The AF Association is a UK
charity that focuses on raising awareness of AF by providing information and
support materials for patients and medical professionals involved in detecting,
diagnosing and managing AF. Each year, the AF Association Healthcare Pioneer
awards recognise those who demonstrate excellent clinical practice and the
development of AF services to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
The other AHSN projects
recognised amongst the 17 winners were:
- East Midlands AHSN, for work in partnership with East Midlands
Clinical Network and 19 Clinical Commissioning Groups, preventing an estimated
167 strokes, 56 deaths, secure health and care cost efficiencies of
£3.45million per year.
- Health Innovation Manchester, for supporting NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG,
facilitating pharmacy-led clinical reviews in 38 GP practices to detect and
optimise treatment for those with AF.
- Health Innovation Network, for supporting Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation
Trust to trial mobile ECG devices. These were used in in community clinics,
domiciliary settings and at awareness events. Opportunistic testing was also
conducted by community podiatrists.
- Oxford AHSN, for working with Buckinghamshire CCG to improve
therapy for a patient cohort with complex needs that had not been met by
existing anticoagulation pathways.
- Eastern AHSN, for work with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings
Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, providing mobile ECG devices which contributed to 49
patients newly diagnosed with AF and 44 patients started on anticoagulation
The overarching national
AHSN programme was independently recognised for its achievements since it was
established in 2016. The programme has focused efforts across the entire
AF pathway, and has distributed 6,000 digital AF detection devices across
the NHS , and is working to address variation in anticoagulation prescribing
by assisting CCGs to deliver a new model of care which utilises
anticoagulation expertise to provide bespoke education and support to primary
The awards took place
during the AF Association Global AF Aware Week Parliamentary Event, held within
the Palace of Westminster.