About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) is the first time the Scottish Cardiac Audit Programme (SCAP) has released data in relation to cardiac interventions undertaken in Scotland. This covers the areas of congenital heart disease, adult percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and adult cardiac surgery.

Main points

  • SCAP has received data submissions up to 2021/22 for the four audit areas. Throughout 2021/22 there were 8,891 PCI, 2,061 adult cardiac surgery, 575 congenital heart disease and 488 TAVI procedures.
Image caption Number of cardiac procedures included within SCAP


The Scottish Cardiac Audit Programme (SCAP) is part of the Scottish National Audit Programme in PHS. Scottish Government commissioned PHS to establish the development of the SCAP from 1 April 2021. This is to help and support the delivery of Priority 4 of the Heart disease action plan 2021. It states:

Effective use of data: We will ensure that high-quality, standardised data is available and used effectively to support clinical decision-making, understand patient outcomes and enable better service-planning.

The four audits within this release were previously managed by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) as part of an agreement with the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) supported by NHS England. These data are now submitted directly to PHS and SCAP reports this information and benchmarks with the NICOR reports with data which are publicly available. SCAP is working closely with the clinical community, service planners and those with lived experience to co-design the future of the audit programme. Areas under development include:

  • atrial fibrillation
  • hypertension
  • heart failure
  • coronary artery disease
  • cardiac devices and arrhythmia interventions

Further information

The next release of this publication will be early 2024.

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Last updated: 09 March 2023
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