National Cardiac Audit Programme (NCAP) Annual Report 2018
Published: 22 Nov 2018
This report by NCAP is the first to report on six major national clinical audits of care of patients treated in the UK for heart disease. The six audits are: Congenital audit, Heart Attack audit, Angioplasty audit, Adult Surgery audit, Heart Failure audit and Arrhythmia audit.
This aggregate report highlights aspects of safety, clinical effectiveness and patient outcomes. The audit findings recognise areas of clinical excellence that can be adopted across the NHS, but also identify areas where care falls below expected standards. These standards should be used to determine local and national quality improvement aims for clinicians, service managers and commissioners.
The emphasis of this report has moved away from the simple reporting of data to the recommendation of key national improvement targets and the highlighting of best practice.
The report focuses on quality improvements grouped around three themes: