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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’.



Peter Ludman

Chair, BCIS Audit Lead

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Mamas Mamas

BCIS Audit Deputy Lead

University Hospital of North Staffordshire

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 cardiology, with an interest in interventional cardiology and data definitions. Currently doing a PhD in data science at the University of Leeds and have been involved in the development of international registries for a number of cardiovascular disease conditions.

Vinoda Sharma

Member Without Portfolio

Birmingham City Hospital

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


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


Nick Curzen


Southampton University Hospital

Clare Appleby

Honorary Secretary

Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital

Dan McKenzie


Royal United Hospital, Bath

Gerald Clesham

Clinical Standards Group

Basildon Hospital

Consultant Cardiologist, Essex Cardiothoracic Centre

Colin Berry

Research and Development Group Lead

Golden Jubilee National Hospital