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 year, 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 GP's. The programme has delivered a 67% increase in anticoagulant prescribing across Wessex, with 60% of providers showing a reduction in stroke plus a 17% reduction in the variation in exception reporting.
We have a PRIMIS facilitator in post, who is able to help practices to set up and run GRASP AF and Warfarin Patient Safety Audits, to identify patients who need treatment reviews. In West Hampshire CCG’s area, supported by the AHSN, 51 practices were supported to use PRIMIS audit tools to identify at-risk patients and, as a consequence, demonstrated a reduction of 47 strokes in eight months, saving the NHS (an estimated) £2m.
We have been sucessful in getting our work noticed, being shortlisted for HSJ Value in Healthcare award in 2016 and an HSJ Patient Safety Award in 201. It won a Quality in Anticoagulation award for the development of nurse-led anticoagulation services with Salisbury NHS Trust.
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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