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Improvements for breast cancer surgery patients

A national programme to improve the breast care surgical pathway has reported  improvements to quality of care and large reductions in the length of hospital stays for breast cancer surgery patients after it used Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data from HSCIC.

NHS Improvement (now NHS Improving Quality) took the information which was analysed by the National Clinical Analysis and Specialised Applications Team (NATCANSAT) and used it, along with other activities, to streamline processes for the breast care surgical pathway. Between 2007-08 and 2011-12, this contributed to:

  • improved patient experience (quality of care)
  • increased proportion of planned surgery done as a day case from 27 per cent to 40 per cent.
  • reduced average length of hospital stay by 50 per cent.
  • reduced bed days by 49 per cent.

pdf icon Full benefits case study - NATCANSAT breast surgery [447kb]

pdf icon Summary benefits case study - NATCANSAT breast surgery [139kb]

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