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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. The errors have now been rectified and the amended report is now available. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. More...

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. We are currently resolving the issue and will re-issue the report as soon as possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience. More...

National Congenital Heart Disease Audit 2014_15 data published 4/4/2016

The National Congenital Heart Disease Audit (NCHDA) publishes the 2012/15 annual analysis. The findings are based on data submitted by 34 hospitals including all 14 specialist paediatric centres.  This covers all NHS and private paediatric and congenital heart disease procedures undertaken at centres in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Analyses are based on 30,929 paediatric and congenital heart surgery and interventions undertaken between April 1st 2012 and March 31st 2015. More...

2015 Consultant Outcomes Publication - National Audit for Percutaneous Coronary Interventions

NAPCI - The National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) is managed by National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research assesses percutaneous coronary intervention in the United Kingdom. More...


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 and my NHS 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. More...

How to submit data to NICOR

Regular data submissions, better data quality


Getting started

Data is submitted to the audits by direct entry into the collection system, via the secure web portal, or by exporting data collected from a local data collection system.

Audit data can be submitted to NICOR as frequently as your schedule allows. We recommend regular - ideally monthly - data submissions.

If you are using a local database within your organisation to collect data, an upload schedule should be agreed with whoever is responsible for exporting and importing the data.

Our secure web portal allows users to submit data directly to our servers.

Getting started

To start submitting data to the NICOR audits, you will need access to our secure web portal or Lotus Notes Software. Contact the NICOR helpdesk to register: 

  • Tel: 0203 108 1978
  • Email: nicor-helpdesk [at] ucl ac uk

Entering data

Datasets and data definitions for each of the audits can be found on the datasets and application notes page.

If you have any questions about the data definitions or data entry process for a particular audit, please contact the relevant project manager or project coordinator for that project. Contact details can be found on the landing page for each audit.

Importing data

If you wish to import data directly into the NICOR databases, your local collection system must be capable of generating an export file in CSV (Comma Separated Value) format, which is then uploaded to the NICOR databases using the import routine.

A CSV line (record) consists of variables (fields) containing information separated by commas and enclosed by double-quotes. NICOR accepts either the short code or the long code listed in the datasets for import.

File formats for each of the NICOR datasets are as follows:

pdf-large BCIS import format and validation rules v5.5.7 (pdf)
txt-icon CRM EPS import format v2.6 (txt)
txt-icon CRM PMICD import format v2.22 (txt)
ms_word MINAP import format v10.1.3 (doc)
pdf-large PAEDS import format v4.09 (pdf)
txt-icon SCTS import format v4.1.2 (txt)
txt-icon National Heart Failure Audit import format v3.0 (txt)

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