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DMAG and NICOR PCI Domain Expert Group

The role of the Data Monitoring and Analysis group is to help oversee the process of the BCIS audit and guide its direction.

The BCIS Data Monitoring and Analysis Group (DMAG) is chaired by the BCIS Audit Lead.  It oversees the direction of the audit, the development of the dataset and the evolution of the data collection process, and sits alongside the other working groups of the Society.

However, the DMAGs role has evolved in recent years as the structure of the UK audit processes has developed.  In 2011, the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) was set up as an independent body responsible for looking after several cardiovascular audits including the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP), and those headed by the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit ), the British Congenital Heart Disease Association (National Congenital Heart Disease Audit) and the British Society for Heart Failure and the British Heart Rhythm Society.  Funding was funnelled from the Department of Health through an organisation called the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to oversee the structure and deliver the funding of the cardiovascular audits.  In 2017, a decision was made to move NICOR from its original base at University College London to an NHS host, and it moved to its current location in Barts Heart NHS Trust.

While BCIS started the audit data collection and analysis process, in more recent times the number and variety of organisations with a legitimate interest in the outputs from the data collection process has increased.  NICOR’s remit became broader, no longer simply confined to the professional societies of its roots.  It became important to formalise the professional representation within NICOR and recognise that it was answerable to a larger audience.  The NICOR expert working groups were therefore set up, each representing one of the 6 audit domains (PCI, adult cardiac surgery, congenital cardiac surgery, heart failure, MINAP, EP and devices).  The Clinical Leads for each of these expert working groups have a contractual link to NICOR.

While it would be possible to have both a BCIS based Data Monitoring and Analysis Group, and a NICOR based PCI Expert Working Group, the membership of both groups would have been almost identical and it was felt that a single group should be able to full fill both roles, recognising that occasionally there might be tensions between the expectations of these roles. This is the current position, with Peter Ludman, as BCIS Audit Lead, and Mamas Mamas recently appointed as Deputy BCIS Audit lead.  They chair a combined BCIS ‘Data Monitoring and Analysis Group’ and the NICOR ‘PCI expert group’.



Mamas Mamas

Chair, BCIS Audit Lead

University Hospital North Midlands

Sreenivasa Rao Kondapally Seshasai

Deputy Audit Lead

St George’s Hospital

Muhammad Rashid


Royal Stoke University Hospital

Sudhakar George

Member Without Portfolio

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Suleman Aktaa

Member Without Portfolio

Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Higher Specialty Trainee in interventional cardiology at Leeds General Infirmary. Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. PhD in cardiovascular data science, with an extensive experience in the development of international registries and quality indicators for cardiovascular disease.

Vinoda Sharma

Member Without Portfolio

Birmingham City Hospital

I am an Interventional Cardiology Consultant at Birmingham City Hospital, SWBH NHS Trust since 2016.
I completed an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship from Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto General Hospital.
I am a trained CTO PCI operator with interests in CT coronary angiography and intracoronary imaging. I am a PI for many multi-centre cardiovascular trials and my research interests are calcium modification and CTO PCI.
In addition, I am a member of the Women As One (WAO) international organisation for female Cardiologists and am keen on encouraging and guiding junior female cardiology trainees.

David Adlam

Member Without Portfolio

Glenfield Hospital

Paul Das

Member Without Portfolio

Glan Clwyd Hospital

Rajesh Kharbanda

Member Without Portfolio

John Radcliffe Hospital

Tim Kinnaird

Member Without Portfolio

University Hospital of Wales

Miles Curtis

Centre Database Manger/Clinical Effectiveness

Alexander McLaren

Senior Medical Device Specialist & MHRA Representative

Clive Weston

MINAP Clinical Lead

James Chal

NICOR Chief Operating Officer

Sue Manuel

NICOR Database Developer

Samuel Perwaiz

NICOR Project Manager

James Ian Neill

Patient Representative

Keith Wilson

Patient Representative

Beverley Sneezum

Patient Representative


David Hildick-Smith


Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor Hildick-Smith is a Cardiologist in Brighton with an interest in Clinical Research and Structural Heart Disease

Gerald Clesham

Honorary Secretary

Basildon Hospital

Consultant Cardiologist, Essex Cardiothoracic Centre

Dan McKenzie


Royal United Hospital, Bath

Helen Routledge

Clinical Standards Group Lead

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

CSG Chair
Stroke Thrombectomy Focus Group

Vijay Kunadian

Research and Development Group Lead

Freeman Hospital

Professor Vijay Kunadian
MBBS, MD, MRCP (Edin), FRCP (Edin), FACC, FESC, PG Dip Clinical Trials (LSHTM), WTL* (Oxford)

Professor Kunadian is a Professor of Interventional Cardiology holding a Personal Chair at Newcastle University and Honorary Academic Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Professor Kunadian completed all her cardiology and interventional cardiology training in the North East of England. She undertook an international academic fellowship in cardiology at the TIMI/PERFUSE Study group, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston MA. Professor Kunadian has an international reputation in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular research, making her a sought-after and respected speaker at prominent national and international meetings. She has championed diversity in her specialty as a role model; only 5% of interventional cardiologist are female in the UK, <1% are clinical academics/researchers and only female interventional cardiologist holding a University Personal Chair.