About this release

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

Main points

  • There were 905 people diagnosed with Renal Cancer in Scotland in 2020. This was a decrease from previous years where 1,028 were diagnosed in 2019 and 963 in 2018.
  • At Scotland level for January to December 2020, the target was met for 11 of the 17 indicators.

Information is available on performance against QPI 12 Volume of Cases per Surgeon


  • Some of the QPI targets have proved challenging to achieve over the three years (QPIs relating to Clinical Staging, Prognostic Scoring and Leibovich Score). In addition, the 30 and 90 day mortality Cryotherapy targets will not be met if a single patient dies following treatment as they are based on small numbers of patients.
  • Many QPIs achieved the target nationally (QPIs relating to Radiological Diagnosis, MDT, Systemic Therapy and Trifecta Rate). In addition the majority of the 30 and 90 day mortality QPIs were under 2%, with the exception of Cryotherapy.


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 (NCA) (external website), South East Scotland Cancer Network (SCAN) (external website), West of Scotland Cancer Network (WoSCAN) (external website), Healthcare Improvement Scotland (external website) and PHS.

Further information

The next release of this publication will be August 2025.

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Older versions of this publication

Versions of this publication released before 16 March 2020 may be found on the Data and Intelligence, Health Protection Scotland or Improving Health websites.

Last updated: 07 October 2022
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