Datasets and user guides

How the data are collected

For a MINAP record to be saved, it must contain the following four elements:

Date and time of admission
Hospital code
Hospital number
Admission diagnosis

Data completness

In MINAP the data completeness is monitored on 20 key fields for patients with a discharge diagnosis of ACS (troponin positive)/nSTEMI and the records are selected based on the specific criteria.

Data quality

The MINAP data application contains data validation processes. These processes include range and consistency checks and also mechanisms to identify and remove duplicate records. we also provide clinical and technical support through dedicated helpdesks.

Data reliability

All hospitals participating in MINAP are also required to perform an annual data validation study to assess the agreement of data held on the NICOR servers. Hospitals are required to re-enter data from the patient case notes in 20 key fields (different fields to the data completeness fields although with some overlap) in 20 randomly selected records with discharge diagnosis of nSTEMI using the online data validation tool. Agreement between the original and re-entered data is assessed for each variable and each record. Reports showing the agreement of each variable compared to national aggregate data are provided to hospitals to allow them to identify areas for improvement.


In MINAP the dataset is revised every two years to ensure that the information collected is reflective of the contemporary management of Acute Coronary Syndrome. The last revision was implemented in June 2013. 

The latest dataset and the changes implemented in the last revision can be downloaded using the links below:

xls-icon Dataset v10.3.2 (change to definition to the field 3.05)
xls-icon Summary of changes
ms_word Import file v10.3.1

Data collection forms

MINAP is a complex audit. It collect clinical information about patients that can present with either of the two types of a heart attack - STEMI and nSTEMI - for whom the management differs depending on the known risk factors. 

There are different types of hospitals to which a patient with heart attack may present to but typically MINAP distinguish between the two: interventional (providing emergency or primary PCI) and non-interventional hospital (does not have a facility to perform primary PCI). The data collection form has been divided depending on the type of heart attack and the treatment given to the hospital

ms_word Main generic form
ms_word Reperfusion form
ms_word Interventional audit form
ms_word Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy form

Supporting documents

MINAP Application Notes provides detailed guidance on the dataset fields, how to record certain clinical scenarios and guidance on the technical issues relating to MINAP database. 

The latest version of the application notes is accompanied by two appendices detailing patient pathways and the required fields.

pdf-large MINAP Application Notes (v8, December 2013)
xls-icon Appendix 2 
xls-icon Appendix 3
pdf-large MINAP web-portal guide

MINAP Team produces the newsletters, often with contribution from the participating hospitals and ambulance trusts. To be added to the distribution list please email minap-nicor [at]

pdf-large MINAP issue 16 - February 2014 (pdf); appendix 1
pdf-large MINAP Issue 15 - April 2013 (pdf); appendix 1, 2, 3
pdf-large MINAP Issue 14 - May 2012 (pdf); appendix 1, 2, 3

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