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NICOR: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research

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Governance

NICOR is governed by the NICOR executive committee and will be overseen by the NICOR advisory board. NICOR is part of a wider grouping within UCL which links colleagues working in prevention and epidemiology within the National Centre for Cardiovascular Prevention and Outcomes (NCCPO). The general management of NICOR is overseen by the NICOR management Team.

NICOR executive
Professional liaison group
Research executive
Communications working group
Health technologies working group
Informatics and information technology working group
Research working group
Risk and governance working group

Details of NICOR's strategic plans for the future can be found in our strategy and business plan:

Audit governance

NICOR is accountable to the specialist clinical societies that originally developed the audit datasets and which provide clinical leadership. Each of the clinical audit leads represents their audit and the professional society on the NICOR Operations Group.

NICOR's structure is intended to strengthen the clinical leadership of the individual audits and registries, and to provide tailored support to the clinical leads. The clinical leads liaise with the relevant clinical groups to ensure professional buy-in, and provide the knowledge and experience of their clinical area to interpret the data and ensure that the analyses and reports address the most important issues.

The responsibilities of the specialist society/audit lead include specifying analysis criteria, revision of datasets, content and format of annual reports, reviewing applications for access to data by external research groups, ensuring there is a mechanism for the identification of outliers, future strategy and development of each audit, and defining and prioritising the research questions required by the specialist society. Where relevant, the audit leads are responsible for leading the delivery of the audits as required by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) contract. This process is overseen by the project board or steering committee for each audit.

The clinical leads for each audit are as follows:

Audit Clinical Leads
Audit Clinical Lead  
Cardiac Rhythm Management  Dr Francis Murgatroyd and Dr Nick Linker
Congenital Heart Disease Audit Dr Rodney Franklin
Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) Dr Clive Weston
National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit  Dr Andrew Goodwin
National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Dr Peter Ludman
National Heart Failure Audit Professor Theresa McDonagh
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation registry Dr Peter Ludman and Mr Neil Moat

More information about the governance of NICOR audits and registries can be found on the individual audit webpages: