The audit is funded and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and, along with the five other NICOR audits, is one of 40 audits in their National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).
IT development, statistical analysis and project management is provided by NICOR.
The British Society of Heart Failure (BSH) provides clinical direction to the audit, with Professor Theresa McDonagh, Consultant Cardiologist at King’s College Hospital acting as the clinical lead. The BSH is a professional society for clinicians and healthcare professionals with a specialism or interest in heart failure.
The audit’s development and strategy is determined by a Steering Group, which meets quarterly, and whose membership is made up of a variety of stakeholders in the audit, including cardiologists, specialist nurses, clinical audit and effectiveness managers, cardiac networks and patients.
The current Steering Group membership is as follows:
|National Heart Failure Audit Steering Group Membership|
|Name||Job title and organisation||Stakeholder representation|
|Gemma Baldock-Apps||Cardiology Audit and Data Manager (East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust)||Audit and clinical effectiveness, database user|
|Janine Beezer||Heart Failure Specialist Clinical Pharmacist (City Hospitals Sunderland)||Heart Failure Specialist Clinical Pharmacist, database user|
|Andrew Clark||Consultant Cardiologist, British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) Representative||Consultant cardiologist|
|John Cleland||Chair in Clinical Cardiology (Imperial College London)||Consultant cardiologist (England), HALO|
|Henry Dargie||Heart Failure Research Lead||Research Lead|
|Akosua Donkor||National Heart Failure Audit Project Manager||NICOR|
|Gethin Ellis||Consultant cardiologist (Cwm Taf University Local Health Board) and Network Lead Cardiologist (South East Wales, South Wales Cardiac Network)||Consultant Cardiologist (Wales)|
|Suzanna Hardman||Consultant Cardiologist (Whittington Hospital) and Deputy Clinical Lead||BSH|
|Dawn Lambert||Heart Failure Nurse Specialist (Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust)||Heart Failure Nurse Specialist, database user|
|Theresa McDonagh||Consultant Cardiologist (KCH) and Professor of Heart Failure (KCL) and National Heart Failure Audit Clinical Lead||Clinical Lead, Chair|
|Richard Mindham||Heart failure patient||Patient representative|
|Jim Moore||General Practitioner and GP with Special Interest, Gloucestershire Heart Failure Service||Primary care practitioner|
|Aminat Shote||Information Analyst||NICOR|
|Kathy Simmonds||Heart Failure Nurse Specialist (Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)||Heart Failure Nurse Specialist, database user|
|Marion Standing||Senior Developer||NICOR|
|Terms of reference for the National Heart Failure Audit Steering Group (pdf)|
Steering Group minutes
The minutes of the Steering Group meetings from January 2014 are published in the public domain. The Chair reserves the right to censor sections of the minutes if sensitive items are being discussed, but will ensure that this only occurs in exceptional circumstances, and that any instance of it is fully justified in the published minutes.