Originating from Lambeth and Southwark CCGs and rolled out in South London by the Health Innovation Network, the AF Virtual Clinic model is an award-winning new care model, referenced in the NHS Long Term Plan, that aims to improve anticoagulation provision for people with AF.
By targeting help at those people most at risk of illness, and training up specialist clinicians, the NHS in England will help families across the country avoid the pain and loss associated with stroke.
NHS medical director, Professor Stephen Powis
In 2018, following the success of the model in South London, NHS England provided funding to 23 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across England in a demonstrator programme to deliver AF virtual clinics and further evaluate this approach. Further information from NHS England regarding this can be found here.
The AHSN was heavily involved in supporting the CCGs throughout this programme and developed a suite of resources to support the delivery of the model including a baseline assessment of capacity, specifications for the anticoagulation specialist, and a data collection tool which can be accessed in this section. You will also find case studies from sites that have successfully delivered AF virtual clinics, including their impressive results on improving anticoagulation uptake and the number of AF-related strokes that have been prevented.
Confirmation of CCG capacity to take part in Atrial Fibrillation (AF) patient optimisation demonstrator programme read more
Example AF Virtual Clinic data collection form read more
The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Virtual Clinic Model - Slides read more