NICOR: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research


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)