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More patients than ever surviving heart failure following key improvements, audit finds

Treatment for heart failure patients in England and Wales continues to improve according to the latest National Heart Failure Audit, with more people receiving key tests and vital prescriptions and seeing specialist staff.
Acute heart failure necessitating hospital admission is a life threatening condition. The quality of care including specialist involvement during an admission, determines the immediate and long-term outcomes including likelihood of survival. Yet while the audit reports several improvements, it also found that the quality of care varies from one hospital to another, and within a hospital, between the specialist and other wards.

The audit is commissioned by the Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patients Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).

The latest National Heart Failure (HF) Audit is the largest to date and is based on 66,695 admissions to hospitals in England and Wales between April 2015 and March 2016. This represents 82% of HF admissions as the patient’s primary diagnosis in England and 77% in Wales.

The National HF Audit monitors the treatment and care of people with an unscheduled admission to hospital who are discharged with a primary diagnosis of heart failure. This is the 9th National HF Audit report which reports data from 137 NHS Trusts in England and 6 Health Boards in Wales.

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Temporary Moratorium on Data Access Requests

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.

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National Cardiac Audit Programme 2017-20 to be hosted by Barts Heart Centre

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. Quality Improvement will focus heavily in our new programme of work and we will be working closely with UCL Partners, an organisation that has successfully delivered improvement programmes. We will also have continued links with UCL via the Department of Statistical Science who will be providing statistical oversight, advice and input into the development of risk models.

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2015 MINAP Annual Report

Huge Improvement in Heart Attack Treatment, 9/10 of cases seen on time.

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NICOR Data Entry Portal

Due to the relocation of the NICOR servers, the  NICOR data entry portal  will not be available from 4 pm on Friday 27/1/2017 until Saturday afternoon, 28th January. There is also a possibility of the outage extending into Sunday. 

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NICOR Newsletter Dec 2016

 NICOR collects data and produces analysis to enable hospitals and healthcare improvement bodies to monitor and improve the quality of care and outcomes of cardiovascular patients.

We have produced a newsletter with highlights of 2016 and looking forward into 2017. 

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HF and MINAP Best Practice Tariff Reporting Guidance now available

NICOR has written the ‘Best Practice Tariff Reporting Guidance: Using National Audit Data to Develop Validation Reports
(NHFA and MINAP)’ to assist hospital trusts to produce summary reports to facilitate commissioner validation of the Heart Failure Best Practice Tariff and the NSTEMI Best Practice Tariff.

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With immediate effect, NICOR are no longer able to share derived life status data with any third party

Following discussions between HQIP, the data controller and funder for our National Cardiovascular Clinical Audits, NHS Digital and NICOR we regret to advise you that the NHS Digital position on sharing derived life status data, for some inexplicable reason, has changed.  With immediate effect, NICOR are no longer able to share derived life status data with any third party. This has implications for all data access requests that have:

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NCHDA Aggregate report 2012-15 v 1.2 published 27042016

Following communication with contributing Trusts, we were notified of an issue with the National Congenital Heart Disease Report 12-15 published on 4th April,  including minor inconsistencies with the tables and funnels for specific procedures published on the NCHDA portal.

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Important NCHDA 2012-15 report update

Following communication with contributing Trusts, we have been notified of an issue with the National Congenital Heart Disease Report 12-15 published on 4th April,  including minor inconsistencies with the tables and funnels for specific procedures published on the NCHDA portal.

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NACSA-COP-2015

The refresh of the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit including data for operations undertaken between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2014 is published today (15/09/2015) at http://www.scts.org/modules/surgeons/default.aspx and my NHS https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/performance/Consultants. The data is in response to the NHS England transparency agenda and gives activity and risk adjusted mortality rates for all hospitals and surgeons in England and Wales, and hospital level data for Scotland and Northern Ireland. It should be noted that the results reflect activity and mortality rates in the period under scrutiny and may not reflect more contemporaneous results.

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Ablation report 2014

The 9th annual report of the National UK Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Ablation Audit Report covers ablation for cardiac arrhythmias during the 2013/14 financial year, along with trends over preceding (calendar) years.

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MINAP annual report 2014

HEART ATTACK CARE – Mortality rates for STEMI fall by a third over 10 years as

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National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (NAPCI) 2014 Annual Public Report 

The NAPCI assesses the process of PCI care and speed of the PCI delivery as well as the patient outcomes for example complication rates, or mortality.  Annually the audit publishes its results on the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society website supplemented by the lay summary of the findings – the latter being published today.

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