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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 patient information from hospitals across the UK 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
Adult Cardiac Surgery
The National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA) collects consecutive operation data from all 35 NHS hospitals in the UK that carry out adult heart surgery. A number of Irish and UK private surgical units also submit data.
The project, which has been running
since 1977, enables secure collection and analysis of cardiac surgery
data, in addition to long-term mortality tracking. Participation in the
audit is mandatory for relevant English and Welsh hospitals as part of
Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). The NCAPOP is
managed by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and funded by NHS England.
Analysis of NACSA data is reported to participating hospitals, Cardiac Networks, NHS regulatory bodies (such as the NHSLA and the CQC) and the public. This drives the development of cardiac surgery services by encouraging shared learning and the improvement of identified poor performance. The audit is also designed to enhance understanding of clinical trends and develop risk adjustment models for outcome measures, such as mortality.
The clinical lead for this audit is Ben
Bridgewater, a consultant cardiac surgeon at the University Hospital of South
Manchester. Specialist clinical knowledge and clinical leadership for NACSA is
provided by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgeons (SCTS) and
the audit Project Board.
NACSA is manager by NICOR, with analysis of its data provided by the Northwest Institute for BioHealth Informatics (NIBHI) at the University of Manchester, generously funded by a grant from Heart Research UK.
The aims of the audit are:
- to improve the quality of care for cardiac patients by comparing local hospital performance with nationally agreed standards and benchmarks
- to reassure the public that the standards of cardiac surgery in the UK are high, and being actively monitored
- to understand clinical trends within cardiac surgery in the UK
- to understand the impact of surgical interventions in heart disease and changing trends in treatments and medical care
- to understand which patients benefit most from which surgical intervention
- to produce data for the development of risk stratification models for outcome measures
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