The top priority of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) is patients’ interests. We want to give patients, their families, friends, and carers, helpful information about their medical condition. This includes publishing material about the hospitals and consultant surgeons in the UK that specialise in cardiothoracic surgery.

Heart surgery The work to develop the cardiac database, refine the methodology for analysis and produce the outputs on this site was supported by a charitable grant from Heart Research UK.

Outcome data is available for cardiothoracic units and surgeons.

More information and analysis from six sub-specialty cardiac audits is available at the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR): National Cardiac Outcome Programme

Chest surgery In 2014 the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership asked the National Lung Cancer Audit and the SCTS to produce outcomes data on operations for primary lung cancer in England.

Outcome data is available for cardiothoracic units and surgeons.

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Click the links below to view more information on Audit & Outcomes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery and Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

TAVI audit data to 2016 is available as a slideset here.

Maintaining patient’s trust

The SCTS believes that we, in partnership with other organisations, have a responsibility to monitor and publish the outcomes of our surgery. By doing this, we aim to ensure that the trust placed in the medical profession by our patients is well deserved. You can find out more information about how we do this in our book, Maintaining Patients’ Trust’, which can be viewed online, downloaded and printed.

Maintaining Patients’ Trust (downloadable pdf)  professionalism2011

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