Radiotherapy Services in England 2012 sets out the up to date position on the state of radiotherapy services in this country.
This uses the radiotherapy dataset collection to demonstrate what the data really tells us about radiotherapy services across the country and assesses whether the metrics for radiotherapy services, established by the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group report in 2007, remain current. The report is aimed primarily at commissioners and service providers.
The report has been prepared by the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group (NRIG), established to advise the Department of Health and Ministers on radiotherapy services in England. The NRIG includes representatives from all relevant professional bodies, commissioners, service managers and lay representatives.
Radiotherapy remains a priority for the service and commissioners should ensure that access rates and the use of advanced radiotherapy techniques, such as intensity modulated radiotherapy, are appropriate for their populations. The report shows that there is more to be done to ensure that the right access levels are reached and that the service has the capacity to deliver at those levels. It also identifies variation in doses of radiotherapy prescribed by clinicians around the country. Local services now need to examine how much of this variation is clinically appropriate.
The Radiotherapy Services in England 2012 report provides information that will enable services to see at a glance how they are progressing against a number of metrics: