DOI: 10.1093/bjs/znad258.726 ISSN:

679 Regional Closed Loop Audits on Quality Predictive Indicators of Renal Cell Carcinoma Management in Northern Ireland

N Simon, D Curry, A Devine
  • Surgery



To conduct a full cycle Regional Audit in Northern Ireland to assess the ten Quality Predictive Indicators (QPI) in the management of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) as per National Cancer Quality Steering Group (NCQSG) of NHS Scotland. Each cycle lasted for 6 months.


QPIs were assessed in four major domains such as radiological, histological, surgical and pre-treatment performance indicators in the management of RCC. Using the Northern Ireland Electronic Care record, data were collected, recorded in MS Excel and analysed and arrived at conclusions. The results were compared with NHS Scotland RCC audit reports published in August 2019 and October 2022.


In audit cycle 1, NCGSQ targets of quality prediction was achieved in 3 QPIs (Nephron Sparing Surgery, Trifecta rate and 30/90 mortality rate) among the 10 QPIs. In Audit Cycle 2, additional 4 NCGSQ targets were achieved namely- pre-treatment CT/MRI, Histodiagnosis in cryotherapy, histodiagnosis in chemotherapy and MDT discussion.


There has been significant improvement in all QPIs in the management of Renal Cell Carcinoma in Northern Ireland during the audited period. We have achieved NCGSQ quality performance indicator targets in 7 among the 10 QPIs that were audited. Further interventions may be required to achieve targets in QPIs such as Leibovich scoring, pre-treatment TNM staging and prognostic scoring in metastatic RCC.

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