NICOR, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS), and the University of Manchester, has released the SCTS Governance Tool. This new online rescource enables cardiac surgery consultants to access information about their clinical activity and outcomes, which facilitates effective monitoring of data quality and clinical practice. The tool allows selection of time periods and operative groups to generate downloadable reports ‘on demand’, which show analysis based on up-to-date, and 'cleaned', National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA) data. More...
Published: Feb 7, 2014 3:28:12 PM
The 2012 annual report on devices from the Cardiac Rhythm Management National Audit has now been published. It is available to view and download from: More...
Published: Feb 5, 2014 1:48:26 PM
NICOR (The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research) collects anonymised patient information from across UK hospitals to try and improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients that have heart problems and treatments. These include adult heart surgery, heart attack, heart procedures, heart devices (for example pacemakers), heart failure and congenital heart surgery. More...
Published: Feb 4, 2014 2:11:08 PM
Report National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Interventional (PCI) procedures 2012
published January 30th 2014.
Expansion in the use of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) is seeing more patients with acute coronary syndromes treated more quickly, according to the latest National Audit of PCI (covering 2012). Key findings from the report include: More...
Published: Jan 30, 2014 8:09:31 AM
Acute myocardial infarction: a comparison of short-term survival in national outcome registries in Sweden and the UK
The Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP), from which the data for the Lancet paper was obtained, continues to collect detailed information about the care provided to patients with heart attack. This demonstrates the commitment of participating clinicians, Trusts and governments to improvements in quality of care. While important improvements have been made since 2010, the end of the period studied by the researchers, there is no room for complacency. We need to continue emphasising both the provision of the best modern care, and the recording of that care. We also need to shift from publishing details of the process of care to the outcomes of care. It is our intention to produce a preliminary report of outcomes for each hospital this year. More...
Published: Jan 23, 2014 10:33:12 AM
Deputy Director for the Life Study
Mar 07, 2014 09:21AM
Professor Carol Dezateux, Director of Life Study at the UCL Institute of Child Health, is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Peter Elias as Deputy Director of the Study.Read more...
New innovation could mean eye injections are a thing of the past
Mar 06, 2014 12:46PM
Drugs used to treat blindness-causing disorders could be successfully administered by eye drops rather than unpleasant and expensive eye injections, according to new research led by UCL scientists that could be a breakthrough for the millions worldwide suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other eye disorders.Read more...
New partnership between UCLP brain tumour scientists and Brain Tumour Research
Mar 04, 2014 13:07PM
We are delighted to announce a ground-breaking new research partnership between Queen Mary University of London and UCL Institute of Neurology (under UCLPartners) and the charity Brain Tumour Research. The partnership begins a new chapter in long-term, sustainable and continuous research into brain tumours, the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.Read more...
NICOR (the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research) exists to improve the care and outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease by providing high quality comparative information from national clinical audits. Established by Prof. Sir Bruce Keogh, now NHS Medical Director, NICOR is led by Prof. John Deanfield in association with the specialist clinical societies responsible for each of the national audits, and the Department of Health Vascular Team.
Clinicians lead the audits, working together with information management experts. NICOR provides its NHS partners with audit feedback that is used to monitor and plan how to improve the day-to-day quality of care for patients with cardiovascular conditions. The national audits are provided via a sophisticated IT-based system that links data entry from each acute hospital with a secure central database. Online reports are provided for local participating hospitals that compare their performance with others and against good practice standards. There is a strong emphasis on data checking and quality at all levels, and on risk-adjusting analyses to ensure that we compare ‘like with like’. Both professional and public reports are produced. Outputs are also provided for regulatory bodies (eg, the Care Quality Commission, CQC, and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, MHRA), for patients and the public via ‘public portals’ and NHS Choices, and for government departments. NICOR also encourages appropriate research use of national audit data, to help further improve patient care by identifying what works best in the ‘real world’ outside of clinical trials.
NICOR sits within NCCPO (the National Centre for Cardiovascular Preventions and Outcomes), which is in turn part of ICS (the Institute of Cardiovascular Science).
Currently a large part of NICOR’s funding comes from NHS England, which is managed by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). HQIP is responsible for The National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP), a national programme of 34 national clinical audits projects collecting data on compliance with evidence based standards, and provide local trusts with benchmarked reports on the compliance and performance.
NICOR also receives funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the George A Moore Foundation (GAMF), the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and the East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group (EMSCG) on behalf of the SCGs across England.
NICOR's initial focus is to manage six national cardiovascular clinical audits and their associated registries.
|Audit||Patients||Lead specialist society|
|All adult patients on whom a percutaneous cardiovascular intervention procedure is performed.||
British Cardiovascular Intervention Society
|All adult patients undergoing major heart surgery.||
Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery
|All adult patients with implanted devices or receiving interventional procedures for management of cardiac rhythm disorders.||
British Heart Rhythm Society
|All cardiac or intrathoracic great vessel procedures carried out in patients under the age of 16 years, and all adult congenital cardiac procedures performed for a cardiac defect present from birth.||
British Congenital Cardiac Association
|All patients with an unscheduled admission to hospital with heart failure.||
British Society for Heart Failure
|All adult patients with acute coronary syndromes.||
British Cardiovascular Society
|All patients undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.|
Details of our longer-term strategy and what we will do during 2011/12 are discussed in our strategy and business plan. This document can be found by following the link below:
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