NICOR (the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research) analyses data submitted by NHS clinicians about heart disease patients' quality of care and outcomes. NICOR is committed to providing appropriately analysed, accurate outcome data in a timely manner which is understandable by the public, healthcare providers and the medical profession. We work closely with the specialist Clinical Societies. More...
Published: Apr 12, 2013 2:48:03 PM
Cardiac patients and their families are set to receive a major boost in information about heart conditions with the launch today of the two major patient-focused reports covering heart attack and heart failure care. More...
Published: Jan 30, 2013 4:45:25 PM
Published: Jan 29, 2013 7:06:02 AM
The National Heart Failure Audit 2011/12 Annual Report was published on 27th November 2012. More...
Published: Nov 27, 2012 9:29:41 AM
Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) has published its 11th Annual Public Report reporting on performance against national standards for hospitals that admit patients with a heart attack. More...
Published: Nov 15, 2012 12:24:33 AM
'Chase and run' cell movement mechanism explains metastasis
Jun 17, 2013 09:08AM
A mechanism that cells use to group together and move around the body – called 'chase and run' - has been described for the first time by scientists at UCL.Read more...
Blood pressure at night is higher than previously thought
Jun 11, 2013 11:05AM
Scientists at UCL have developed new technology which reveals that blood pressure measured close to the heart is much higher during sleep than previously thought. Night time blood pressure is a strong predictor of both heart disease and stroke, with previous studies establishing that blood pressure measured over the arm falls at night during sleep. However these new data indicate that the night-time decline in blood pressure may be less extensive than previously thought.Read more...
UCL awarded £11.1m towards new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation
Jun 06, 2013 22:59PM
UCL has been awarded £11.1 million from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) towards the cost of the new UCL Institute for Immunity and Transplantation at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.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. Sir Roger Boyle (National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke) 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 the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), acting for the Department of Health (DH) and its National Clinical Audit Advisory Group (NCAAG). 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.||
Heart Rhythm UK
|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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