of this work programme.

The QPIs have been developed collaboratively with the three Regional Cancer Networks, Information Services Division (ISD), and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. QPIs will be kept under regular review and be responsive to changes in clinical practice and emerging evidence.  

The overarching aim of the cancer quality work programme is to ensure that activity at NHS board level is focussed on areas most important in terms of improving survival and patient experience whilst reducing variance and ensuring safe, effective and person-centred cancer care.

NHS QIS standards currently exist for breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian and core cancer services.  These will now be reviewed to remove duplication and appropriate service frameworks developed to underpin service provision. This work will be initiated and taken forward by Healthcare Improvement Scotland in 2012/13.

Following a period of development, public engagement and finalisation, each set of QPIs will be published by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Accompanying datasets and measurability criteria for QPIs will be published on the ISD website. NHS boards will be required to report against QPIs as part of a mandatory, publicly reported, programme at a national level.


Draft QPIs available for public engagement:

·  Draft Head and Neck Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

Published Date: 8 August 2013