NICOR Publishes National Cardiac Audit Programme Annual Report 2020: The ACID Test


NICOR has today (10 December 2020) published the National Cardiac Audit Programme Annual Report for 2020, an analysis of 2018/19 data, and for some clinical domains, 2016-19 data.

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 covered by the audit programme and a dedicated Annual Report for Patients and the Public 2020, which was co-written by NICOR patient representatives Sarah Brown and Richard Corder.