Research and analysis

Radiotherapy Services in England 2012

This report sets out the state of radiotherapy services in England.

Applies to England


Radiotherapy services in England 2012

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This report:

  • uses the radiotherapy dataset collection to demonstrate what the data shows about radiotherapy services across England
  • assesses whether the metrics for radiotherapy services, established by the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group (NRIG) report in 2007, remain current
  • 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
  • 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)
  • provides information that will enable services to see how they are progressing against a number of metrics
  • is aimed at commissioners and service providers
  • has been prepared by the NRIG, which advises the Department of Health and Ministers on radiotherapy services in England

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.

Published 6 November 2012