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Data access and research

NICOR are pleased to announce that Barts Health has been awarded the contract for the National Cardiac Audit Programme (NCAP). This follows successful negotiations with HQIP for the 2017-20 National Cardiac Audit contract extension.  The programme will be hosted at the Barts Heart Centre, one of Europe’s largest clinical cardiac treatment centres. The contract will start on 1 July 2017. NICOR will initiate a temporary moratorium on the processing of new third party data access requests from 1 May to 10 July 2017. This is to ensure the correct governance arrangements are in place to support the onward sharing of data.

The following timetable sets out final deadlines before the temporary moratorium is in place for cardiac applications.

Deadline for new Data Access requests 21 April 2017
Internal NICOR review and sign off 5 May 2017
Submission to HQIP DARG 8 May 2017
HQIP DARG meeting 18 May 2017

Please ensure you submit a complete application form as inaccuracies or omissions will delay the approval process. Subject to all approvals being in place, we will endeavour to release data before the middle of June. However, as timelines are determined by the final date of approval we will update each applicant on a case by case basis.

Application documents and associated guidance can be found at http://www.hqip.org.uk/national-programmes/a-z-of-nca/audits-and-data-gov-uk/. If you require further assistance, please contact nicor-datarequests@bartshealth.nhs.uk or datasharing@hqip.org.uk.

Please note that the moratorium does not apply to urgent requests relating to NHS Services.

Audit data for research and analysis

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NICOR has a strong and growing research agenda, and welcomes applications from academic groups to use audit data in research projects. We are especially interested in research which aims to identify best practice in clinical management and service coordination and design.

NICOR’s research activities are managed through a research committee, which reports to the NICOR executive. The research executive has responsibility for overseeing the development of research opportunities for the audit data, and for the development of the emerging research strategy. 

To maximise the research capability, each audit has its own research group which serves a number of purposes, including determining research questions answerable by single or combined datasets and facilitating the research use of the datasets. Audit research groups will be responsible for assessing applications for use of data which involve only one dataset, while the NICOR research executive will consider applications to use data from multiple audits.

We have provided additional information we think will be useful in making an application to use this data.

NICOR are currently only making MINAP data available up to September 2013.

NICOR Research Executive meeting dates

To be confirmed

NICOR audit research group meeting dates

  Audit/Registry research group meeting date Audit/Registry research group meeting date Audit/Registry research group meeting date Audit/Registry research group meeting date
National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA) 16 February 2016 18 May 2016 18 August 2016 November 2016
National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)  Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email
National Audit of Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email
National Audit of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) tbc tbc tbc tbc
National Heart Failure Audit 13 January 2016 14 April 2016 11 July 2016 12 October 2016
Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email
UK TAVI Registry Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email Applications reviewed by email