Governance

NICOR is governed by an Operations Group which is overseen by the Preventions and Outcomes 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

John Deanfield NICOR Director
Julie Sanders NICOR Chief operating officer
Adam Timmis Chair Research & Governance WG
Ben Bridgewater Chair Communications WG
Peter Ludman Chair IT and Informatics WG
Mark de Belder Chair Health Technologies WG

Professional liaison group

Iain Simpson Chair Professional Liaison WG
Julie Sanders NICOR Chief operating officer
James Roxburgh  
Simon Ray BCS Clinical Standards
Nick Linker Co-BHRS Lead
Clive Weston MINAP Lead
Theresa McDonagh Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Heart Failure (KCH) and National Heart Failure Audit Clinical Lead
Ben Bridgewater Chair Communications WG
Rodney Franklin BCCA Lead
Peter Ludman Chair IT and Informatics WG
Simon Redwood BCIS President
Francis Murgatroyd British Heart Rhythm Society lead
Rob Martin President of the BCCA
Steve Furniss British Heart Rhythm Society President
Suzanna Hardman BSH President
Graham Cooper  
Sam McAlister EA to NICOR COO

Research executive

Chris Gale Chair NICOR Research executive
Julie Sanders NICOR Chief operating officer
John Deanfield NICOR Director
Henry Dargie  
Peter Ludman Chair IT and Informatics WG
Kate Brown  
Simon Redwood BCIS President
Rod Stables  
Ben Bridgewater Chair Communications WG
Mark de Belder Chair Health Technologies WG
Patrick Doherty Chair in Cardiovascular Health
Richard Schilling  
Harry Hemingway  
Bryan Williams  
Huon Gray  
Keith Fox Professor of Cardiology
Owen Nicholas Information analyst
David Cunningham NICOR Senior strategist
Carol Porteous NICOR Patient involvement
Mark O'Neill  
Adam Timmis Chair Research & Governance WG
Sam McAlister EA to NICOR COO

Communications workgroup

Ben Bridgewater Chair Communications WG
Julie Sanders NICOR Chief operating officer
Becca Cosgriff National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit project manager
Marion Standing Senior software developer
Carol Porteous NICOR Patient involvement
Damian Marlee New Technologies project manager
Aminat Shote Information analyst
Sam McAlister EA to NICOR COO

Health technologies working group

Mark de Belder Chair Health Technologies WG
Julie Sanders NICOR Chief operating officer
David Cunningham NICOR Senior strategist
Emmanouil Lazarides Senior information analyst
Nadeem Fazal National clinical audit services manager
Damian Marlee New Technologies project manager
Mansoor Shah UCL pre-award contracts
Peter Ludman Chair IT and Informatics WG
Fabian D'Souza Senior software developer
Sam McAlister EA to NICOR COO

Informatics and information technology working group

Peter Ludman Chair IT and Informatics WG
Julie Sanders NICOR Chief operating officer
Mark de Belder Chair Health Technologies WG
Nadeem Fazal National clinical audit services manager
Ben Bridgewater Chair Communications WG
David Cunningham NICOR Senior strategist
Darragh O'Neill Information analyst
Andrew Donald Senior analyst lead developer
Rod Stables  
Polly Mitchell National Heart Failure Audit project manager
Fabian D'Souza Senior software developer
Owen Nicholas Information analyst
Sam McAlister EA to NICOR COO

Research working group

John Deanfield NICOR Director
Chris Gale Chair NICOR Research executive
Julie Sanders NICOR Chief operating officer
Andrew Harrison Senior analyst developer
Lucia Gavalova MINAP project manager
Polly Mitchell National Heart Failure Audit project manager
Owen Nicholas Information analyst
Carol Porteous NICOR Patient involvement
Sam McAlister EA to NICOR COO

Risk and governance working group

Adam Timmis Chair Research & Governance WG
Julie Sanders NICOR Chief operating officer
Nadeem Fazal National clinical audit services manager
Tracy Whittaker National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention project manager
Chris Gale Chair NICOR Research executive
Owen Nicholas Information analyst
Paul Wilkinson  
Spiros Denaxas Data Manager for UCL CV Disease
Sue Manuel Senior software developer
Sam McAlister EA to NICOR COO

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
Congenital Heart Disease Audit Dr Rodney Franklin
Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) Dr Clive Weston
National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit  Mr Ben Bridgewater
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:

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