The Atrial fibrillation programme has 3 aims. To detect AF; to perfect treatment of patients with AF and; to protect people with AF from stroke. To achieve these aims we have a broad programme of work.
Over the past four years, the programme has seen fantastic engagement and results in its work to reduce stroke across Wessex through the use of anticoagulants in treating Atrial Fibrillation. There is a thriving network and an education programme aimed at pharmacists and GPs. In Wessex 83.6% (17/18 QOF) of high risk patients with AF are prescribed anticoagulants against a target of 84%; 3200 new cases of AF were detected in 17/18, and the stroke rate in people known to have AF has reduced from 191 to 140 per 10,000 people since 2014.
Current projects include:
We have been successful in getting the programme noticed, with an Anticoagulation Alliance Award for best patient information for Starting Anticoagulation with Jack and, features on 'Jack' and our New medicines Service education programme in the 2017 Healthcare Pioneers Report. We were also shortlisted in the 2017 Patient Safety Awards.
Starting Anticoagulation with Jack is a short film for patients about anticoagulation, developed with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Voluntary organisations and patient groups. We also have a short film about our outreach work between hospital and primary care showing how we're working together to improve anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation in the community.
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