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National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit

June 2018
First NOGCA patient report
The audit has worked with the Oesophageal Patients Association (OPA) and Plain English Campaign to produce its
first patient report. 

The Patient Report is written for patients, family members and carers. It highlights key findings from the 2017 audit and provides information about the care that patients can expect to receive in NHS hospitals.

The OPA welcomes contact from trusts about patient involvement.  For example, clinical leads can attend regional meetings and give presentations.  Find your
nearest OPA branch.

New patient leaflet 
A
new patient leaflet is now available to print for trusts.  This leaflet can be used to explain to patients how their health data will be used by researchers and the NHS.
 
Dataset changes
The 2018-19 dataset changes have gone live in the Clinical Audit Platform (CAP).  

They are minor changes: the updating of TNM version to include TNM8; and the splitting of Oncological Treatment Intent into two data items.

The dataset changes apply to all data submitted to CAP regardless of audit year (i.e. date of diagnosis).

The audit is planning more significant dataset changes for spring 2019.  

We will also be reviewing our online reports.  If you would like to help us improve our online reports, please email og.cancer@nhs.net.
 
Clinical Outcomes Publication (COP)
The 2018 COP data has been published on
AUGIS.  The data will be published on My NHS later this year.

The reporting of the audit’s four new pathology indicators has identified national variation in the practice of harvesting of nodes.  This means circumferential margins cannot always be assessed.  

In 2019 COP will cover five years of data for the first time.
 
2017-18 submission deadlines
The audit is changing to two submission deadlines.  The first deadline has provisionally been planned for October 2018.  We expect the final submission deadline will be before the end of the year.

All users will be contacted as soon as a definite date has been agreed for the first deadline.
 
New Gastro-Intestinal contract
The Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) at the Royal College of Surgeons has been successful in its bid to run the new Gastro-Intestinal Audit.  This brings together NOGCA and the National Bowel Cancer Audit (NBOCA) under one contract.

The CEU were the contract holder for both NOGCA and NBOCA, so there will be continuity of service for users.  The audits will remain as distinct streams within the new contract.  For example, they will have separate submission deadlines and annual reports.