About the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service

The National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) aims to collect data on all cases of cancer that occur in people living in England. The data is used to support public health, healthcare and research. We provide data to the Office for National Statistics on new cases of cancer and cancer survival, monitor new cases of cancer in the population and look at trends and geographical patterns so that we can detect risk factors and cancer clusters. We work with others in the NHS to assess the quality of care for all individuals treated for cancer.

NCRAS operates a number of analytical partnerships, focussing on specific areas such as early diagnosis work with Cancer Research UK, survivorship with Macmillan, and local intelligence with the Transforming Cancer Services for London Team.   

About the National Cancer Intelligence Network

The National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) was a UK-wide partnership operated by Public Health England. It merged with the cancer regsitration service in 2016, becoming the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS).

The NCIN coordinated and developed analysis and intelligence to drive improvements in prevention, standards of cancer care and clinical outcomes for cancer patients.

Its aims and objectives covered five core areas to improve the quality and availability of cancer data from its collection to use:

  • Promoting efficient and effective data collection throughout the cancer journey
  • Providing a common national repository for cancer datasets
  • Producing expert analyses, to monitor patterns of cancer care
  • Exploiting information to drive improvements in cancer care and clinical outcomes
  • Enabling use of cancer information to support audit and research programmes

This section of the website contains details about the members of the network, where our funding comes from, our staff and the Steering Group that oversees our work. You can also find information that may be of interest to specific audiences.

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