The Atrial Fibrillation programme has 3 aims. To detect AF; to protect people with AF from stroke and to perfect treatment of patients with AF. 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 strokes in patients with Atrial Fibrillation across Wessex. This is through increased detection of AF, protection from stroke by prescribing anticoagulants and finally perfecting treatment through education and resources. There is a thriving network and an education programme aimed at pharmacists and GPs. In Wessex 84.6% (18/19 QOF) of high risk patients with AF are prescribed anticoagulants against a target of 84%; 4447 new cases of AF were detected in 18/19, and the stroke rate in people known to have AF has reduced from 191 to 137 per 10,000 people since 2014.
Current projects include:
We have been successful in getting the programme noticed. The video Starting Anticoagulation with Jack won the 2017 Anticoagulation Alliance Award for best patient information. Jack, along with our New Medicines Service education programme featured in the 2017 Healthcare Pioneers Report. We were also shortlisted in the 2017 HSJ 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. Watch the film and find out more about Jack here.
We also have a short film about our outreach work between hospital and primary care showing how we have worked together to improve anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation in the community here.
Further Atrial Fibrillation resources are available here.
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