Head and Neck Cancer QPIs

Closed 23 Apr 2018

Opened 20 Mar 2018


Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland.  In April 2014, Head and Neck Cancer QPIs were published, and following 3 years of national comparative data, these have now been subject to formal review. 

In order to ensure success of the National Cancer QPIs in driving quality improvement it is critical that QPIs continue to be clinically relevant and focus on areas which will result in improvements to the quality of patient care. 

The consultation engagement document which sets out all the detail relating to each QPI can be found at the following link: https://consult.gov.scot/nhs/head-and-neck-cancer-qpi/user_uploads/head-and-neck-cancer---formal-review-engagement-document-2.pdf

Why We Are Consulting

Wide clinical and public engagement is crucial to ensure wide inclusiveness of clinical colleagues across NHSScotland.  It is also vital to include the patients and the public as key stakeholders in this consultation to ensure the acceptability of the QPIs.  We would like your comments on the Revised Head and Neck Cancer QPIs.  In particular we would like to hear your views on:

  • The appropriateness of the QPIs that have been developed.
  • The target levels that have been set.
  • Key points or areas that are not covered within the QPIs
  • Feasibility of measuring the QPIs identified in a meaningful and comparative way (i.e. ‘like for like’ comparison)

Forms to assist with submission of comments have been developed and should be used wherever possible.  Please note that supporting evidence should be detailed along with comments where appropriate.

What Happens Next

All responses will be collated for review and decision by the Head and Neck Cancer QPI Review Group. Those who have participated in the engagement process will receive an overview of the changes made and a copy of the final Head and Neck Cancer QPI document, ahead of publication in 2018.


  • People of Scotland


  • Health and Social Care