COVID-19 and NICOR

To our colleagues in hospitals:

Firstly, thank you for all your hard work at this difficult time. We are acutely aware of the issues the NHS is facing.

From Monday 23 March 2020 NICOR temporarily moved to email only support. After careful consideration, in order to protect our staff and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus most of our London-based team are working remotely for the foreseeable future. We will be sending regular bulletins to keep you informed.  Technical Helpdesk support, general enquiries and audit queries will all be dealt with via email by our team in the normal way. Unfortunately we will not be able to receive phone calls nor pick up any voicemail messages.  We will continue to do our very best to support you and the audit teams.  However, if the NICOR staff are redeployed to support the Barts clinical teams there may be a reduction in our service, but we will keep you informed.

We thank you all for your understanding.

 The NICOR Team​

NEW REPORT PUBLISHED 10 September 2020: Rapid cardiovascular data: we need it now (and in the future)

Read the report here

Read our patient and public summary

National Data Opt-out deadline extended to 30 September 2021

The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Staff need to work in different ways than usual and we want to ensure that they can focus on responding to these events.

NHSX and NHS Digital have therefore made the decision to again extend the deadline for hospitals to comply with the national data opt-out policy to 30 September 2021.

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out/compliance-with-the-national-data-opt-out

Data submission during COVID-19

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) who are data controllers for the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcome Programme (NCAPOP) of which NCAP is part, have been informed by Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for NHS England and Improvement, that in order to support the NCAPOP with monitoring and improving patient care, NHS England and Improvement is mandating a restart to data collection in England for the NCAPOP. Data collection in Wales has been ongoing and should continue.

You can read the letter here

Also see the below letter from the joint cardiovascular Professional Societies, written last year:

https://www.nicor.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NICOR-PLG-Letter-final.pdf

Data access for researchers

Please email nicor.datarequests@nhs.net and your queries will be responded to in the normal way. Please note that whilst NICOR staff are working remotely telephone services are not available.  Therefore please do not leave any voicemail messages on any NICOR phones.

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