British Heart Foundation

   British Heart Foundation (BHF) National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation

NHS Digital


About us

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR) is hosted by the University of York in collaboration with NHS Digital.

The NACR aims to:

  1. Monitor and support cardiovascular rehabilitation (CR) teams and commissioners in delivering high-quality and effective services, to evidence-based standards, for the benefit of all eligible patients.

  2. Map the extent of provision and highlight inequalities and insufficiencies in delivery against key service indicators at Strategic Clinical Network, Clinical Commissioning Group, Health Board and Cardiac Network levels for over 320 programmes in the UK.

  3. Design and implement research to determine the effectiveness of routinely delivered CR services on patient agreed outcomes, cardiovascular disease risk profiles and health and social care utilisation.

  4. Use audit and research data generated through the NACR to inform:

    • NICE clinical guidance and service specification development
    • Clinical practice standards from national associations
    • NHS healthcare commissioning processes and decision making
    • The public and cardiac patient groups about how their local services are performing.

NACR on BBC Radio 4 'Inside Health'

Professor Patrick Doherty speaks to Dr Mark Porter about cardiac rehabilitation and the national audit.

2017 Annual Report

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Uptake Project

The National Audit of Cardiac Rehab (NACR) team is working to develop innovative solutions to help rehab programmes to better engage with patients about accessing cardiac rehab and making the most of their rehab experience. For this to work it should be informed by the experiences and needs of people who have been a patient, or carer of a patient, after a cardiac event. If you are interested in helping us we would ask you to complete a short online survey which is available at

NACR and the Cardiac Rehab Pathway

NACR and the Cardiac Rehab Pathway

 The University of York