Cross Party Group Inquiry into Atrial Fibrillation in Scotland

The Cross Party Group (CPG) on Heart Disease and Stroke is holding an Inquiry into Atrial Fibrillation (AF) diagnosis, treatment and care in Scotland. The Inquiry process involves gathering information from clinicians and others with an interest in AF services in Scotland and from people living with AF.

What is atrial fibrillation?

AF is one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm and a major cause of stroke. You can find out more about AF here.

What will the Inquiry cover? 

The CPG is made up of a group of MSPs, clinicians, policy staff and people with experience of heart disease or stroke.

The Inquiry will look into diagnosis, treatment and care of people in Scotland living with AF. Evidence will be gathered from a wide range of individuals and organisations with an interest in AF – including patients, clinicians and commissioners.

How will patients be involved?

In order to ensure that a broad range of experiences from people with AF will be fed into the Inquiry, we have drafted a specific consultation document to take account of their experiences.

We also plan to organise at least one roundtable discussion after the initial consultation has ended so that people living with the condition have an opportunity to discuss and feed further information in with regard to the issues raised at the formal consultation stage.

What will be the result?

The plan is to publish and launch a report of the findings in January 2018. This will be a discussion document, with the aim of informing members of the CPG about the issues, raising awareness more widely and recommending courses of action for the CPG to take when engaging with government and National Advisory Committees on AF.

How can I take part?

If you are living with AF in Scotland and wish to share your views you can do so through answering the questions in this consultation form.

If you are a clinician or work for an organisation with an interest in AF services in Scotland, you can feed in your views through this consultation form.