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Developing a prostate cancer dashboard

In 2020, South West Cancer Alliances commissioned SCW to create an online data entry tool and to develop their prostate cancer dashboard in a Power BI format. The purpose is to improve current prostate cancer diagnostic pathways and reduce variation across the South West of England.


Across South West England there was considerable variation in the prostate cancer diagnostic and treatment experience for men. This was identified as part of a national concern in a report by Prostate Cancer UK. The PROMIS Trial had produced evidence to support use of multi-parametric MRI before a first prostate biopsy. There was also the requirement to deliver on the new 28-day cancer standard of referral to diagnosis. 

Our approach

In 2019, SCW created a dashboard that captured all the parameters required related to prostate cancer diagnosis for 13 secondary care providers across 6 STPs. This dashboard was created in Excel and updated monthly. 

SCW utilised Business Intelligence, Information Governance, cancer SME and project management expertise, and worked alongside a prostate cancer consultant radiologist and the SW Cancer Alliance representatives to develop and test the dashboard. 

In 2020, following refinements to the dashboard to improve user experience and data quality, SW Cancer Alliances commissioned SCW to create an online data entry tool and to develop the dashboard in a Power BI format.  


The Power BI dashboard is in the final stages of development prior to user testing. It contains information on referrals and pathway stage times, as well as details on MRI, biopsy and histology. 

The online data entry tool is in full use across secondary care providers. The information submitted to the dashboard is being used to benchmark provider activity across the South West.  

This dashboard provides information that supports both individual provider service development, as well as contributing significantly to ICS and Cancer Alliance approaches to improving care for men with prostate cancer. Having the involvement of all 13 acute providers in the South West contributes significantly to the project outputs.

Excellent technical ability. Able to deal with complex functionality with ease. Excellent product - Consultant Urology Surgeon

This is just what I want - it answers our problems - Secondary Care Cancer Manager

The skill, flexibility and attention to detail of the SCW project team have produced amazing results - Consultant Radiologist and Project Clinical Lead

To find out more, contact Catherine Neck, Clinical Services Programme Lead: Cancer and Long Term Conditions - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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