KSS AHSN.JPGAF Award winners! 

The Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) Alliance for Atrial Fibrillation (AF) was announced as one of the AF Association Healthcare Pioneers Report 2019 – Showcasing Best Practice in AF winners for its project Detect. Review. Protect at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Atrial Fibrillation meeting held on 21 November 2018 in the Palace of Westminster, London.

Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and CEO of AF Association congratulated the 2019 winners stating "The AF Association Healthcare Pioneers Report 2019 demonstrates truly innovative best practice covering identification, diagnosis, management, treatment and care of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), which we summarise as Detect, Protect, Correct and Perfect. Each year we share the Report with Commissioners and healthcare professionals across the NHS plus policy makers and MPs urging them to use these case studies as a benchmark to drive improvement in processes and patient pathways for the diagnosis, treatment, and care of AF patients."

"This years' entries were once again of a very high standard demonstrating the ongoing innovative work aimed at improving the lives of AF patients. I would like to thank everyone who entered, and especially commend those chosen as this year's AF Association Healthcare Pioneers Report 2019 winners."

The Report has been released during the AF Association Global AF Aware Week which aims to raise awareness worldwide of atrial fibrillation.  This year the focus is on promoting 'Know Your Pulse to Know Your Heart Rhythm.'  Knowing your pulse can save your life, it is the easiest way to detect an arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm). If your resting heart rate is irregular, too fast, or too slow, it is possible that you have an undiagnosed arrhythmia. 

Commenting on the award Jen Bayly, Cardiovascular Lead at KSS AHSN, said: 

"We're delighted to have been recognised for this award, but the real winners are the GP practices that have participated and treated patients with anticoagulants to reduce the risk of stroke." 

The KSS AHSN Alliance for AF aims to reduce the number of people dying from, or being disabled by, AF-related stroke by optimising the use of anticoagulants in line with NICE CG180 guidelines. Formed in 2016, it has now completed phase one of the project, looking at the known AF population in the region and identifying patients eligible for anticoagulation therapy.