Please find below a list of frequently asked questions we get asked.

ICNARC provides access to or analysis of data on:

ICNARC’s data come from our national clinical audits, including the Case Mix Programme and the National Cardiac Arrest Audit, and from our completed research studies.

ICNARC is open for data sharing with anyone who is interested in analysing the data for local quality improvement or research purposes if they correspond with the requirements. The list of potential data users includes, but is not limited to universities, hospitals, researchers, and clinicians.

ICNARC’s data can be accessed by completing the application form and submitting it to ICNARC. The application forms can be found here.


To get access to certain types of data, such as patient-level data, the interested person must have all necessary permissions, required by the General Data Protection Regulation and Common Law Duty of Confidentiality. According to the above regulations, such permissions are either the patient’s consent or the CAG and HRA approval of use of the Section 251 of the NHS Act of 2006.

All data access and analysis requests take time and resources to complete. ICNARC’s Board of Management (Trustees) has stipulated that the requestor must meet these requests’ costs. Requests from participating units relating to using their own data for local quality improvement purposes are usually covered within the annual Case Mix Programme subscription rate. All other requests incur a charge. Actual costs are provided in the Data access and analyses request policy.


ICNARC recognises that it is bound by the duty of confidentiality and that it has a responsibility to protect information (data). To this end, ICNARC stores the data on its servers protected with the highest level of security and the preferred method of data transfer is via the online secure file sharing system ‘File Exchange’ or the Mimecast Large File Send.