NICOR: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research


Patient information

Clinical audits improve patient care


NICOR is responsible for a number of national clinical audits designed to improve the quality of care and outcomes of patients with heart disease. Until 1 July 2017 NICOR was part of the Institute of Cardiovascular Science at University College London.

Following a European Union tender process NICOR will be hosted at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Clinical audit is a quality improvement process which aims to improve patient care. NICOR collects and analyses data to provide health professionals with information to help them to review the quality and outcomes of care against national standards and guidance.

NICOR collects patient data and uses it to inform patient care and health policy. NICOR does not offer clinical advice, but you can use our reports to find out what care you should expect, as a patient with heart disease, and to see how your local hospital compares to other hospitals in England and Wales. You can find the latest reports from each of our audits here:

The following pages contain more information about NICOR and the data we collect:

NICOR has produced an information leaflet aimed at patients that further explains how we use the information that we collect and keep it safe:


NICOR patient information leaflet (pdf)