About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) presents performance against the National Melanoma Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) in the Cancer QPIs dashboard held within the Scottish Cancer Registry and Intelligence Service (SCRIS).

Main points

  • There were 1,224 people diagnosed with Melanoma Cancer in Scotland from July 2020 to June 2021. This was a decrease from previous years (1,292 people were diagnosed from July 2019 to June 2020 and 1,289 people were diagnosed from July 2018 to June 2019).
  • At Scotland level for July 2020 to June 2021, the target was met for six of the 14 indicators.
  • Some of the QPI targets have proved challenging to achieve over the three years (QPIs relating to MDT, Examination of Draining Lymph Node Basins, Wide Local Excisions, Time to Wide Local Excisions, Imaging for Patients with advanced Melanoma, Surgical Margins and Clinical Trials).
  • It is reassuring however that several QPIs achieved the target nationally (QPIs relating to Diagnostic Biopsy, Pathology Reporting, Sentinel Node Biopsy Pathology, B RAF Status and Systematic Therapy).
  • Following a national formal review in late 2021, there will be changes to Melanoma QPIs in future years. Formal reviews help identify where problems in the pathway lie, with a view to a longer term improvement in performance.


National cancer quality performance indicators have been developed to support continuous quality improvement in cancer care (CEL 06 2012). NHS Boards are required to report these indicators against a clinically agreed indicator specific target as part of the mandatory national cancer quality programme. They have been developed collaboratively by North Cancer Alliance, South East Scotland Cancer Network, West of Scotland Cancer Network, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and PHS.

Further information

The next release of this publication will be June 2025.

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Last updated: 07 October 2022
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