This programme aims to update pathologists with the latest changes in pathological cancer data collection.

COSD has changed since its initial inception in 2013. It is now far more clinically driven and aims to only ask questions that are either required to support cancer registration or useful for analysis (including supporting clinical audit).  Over the past 18 months (and through two version control cycles), the important driver for COSD revision has been around removing duplication and enabling Trusts to collect good quality data.  Pathology is an important part of this. Change from manual transcribing by MDT coordinators to automatic direct data feeds from pathologists is vital, as is ensuring that COSD remains clinically aligned with RCPath core datasets.  Working together and ensuring accurate dataset alignment has never been more important.


On-line booking is now closed. If you would like to register to attend, please call the Conference Team on 0207 451 6715



Cancer datasets – guiding care for the individual and the wider population

09.30  Registration and Coffee

10.00  Chairman’s introduction - Dr Brian Rous (RCPath - Chair of the Working Group on Cancer Services)

10.10  Why do we collect data: Some data are less equal than others? - Dr Murali Varma (Cardiff)

10.40  Clinical effectiveness in reporting complex cancer specimens - Dr Bridget Wilkins (RCPath - Director of Clinical Effectiveness)

11.10   Coffee

11.25   International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting - Professor Tim Helliwell (Liverpool)

11.55   Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset (COSD) – The importance of working together - Mr Andy Murphy (The National Cancer Registration Service Public Health England)

12.25   Q&A

12.45   Lunch (& Exhibits)         

13.45   Reporting of carcinoma of unknown primary tumour - Professor John Schofield (Kent)

14.15   Reporting of lung cancer - Professor Andrew G Nicholson (London)

14.45   Refreshments

15.00   Staging systems for cancer - Professor Malcolm Mason (Chair of UK TNM)

15.30   SNOMED CT codes - Deborah Drake & Moira Crotty                       

16.30    Q&A

17.00    Close


To be held at Coin Street Conference Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH


Registration Fees

Online registration fees

RCPath Members: £188.00
Concessions: £100.00
Non Members: £265.00