NABCOP Data Flow

The datasets used for National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients (NABCOP) are detailed in the NABCOP Combined Data Specification, and are supplied by the national cancer registration services.  For England, this is the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS).  For Wales, this is the Cancer Network Information System Cymru (CANISC).

NABCOP does not receive sensitive patient identifiers.  The multiple datasets received by the Audit include unique but anonymous identifiers, used for the sole purposes of linking the separate datasets received – to conduct the audit’s analyses. All reporting of the analysis findings is on anonymised aggregated information; for example by English NHS Trusts and Welsh Health Board.

More detail about the movement of data from NCRAS and CANISC is provided in the NABCOP data flow diagram.

The Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), where the NABCOP project team is based, acts as a data processor for the Audit. Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) is the data controller.

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