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Independent evaluation of the AHSN Network mobile ECG roll-out programme

The national roll out of mobile ECG devices by Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) was born out of a system-wide procurement ... read more

Adapting stroke services during the COVID-19 pandemic: an implementation

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Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme

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Guidance for the safe switching of warfarin to direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for patients with non-valvular AF and venous thromboembolism (DVT / PE) during the coronavirus pandemic

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Clinical guide for the management of anticoagulant services during the coronavirus pandemic

Anticoagulant services may not seem to be in the frontline with coronavirus but we do have a key role in continuing to keep patients on read more

Public Health England CVD Ambitions

A new coalition led by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England has announced the first ever national ambitions to improve the ... read more

Atrial fibrillation and heart valve disease: self-monitoring coagulation status using point-of-care coagulometers (the CoaguChek XS system)

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Commissioning for Quality and Innovation

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CVDPrevent Audit

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2020 GP Contract

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NHS Long Term Plan

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Atrial fibrillation: management – NICE guideline (update)

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Overview of AF Management

Examples of clinical guidance relating to Atrial Fibrillation stroke prevention. This includes an overview of AF Management from the ... read more

Key requirements for the specialist anticoagulant pharmacist

Key requirements for the specialist anticoagulant pharmacist or other suitably qualified clinician (over and above standard ... read more

Template – AF Virtual Clinic Service Spec

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The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Virtual Clinic Model – Slides

The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Virtual Clinic Model - Slides read more

Virtual Clinics Webinar – FAQs

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NHS Stroke action will save hundreds of lives

A new £9 million programme to spot heart conditions earlier will save at least 200 lives and offer protection to thousands more, NHS ... read more

Promoting adherence during anticoagulant therapy

Here is a road map of the different points that adherence support can be provided during a patient’s Adherence to journey following ... read more

Atrial fibrillation: time for active case finding

Substantial evidence has now accrued to robustly support systematic case finding using pulse regularity checks in general practice to ... read more

Quality and Outcomes Framework, Achievement, prevalence and exceptions data 2018-19 PAS

The objective of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is to improve the quality of care patients are given by rewarding practices ... read more

Effectiveness of Systematic Screening for the Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. ... read more

A Randomised Controlled Trial and Cost-Effectiveness Study of Systematic Screening – The SAFE Study

To determine the most cost-effective method of screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) in the population aged 65 years and over, as well read more

Keele Anticoagulation Therapy Decision Making

This decision support tool is designed to assist UK healthcare professionals in the appropriate prescribing of anticoagulation therapy ... read more

SDM Magic North – AF Decision Aids

Shared Decision Making Magic North is a website that includes numerous resources and external links to decision aids for Atrial Fibrillation. read more

NHS Standard Contract

NHS Standard Contract 2019/20 Particulars (Shorter Form). Published: March 2019 read more

Primary Care Intelligence Packs

This guidance is for commissioners, public health directors and others involved in the local planning and provision of services and ... read more

Thrombosis UK

Thrombosis UK is a leader in identifying, informing and partnering the NHS, healthcare providers and individuals to work to improve ... read more

Stroke Association

Stroke Association support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. Providing specialist support, fund critical research and ... read more

NICE AF Management Guidance

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing atrial fibrillation in adults. It aims to ensure that people receive the best management ... read more

Lead-I ECG devices for detecting symptomatic atrial fibrillation using single time point testing in primary care

Evidence-based recommendations on lead-I electrocardiogram (ECG) devices (imPulse, Kardia Mobile, MyDiagnostick and Zenicor-ECG) for ... read more

NICE AF Guidance Link

This quality standard covers identifying and managing atrial fibrillation (including paroxysmal, persistent and permanent atrial ... read more

Atrial fibrillation prevalence estimates for local populations

Gov.uk website that estimates of the number of people with atrial fibrillation in GP practices and clinical commissioning group (CCG) ... read more

EHRA Key references on atrial fibrillation: medical therapy, anticoagulation and device therapy

2012 focused update of the ESC Guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation: an update of the 2010 ESC Guidelines for the ... read more

Atrial Fibrillation (Management of) Guidelines

Despite good progress in the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), this arrhythmia remains one of the major causes of ... read more

BHF Link – checking your pulse

How to check your pulse. You may be able to tell if you have a regular or irregular heart beat by checking your pulse. This is ... read more

BHF Link

BHF’s vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. A world without heartbreak. read more

European Heart Rhythm Association Link

afibmatters.org – your all-in-one resource for everything to do with atrial fibrillation. read more

CoaguChek – Because it’s my life Link

Anticoagulation Point of Care at Roche Diagnostics is committed to providing support in the NHS domains of the operating framework, and read more

Know Your Pulse PDF Link

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Arrhythmia Alliance Link – Know Your Pulse

The AA Know Your Pulse (KYP) campaign promotes the need for people to be aware of their pulse and for the need to include routine ... read more

QOF Data Link

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary annual reward and incentive programme for all GP surgeries in England, ... read more

National Patient Safety Alert Link

Learning from patient safety incidents. Why recording patient safety incidents is important for learning and how to report these ... read more

Arrhythmia Alliance – Rhythm Week Link

Every June, the Arrythmia Alliance organises Heart Rhythm Week, and the AF Association's International AF Awareness Week occurs every ... read more

Arrhythmia Alliance Link

A-A is a coalition of charities, patient groups, patients, carers, medical groups and allied professionals to promote timely and ... read more

Anticoagulation Europe Link

Anticoagulants are a type of drug that reduces the body’s ability to form clots in the blood. Search by all disease and ... read more

Service Specification for Primary Care Anticoagulation Locally Commissioned Service 2015-16

The primary care anticoagulation service in Camden is a local commissioned service (LCS) supported by clinical governance provided by ... read more

Information on Patient Self Testing Link

Patient self-testing and self-management of oral anti-coagulants with vitamin K antagonists. Availability of fully automated point of ... read more

AFA Healthcare Pioneers Report – Showcasing Best Practice In AF 2020

The AF Association – Healthcare Pioneers Report 2020 includes 17 case studies describing best practice to establish or grow existing ... read more

AFA Healthcare Pioneers Report – Showcasing Best Practice In AF 2018

The AF Association – Healthcare Pioneers Report 2018 includes 38 articles describing ways of finding patients with undiagnosed AF ... read more

AFA Healthcare Pioneers – Showcasing Best Practice In AF 2017

The case studies in this report are excellent examples of innovative, efficient and effective AF services. Commissioners across the NHS read more

AFA EU Healthcare Pioneers – Defining Best Practice In AF 2016

The 2016 EU Healthcare Pioneers Report captures the best practice principles and case studies to show ways to improve detection ... read more

AFA Healthcare Pioneers Report – Showcasing Best Practice In AF 2015

This report, which has been developed by the AF Association and endorsed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Atrial Fibrillation ... read more

AFA Healthcare Pioneers Report – Showcasing Best Practice In AF 2019

The AF Association – Healthcare Pioneers Report 2019 includes 15 case studies describing best practice to establish or grow existing ... read more

Using mobile ECG devices to increase detection of AF

This paper outlines the experience and learning from one AHSN, aiming to review the feasibility of using mobile ECG devices in a range ... read more

Improving Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes: A Resource for Primary Care

The resources includes: Local data tools for exploring your current position with the ambitions for hypertension, atrial fibrillation ... read more

Improving the detection and management of AF in the North West Coast

The Innovation Agency (Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast) has been one of a number of organisations to deliver ... read more

KSS AHSN Alliance for Atrial Fibrillation Poster

AF-Related Strokes are severe and are associated with significant mortality and morbidity. KSS AHSN Alliance for AF aims to improve the read more

ESC CONGRESS 2019 – Rapid referral to a one-stop AF clinic

This case study was produced to assess the feasibility of screening by community pharmacists with onward referral to an innovative ... read more

Redbridge AF Improvement Scheme QOF Results

This study aims to assess the impact of a specialist pharmacist working as part of a multidisciplinary team on the improvement of ... read more

Innovation Agency Case Study – AF and Stroke Prevention for the North West Coast

Ongoing work to identify atrial fibrillation (AF) has led to more than 500 potential stokes being avoided, saving around £11.2m in NHS ... read more

Innovation Agency Case Study – Atrial Fibrillation Collaborative

The Innovation Agency created a North West Coast Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Collaborative to enable GPs to better identify patients with ... read more

Innovation Agency Case Study – Recruiting Firefighters to prevent strokes

A partnership with firefighters and clinical commissioners in Cheshire led to 201 people in 18 months being identified with ... read more

AF BJGP 2019 Robson

This case study discusses the symptomatic detection of AF using episodic manual or electronic pulse regularity checks with ... read more

YHAHSN – Working together to help reduce stroke risk

This document discusses the effect AF and strokes have on patients and how the number of AF-related strokes can be avoided through ... read more

Oxleas RCPsych Conference Mobile ECG Poster

This information poster discusses the use of single-lead ECGs. It evaluates the quality, the accuracy and compares the QTc of ... read more

AF detection in GSTT podiatry paper for podiatry now

This case study covers the importance of early detection and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors to help patients live longer. read more

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