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Our expertise and passion is helping the NHS, the government and regulatory bodies to monitor and improve the quality of care by checking that the care received by cardiovascular patients meets good practice standards. Our aim is to enhance the care of patients by efficiently reviewing medical practice against clear and exact criteria, modifying it where necessary.

Our partners and professional societies

The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) is hosted by Arden and GEM CSU and commissioned by NHS England and GIG Cymru/NHS Wales to complete national cardiac audits to inform healthcare providers and research organisations.

Our audits are set up with clinical input and backing from specialist cardiovascular societies. The professional societies continue to provide clinical leadership to ensure that the audits and analyses are clinically relevant.

We provide information to the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission and other regulatory bodies to enable them to check that standards of care meet national guidelines for good practice, and to compare outcomes such as casemix-adjusted survival rates between hospitals.

Professional societies:

British Society For Heart Failure (BSH)
British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS)
British Cardiovascular Society
British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA)
Society Of Cardiothoracic Surgeons In Great Britain And Ireland (SCTS)