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The National Heart Failure Audit was established in 2007 to monitor the care and treatment of patients in England and Wales with acute heart failure. The audit reports on all patients discharged from hospital with a primary diagnosis of heart failure, publishing analysis on patient outcomes and clinical practice. Audit findings can be used to measure the implementation of contemporary guidelines for the clinical management of heart failure from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Association (ESC HFA).
The audit has consistently shown that specialist cardiology input and the prescription of recommended treatments are associated with prolonged survival and better outcomes for heart failure patients. Audit data is used by a number of national groups, including the NHS Information Centre, the Care Quality Commission and, as of 2012, audit analysis will be published on data.gov.uk.
The British Society for Heart Failure provides clinical input and strategic direction to the National Heart Failure Audit. The audit is managed by the National Institute of Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR), part of the National Centre for Cardiovascular Preventions and Outcomes (NCCPO) at University College London. It is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).