About Specialist Surgical Care

North York Moors

General Medical Council

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Mr Matthew Clarke

National Bowel Cancer Audit Programme (NBOCAP)

The main purposes of the audit are to measure the process of care and clinical outcomes, enabling comparisons between hospitals and bringing about improvements where necessary. This comparison is complicated because of the variation in the mix of patients (casemix) between one hospital and another. Currently the main factors to consider in casemix include age, social deprivation, extent of development of the cancer (stage), operative urgency (whether an emergency or not) and whether the patient also has another illness (comorbidity).

The data collected via the audit enables individual surgeons to know their Trust's results in terms of:

  • their casemix i.e. the age, stage of disease and fitness of their patients
  • processes of care i.e. quality of investigations, access to specialist care, time to treatment
  • clinical outcomes i.e. post-operative mortality, length of hospital stay after operation, frequency of stomas and serious postoperative complications, local recurrence of the cancer after rectal cancer surgery and survival from cancer

All of these can be compared with national averages.

Hospitals that consistently achieve above average results will be identified and by adopting their methods in other centres, the quality of care and survival rates for bowel cancer patients across the United Kingdom will be improved.

The audit assesses achievement against many of the NICE guidelines and is a potentially powerful way of monitoring which hospitals are observing the national guidance for bowel cancer care.

The NHS trust submits data for this audit & our most excellent results can be found on the website.

Further Information

Consulting & Surgery

BMI Woodlands Hospital,
Morton Park,

Consulting & Surgery

Wensleydale Suite,
Friarage Hospital,


Hilary Tharby
07739 166485