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SACT activity dashboard included in Public Health Scotland COVID-19 wider impacts dashboards

Data on the impact of COVID-19 on delivery of Systematic Anti-Cancer Therapy is now available from a Public Health Scotland dashboard

The impact that COVID-19 is having on the delivery of Systematic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) can now be viewed publicly as part of Public Health Scotland’s (PHS) COVID-19 wider impacts dashboards.

The tool provides an overview of the changes in the delivery of SACT in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. It draws on data collected by the Scottish Cancer Registry and Intelligence Service (SCRIS) through the five instances of ChemoCare databases across Scotland. The dashboard shows trends in the numbers of patients who were treated with SACT since 30 December 2020. It also presents a percentage change against SACT activity delivered between 22nd January to 26th February 2020 prior to the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020. The dashboard is updated on a monthly basis, with breakdowns for each week.

This SACT activity dashboard is an addition to a range of publicly available dashboards, which present the indirect impact that COVID-19 is having on individuals’ health and their use of healthcare services.

SACT activity dashboard part of SCRIS programme

The new SACT activity dashboard has developed directly from work in the Scottish Cancer Registry and Intelligence Service (SCRIS) programme.

After successful connections with all the ChemoCare databases in Scotland in December 2020, a national view of SACT activity data was established by the SCRIS team. As part of the operational recovery of cancer services during the coronavirus pandemic, reporting from a prototype SACT activity dashboard was made available to the Scottish National Cancer Recovery Group. The information allowed them to see how the delivery of cancer treatments was changing due to COVID-19. The prototype dashboard hosted activity data, as well as breakdowns of that activity by type of cancer, delivery route (IV, Oral, Other), and Cancer Network.

The publication of this new dashboard signifies the first publicly available data on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the delivery of SACT in Scotland.

View the SACT activity dashboard in the PHS COVID-19 wider impacts dashboards by selecting the "Cancer" tab.

PHS COVID-19 wider impacts dashboards 

Cancer Intelligence Platform

A major objective of the SCRIS programme is to build a National Cancer Intelligence Platform for Scotland (CIP). The CIP will bring all nationally held Scottish cancer datasets into one place so they can be more efficiently access and analysed by PHS analysts. The development of the CIP is part of the drive for the “Once for Scotland” approach, which aims to establish a national consensus over cancer data collection and linkage.

The CIP is currently in development and, in time, these SACT data will be included within it. Access to the CIP for analysis will initially be restricted to PHS analysts but in future, our ambition is to enable secure access for NHS analysts.

IHDP's involvement in developing SCRIS 

Find out how IHDP has been central in the development of SCRIS

Modernising the Scottish Cancer Registry

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