The reality of Atrial Fibrillation
Watch Brenda, Ian, Alan and Philip and hear their own accounts of how living with AF has effected both them and their families.
- Only 1/3 of people who have AF-related stroke have been treated with anticoagulants.
- 25-30% of people with AF are estimated to be undiagnosed.
- A person with AF has five times the risk of having an AF-related stroke.
It's clear that more needs to be done to improve the detection and management of Atrial Fibrillation in the UK. So the BHF, Public Health England, AF Association and the Stroke Association formed a partnership to combine our specialist knowledge.
Together we held the AF and Stroke: we can do better conference on 24 September 2015.
What was the point?
This joint hosted conference was an inspiring day. The predominant aim was to share learning and support professionals working to improve the detection and management of AF in their local population.
The key objectives of the day were to:
illustrate the health and social care impact of AF-related stroke
draw on the evidence to improve detection and management of AF for optimal health outcomes
discuss and overcome the key challenges in implementing guidance
improve understanding and use of data, toolkits and resources
share good practice models that have illustrated impact
create a platform for learning and networking across the system
improve management of AF patients’ stroke risk.
The event successfully brought together a wealth of information, good practice and resources for providers and commissioners with the tools to support improvements along the AF care pathway.
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Who are our partners?
Public Health England
Public Health England brings together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service. They protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.
Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity, active across all four nations. Their vision is a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need.
Atrial Fibrillation Association is a UK registered charity which focuses on raising awareness of atrial fibrillation by providing information and support materials for patients and medical professionals involved in detecting, diagnosing and managing atrial fibrillation.
The BHF Alliance
The BHF Alliance is a free membership scheme that aims to support those who work with people affected by, or at the risk of developing, cardiovascular disease (CVD). Read more about the benefits of joining the BHF Alliance today.
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Key national agencies will continue to scope out and develop a population systems approach to support local commissioners and providers to improve detection and management for people with AF.
The national programme aims to help align and set a level of ambition across the AF care pathway, and unblock some of the challenges in the system through key ‘do once’ elements, such as:
- system leadership and consensus building across stakeholders
- improve data flows, sharing arrangements across primary and secondary care
- engagement with local areas to identify and disseminate good practice models, map current commissioning position and scale of need and unmet need
- improve communications and consistent messages on AF –professional and public facing
- recruit populations to report on an agreed AF quality dashboard to enable assessment, comparison and improvement across the system
- support to strengthen clinical leadership – training and education
- economic analysis to help inform priority setting and realistic achievement
- support the development of an AF community of practice to share good practice, improve collaboration and networking across the system.
A follow up conference will be delivered in 2016/17, providing an update on the national programme and local developments that have been implemented.