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The National Certification Programme for Cardiac Rehabilitation (NCP_CR) is a joint project between the BACPR and NACR that has been running for nearly four years. Since 2018, certification standards for all programmes in England, Northern Ireland and Wales have been reported as part of the NACR Quality and Outcomes Report.
What does “minimum standard” mean?
The updated BACPR Standards & Core Components were published in 2017, and represent agreed national standards for the delivery of CR in the UK. Over the past few years, there has been a growing emphasis on quality assurance of services across the NHS. However, through NACR data analyses and published research it’s clear that around a quarter of cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation programmes in the UK meet quality standards with others at less than optimal levels service delivery.
The NCP_CR, Steering Group strives to make the certification process: easy to access, attainable and ensure the process is equitable.
Before any programme can be assessed against NCP_CR Key Performance Indicators they must be entering data into the National Audit for Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR).
The KPIs (below) are based on NCP_CR agreed standards that are informed by the BACPR Standards and Core Components (2017). Certification is achieved through meeting all 7 KPIs:
3 Minimum Standards (1-3) and 4 Standards based on national averages.
* Information on staffing profile and MDT is taken from the NACR annual paper survey sent out each year by NACR team. This information is not available from the electronic NACR database. In order for certification to be validated each CR team must return the NACR annual paper survey form with staffing detail sections completed.
The NACR Quality and Outcomes Report () shows a full list of all registered CR programmes:
Green: Meeting all 7 minimum standards (‘certified’)
Amber: Meeting 4-6 minimum standards
Red: Meeting 1-3 minimum standards
Fail: Meeting 0 standards or not entering data on NACR
and this list will be updated on an annual basis.
NCP_CR quality appraisal is an annual process meaning that each year there will be an updated version of the extent by which programmes meet the KPIs and their certification status. All current certification will finish on publication of the next NACR Quality and Outcomes Report at which point all confirmed certified sites will be informed of their new status. For current list of certified sites please click here.
If you have any queries regarding your programme’s NACR data, please
contact Nerina Onion (firstname.lastname@example.org)