SACT Newsletter

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SACT newsletter - December 2019


New SACT portal - Launched June 2018

 Click here to access the new portal   SACT PORTAL


SACT Guidance

pdf SACTv3 revised dataset launch and ongoing monitoring

SACTv3: Confirmation of readiness to start uploading

Latest Regimen List available through TRUD

Click here to access further guidance and training

pdf SACT escalation guide for non-compliance


pdf SACT CancerStats reports and update schedule

New data standard Resources

Excel SACT_Dataset_v3.0_Final

pdf DCB1533 SACT - User Guide

pdf DCB1533 SACT - Technical Guide


Help Desk


New Helpdesk Telephone:

01865 458350

Welcome to the SACT Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy Dataset website

The SACT dataset collects systemic anti-cancer therapy activity from all NHS England providers. It is a mandatory collection and the world’s first comprehensive database, allowing us to understand treatment patterns and outcomes on a national scale.

This website contains the latest information and support available from the SACT team.


SACTv3 dataset has launched

Public Health England (PHE) has recently launched the revised version of the Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) dataset.  This version, SACTv3, went live on 1st September 2019, with a 3-month implementation window.  All trusts are required to be recording SACTv3 on internal trust systems from 1st December 2019.

Details of the implementation deadline and PHE’s monitoring process for non-compliance is available via the link below:

pdf SACTv3 revised dataset launch and ongoing monitoring


Moving to SACTv3 – guidance

When your trust is ready to submit your first SACTv3 file, please complete the following checklist and return it to the helpdesk

 SACTv3: Confirmation of readiness to start uploading

This checklist confirms that your trust has taken all necessary steps to meet the SACTv3 requirements, all relevant staff have been informed of the move to SACTv3 and represents formal authorisation from your trust to start SACTv3 reporting.  On receipt of a completed checklist the SACT team will update your trust to SACTv3 on the SACT upload portal. At this stage, your trust will no longer be able to submit SACTv2 on the SACT portal.




 Excel SACT_Dataset_v3.0_Final

DCB1533 SACT - User Guide

 pdf DCB1533 SACT - User Guide v3.0.2 updated version (replaced 5/12/2019)

DCB1533 SACT - Technical Guide

 pdf DCB1533 SACT - Technical Guide

SACT_Dataset_v3.0 - Standard header row

 Excel SACT_Dataset_v3.0_Header row

SACT_Dataset_v3.0 - Internal pre-upload Checklist

 pdf SACT_Dataset_v3.0 - Internal pre-upload Checklist


Outcomes upload

 The SACT outcomes upload will be launched September 2019 to coincide with the revised dataset

 pdf SACTv3.0 outcomes upload - introduction

 pdf SACTv3.0 outcomes upload - specification

 pdf SACT v3.0 outcomes FAQs

 Excel SACTv3.0 outcomes upload - example

The SACT team will run a webinar on the outcomes extract in early 2020.


Background information on the dataset review

The SACT dataset is an NHS agreed mandated standard, and as part of that standard it needs to be reviewed.

Public Health England has been reviewing the SACT dataset to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

The dataset review has now completed the required process and the new SACT dataset standard has been published by NHS digital.

 DCB1533: Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy Data Set



The dataset review schedule overview is available here:

 pdf SACT v3 - schedule overview

 The revised data set SACT v3.0 is expected to be submitted using the following timetable:




Phase 1 - Implementation Period

06-12-2018 to 31-08-2019

the development lead times of software suppliers and in-house developers to make changes to systems to reflect requirements and align with conformance criteria

Phase 2 - Data Collection Period

01-09-2019 to 30-11-2019

allows for a 3 month period where data can be submitted in accordance with either SACT v2.0 or v3.0 formats

Phase 3 - Full Conformance

01-12-2019 onwards

requires full conformance, using only SACT data set v3.0 format




Please continue to check our website as more information and resources will be added regularly.


Useful links

To upload data to the new SACT portal (to upload data / map regimens) (accessible to registered users - see below)

SACT portal graphic

To register for the new SACT portal  (accessible to users with an NHS net mail account)

CancerStats1 portal registration page

To register and access SACT reports (accessible to users with an NHS net mail account)

CancerStats2 Logon

Data Quality and Completeness reports are still available upon request for data submitted on the old portal to May 2018.