The Radiotherapy Data Set (RTDS) allows for the routine collection of clinically and managerially relevant ACTIVITY data from Radiotherapy centres to provide operational data to enable bench marking and to support enhancing clinical practice, in addition to commissioning or monitoring Radiotherapy Services in an evidence-based manner.
Radiotherapy is a major modality in the treatment of cancer and also represents a significant sector within the NHS, in terms of both workforce and capital investment.
All NHS funded facilities in England providing Radiotherapy Services are required to return data to Public Health England (PHE) for all ACTIVITY undertaken on External Beam Radiotherapy (Teletherapy) and Brachytherapy MACHINES, or with radioisotopes not contained within an External Beam Radiotherapy (Teletherapy) or Brachytherapy MACHINE.
Where admitted PATIENTS attend for Radiotherapy, a Radiotherapy Attendance record should be submitted to Public Health England along with the Out-Patient Commissioning Data Set for the In-Patient Attendance.
The Radiotherapy Data Set should be submitted to Public Health England by the 20th working day of each month. The extracts should include all Radiotherapy Attendance records for the previous calendar month.
The Mandation column indicates the recommendation for the inclusion of data:
- M = Mandatory: this data element is mandatory and the technical process (e.g. submission of the data set, production of output etc) cannot be completed without this data element being present
- R = Required: NHS business processes cannot be delivered without this data element
- O = Optional: the inclusion of this data element is optional as required for local purposes.