Conference Posters and Presentations

The day focused around a variety of inspiring talks from many respected members in the sector. Many discussions addressed issues on impact, audit data, implementation and improving individual patient care with proper management of AF. 

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. Available for you to download below is the range of posters and high profile presentations referenced at the conference.

Clinical posters

An audit in general practice: assessing whether patients with AF at risk of ischaemic stroke are receiving anticoagulation therapy Brighton and Sussex Medical School 
Making an impact on stroke prevention Community Pharmacist
Development of an innovative e-learning course to support patients' self-testing oral anticoagulation  Helicon Health & Whittington Health
Opportunistic screening for AF for over 65s during flu clinics and anticoagulation for the prevention of stroke in primary care
NHS Dorset CCG
Innovative approaches to increase the identification of Atrial Fibrillation in the community and primary care North West Coats AHSN
Using data to improve the detection and management of Atrial Fibrillation
West Midlands Cardiovascular Strategic Clinical Network


Professor Peter Weissberg 
Medical Director, British Heart Foundation
Peter Weissberg graduated in Medicine from the University of Birmingham and trained as a clinical cardiologist in the West Midlands. Following a period as Medical Research Council Research Fellow at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, Professor Weissberg was appointed to a BHF Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and subsequently became our first BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine. His predominant research interest has been in the cell biology of atherosclerotic plaques, and his group was amongst the first to develop clinical imaging techniques to characterise the cellular composition of atherosclerotic plaques in patients. In 2004 he was appointed Medical Director of the BHF, which distributes over £100million annually for cardiovascular research, prevention and care in the UK.

Professor Peter Weissberg

Dr Matthew Fay
General Practitioner,
The Willows Medical Practice Bedford

In 2001 Dr Fay established a GPwSI cardiology service in North Bradford which has expanded to provide services in Ilkley and Queensbury. He was a member of the NICE AF Guideline Development Group and is a standing committee member of NICE Quality Standard Advisory Committee. He is currently an Executive of the Atrial Fibrillation Association, STARS (the Syncope Trust), Arrhythmia Alliance, Anticoagulation Europe, on the Expert Advisory Panel for the Stroke Association, the faculty for Heart Valve Voice and a Trustee of Thrombosis UK.
As a father of four he insists that he is first and foremost a family doctor, spending the majority of his time seeing people in the setting of a General Practitioner.

Dr Matthew Fay
Trudie C A Lobban
MBE, FRCP Founder
CEO of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Association

AF Association is an international charity established in 2007, working to provide information, support and access to existing, new or innovative treatments for Atrial Fibrillation. Trudie sits on many medical boards and groups and is a council member of various committees and boards. She has also authored and co-authored numerous medical papers relating to arrhythmias.
Trudie was instrumental in introducing new standards in the UK for arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death with the successful launch of an extra chapter in the National Service Framework on Coronary Heart Disease by the Government and UK Department of Health in 2004/5.
Trudie Lobban

Dr Dhiraj Gupta
Clinical lead for the PCAF service

Dr Gupta is a consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, the largest cardiac unit in the UK. He is also Senior Lecturer at the Imperial College London, where he supervises doctoral research students.
He has gained national repute for his expertise in treating patients suffering from AF, and was awarded the Arrhythmia Alliance Excellence in Practice Award in 2014 for ‘Outstanding Individual who has contributed to Arrhythmia Services’.
Dr Gupta has worked closely with the British Heart Foundation to author and edit their educational materials for AF, and he is member of the Medical Advisory Board of the AF Association UK.

Dr Dhiraj Gupta
Dr James McGowan
National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow, NICE

Dr McGowan completed his undergraduate medical training at Edinburgh and practised as a Foundation Doctor in Glasgow. He recently completed the Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University where he concentrated on health policy and management. During his time in the United States he worked with UK Trade and Investment to examine barriers to adoption of the World Health Organization Safe Surgery Checklist within the NHS, where he developed a broader interest in implementation issues. He is currently a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow at NICE. At NICE, Dr McGowan aims to develop his interest in implementation and gain a deeper understanding of how national healthcare organisations can impact on public Health and clinical practice at a local level.

Dr James McGowan
Matthew Cripps
National Director, NHS Right Care

Professor Cripps is a chartered accountant and was an NHS Director of Finance before he moved into change management. He is Emeritus Professor of population healthcare improvement at the University of Salford, and was previously Professor of Business Processing and Knowledge Transfer at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Professor Cripps has also written six publications on finance, business planning and healthcare system improvement, published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and the Healthcare Finance Managers Association. He holds positions on numerous Public Health England and NHS England programme boards and leads the Commissioning for Value programme for NHS England, in partnership with Public Health England.

Prof Matthew Cripps
Sotiris Antoniou
Consultant Pharmacist Barts Health NHS Trust and UCL Partners

Sotiris is a Consultant Pharmacist at Barts Heart Centre and combined with his UCL Partners role supports medicines optimisation across the health economy to optimise patient outcomes and address unmet local needs. He is chair of the Cardiac Committee for UK Clinical Pharmacy Association and chair of the international Pharmacist Anticoagulation Taskforce. He has also been successful in obtaining a Darzi funded fellow to ‘co-design and test a new referral pathway for people with Atrial Fibrillation with community pharmacists’ with the aim to support individuals understanding of their condition and their therapy with the aim of optimising adherence.
Sotiris has served on many NICE development groups and is a current NICE TA member of the highly specialist technology appraisal group.

Sotiris Antoniou
Richard Healicon
Programme Delivery Lead, NHS IQ
Dr Healicon initially worked as a GP in Northumberland and subsequently trained in Public Health, working for a variety of Public Health organisations within the North East of England before moving to work for NHS Improvement and NHS IQ.
He is currently promoting the use of audit in primary care to help improve the management of a range of conditions, including the GRASP suite of audit tools to help GPs improve the management of AF, COP and heart failure.
He has many years of experience in using data within GP information systems to improve the quality of primary care services and to inform commissioning and service improvement at local, regional and national levels.

Dr Richard Healicon
Dr Yassir Javaid 
Cardiovascular Lead, Nene CCG
Dr Javaid qualified from Cambridge University and completed his GP VTS training in Northampton. He has an interest in cardiology and echocardiography and was a clinical lead in the Northamptonshire Community Cardiology service, which had a focus on patients with heart failure and valve disease. More recently he has become involved in a number of cardiology up-skilling projects within primary care in the East Midlands with the aim to improve the optimisation of patients with heart failure, atrial fibrillation and stable coronary disease. He is the primary care CVD lead for Nene CCG and the East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network, and is tasked with addressing the unwarranted variation in cardiovascular related premature mortality seen across the region. He also is a council member of the British Heart Valve Society and on the editorial board for the British Journal of Cardiology.
Dr Yassir Javaid
Morven Dunn
CVD Clinical Coordinator, British Heart Foundation
Morven has enjoyed working within cardiology nursing for the last 20 years; over that time she has had the privilege of working in a plethora of cardiac care settings including: CCU, cardiac ICU, cardiac rehab and CVD nurse in Primary Care. Morven also worked as a Cardiology Nurse Specialist, setting up nurse led clinics. This work piqued a particular interest in developing rapid access clinics, one of which was for those with AF. Her passion for AF was ignited and resulted in a BHF funded post - Practice Development Nurse Practitioner in AF. This role focused on audit and education across primary and secondary care in NHS Lanarkshire.
Her current role is as a CVD Clinical Development Coordinator with the British Heart Foundation. This role involves CVD education and teaching, focusing on primary care settings.
Morven Dunn
Jan Procter-King 
Practice Nurse, Editor of the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing and Lead Trainer for Et al Training
Jan is a primary care nurse who remains a practice nurse in Bradford, she edits the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing for CVD, Diabetes, kidney care and liver disease, is the managing Director of Et al Training and a member of the National Primary Care CVD forum.
Previously, she has been the President of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society and Primary Care CVD Nurse advisor for DH.
Jan Procter-King
Dr Allison Streetly - OBE, BA, MB BChir, MSc, FFPH
Public Health consultant, Deputy Director Healthcare
  • Dr Streetly did not have a PowerPoint, but spoke at the conference

Dr Streetly studied medicine and social and political sciences at Cambridge University. She trained in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and SE London, Kent and East Sussex.
Prior to her work with PHE, Dr Streetly was Programme Director of the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme she set up, and which completed implementation of newborn & antenatal screening in 2008. She  also supported the development of a network of centres for the care of children with sickle cell disorders to ensure that babies identified by the screening process are enrolled into effective care programmes, achieving recognition of the need for a nationally commissioned service following on from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (2008). She has a long history of working with the voluntary sector, and users have always been a key priority in her work, as has community engagement work more generally. 

 Allison Streetly