This report presents the findings from a detailed investigation into what data and information on cancer rehabilitation services exists across London.
Our report, Cancer rehabilitation: a scoping report for London, highlighted that there is a lack of data on these services.
This presents a challenge for commissioners when it comes to developing and improving rehabilitation services for patients affected by cancer. Commissioners are having to make decisions without adequate data on what services are available locally, who is using them and how often, what the impact and benefits of those services are, and what services are needed to fulfil unmet needs.
Cancer rehabilitation services – data recommendation report finds there is no existing database of cancer rehabilitation metrics that can support the needs of commissioners in London and help inform their decision making.
Working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, our Transforming Cancer Services Team has now designed a minimum dataset to collect and collate information at a London-wide level to help support commissioners to improve services. This data will include patient demographics, provider information, information about the cancer and information about the treatment. It will be piloted in a number of London sites and published in 2018 alongside the commissioning guidance on cancer rehabilitation services which we are also developing.