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NICOR publishes “ACID Test” report on how national audit data can improve services

The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) has published the National Cardiac Audit Programme Annual Report for 2020 — an analysis of 2018/19 data and, for some clinical domains, 2016–19 data — that has information on cardiac rhythm management.

According to a press statement, the report — The ACID Test: Improving Cardiovascular Care through Aggregation, Collaboration, Information and Delegation — focuses on the NHS Long Term Plan goals for quality improvement and recommends that national audit data can feed quality improvement programmes and service redesign through four main processes:

  • AGGREGATION: Clinical pathways should be reviewed.
  • COLLABORATION: Working together to achieve better results.
  • INFORMATION: Enables decision-making.
  • DELEGATION: Nurse Specialists and Physician Associates can improve services.

The Annual Report is accompanied by supporting reports from all the six domains, including Cardiac Rhythm Management (Arrhythmia audit), covered by the audit programme. Additionally, there is a dedicated Annual Report for Patients and the Public 2020, which was co-written by NICOR patient representatives Sarah Brown and Richard Corder. Mrs Trudie Lobban MBE, CEO and Founder of Arrhythmia Alliance, sits on the committee that helps to develop the patient and public report.



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