The National Heart Failure Audit published its sixth annual report on 21 November 2013. More...
Published: Nov 21, 2013 12:00:15 AM
Acting as a 'window' into National Adult Cardiac Surgery
Audit (NACSA) data, the SCTS iData app allows users to place filters on
different types of heart surgery to generate a report showing analysis of all
heart operations in the UK between April 2008 – March 2012. Reports
provide a running total of procedures as you add each filter, with the
to generate a report at any time.
Published: Oct 29, 2013 5:41:24 PM
Another year has gone by and another MINAP Public Report has been published, providing an insight into how the NHS cares for patients with Heart Attack. More...
Published: Oct 16, 2013 11:02:43 AM
Following on from the release of patient friendly reports for Heart
Failure and MINAP, the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA)
today (3 September) publishes 'UK Heart Surgery: What Patients Can Expect from their Surgeons' in partnership with the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS).
Published: Sep 3, 2013 8:47:16 AM
As part of the ‘Everyone Counts’ initiative, individual consultants’ results are being published, based on national clinical audit data. Two of NICOR’s national cardiac audits are amongst the 10 specialties covered, providing data in relation to adult cardiac surgery and non-surgical interventional cardiology. The work was coordinated for NHS England by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) which commissions national clinical audit work for NHS England. More...
Published: Jun 28, 2013 10:24:28 AM
National Heart Failure Audit
Launched in July 2007, the National Heart Failure Audit aims to
provide national comparative data to help clinicians and managers
improve the quality of heart failure services and outcomes for patients.
The audit is managed by NICOR with specialist knowledge provided
by the British Society for Heart Failure.
The National Heart Failure Audit is part of the National Clinical Audit
and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP), and is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).
Audit findings can be used in various ways to bring about improvements:
- Improving standards of care: Access to national comparative data allows clinicians, healthcare professionals, cardiac networks and commissioners to examine key aspects of the quality of care and impact on patient outcomes and quality of life, and enables them to implement change accordingly.
- Patient choice: Information can be used to assist patients in making decisions about how, when and where they get treated.
- Effective commissioning: Audit data can inform NHS commissioners of the quality of acute services so they can purchase more care from units providing evidence based care, with reduced waiting times and readmissions, and with the best outcomes for patients. Audit findings can also highlight postcode lottery in commissioning policy between PCTs.
Data from the audit is included in three sets of
indicators that are used to measure quality and performance by NHS and regulatory bodies:
- The Care Quality Commission The CQC uses data from the National Heart Failure Audit to monitor compliance with the essential standards of quality and safety set out in Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2008 and the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009.
- Department of Health Quality Accounts 2011/12: In their Quality Account providers must report which of the national clinical audits they participated in, and must also show in how they responded to the recommendations made in the audit reports. This information is published annually and made available to the public, in order to ensure the accountability of NHS institutions to the public, and to engage the leaders of hospitals in the quality improvement agenda of their organisation.
- The NHS Information Centre: The NHS Information Centre Indicators for Quality Improvement are a library of clinician assured national quality indicators designed to to help local clinical teams select indicators for local quality improvement.
National Heart Failure Audit
3rd Floor, 170 Tottenham Court Road
For any clinical queries, or general questions about the audit, contact Polly Mitchell (National Heart Failure Audit project manager):
Tel: 0203 108 3927
For all technical enquiries please contact the NICOR helpdesk:
Tel: 0203 108 1978
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