National Cardiac Audit Programme COVID-19 report

Reports | Published: 10 Sep 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented all parts of the NHS with major challenges. In a very short period of time, local health systems have been through a major reorganisation of their services to deal with the huge rise in patients requiring critical and specialist care for pneumonia, respiratory failure and sepsis. This has had a big impact on the care of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) has worked with the cardiovascular professional societies and individual hospitals to ensure a continuous flow of data to assess the effect of the pandemic on patients with CVD.

A close collaboration between NHS Digital, NICOR and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership with NHS England has also transformed the information governance landscape by creating a linked ‘cardiovascular data spine’. This has enabled data to be collated and analysed rapidly to inform government and NHS policy.

A cardiovascular specialty strategic group was set up to inform and perform a series of analyses using national datasets and has initiated a number of workstreams. This report presents initial findings from the impact of the pandemic on clinical pathways for routine cardiovascular care workstream.

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National Cardiac Audit Programme COVID-19 report