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Atrial fibrillation stroke prevention team, Royal Stoke Hospital

RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2016 winner – Team category

The team award at the RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2016 was won by the atrial fibrillation stroke prevention team at the Royal Stoke Hospital. Their service uses a multidisciplinary approach resulting in excellent outcomes for patients.

The Royal Stoke Hospital's atrial fibrillation stroke prevention team – Claire Moss, Dr Indira Natarajan and Jodie Williams – discuss their project, how they made an impact on the lives of patients, and how they helped reduce the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation.

The winners' work

Thromboembolic complications, particularly stroke, are one of the main clinical scenarios leading to hospital admissions. The annual risk of stroke is 5–6 times greater in people with atrial fibrillation (AF). It is therefore a major risk factor and means that strokes due to AF are more severe and eminently preventable.

The team strives to reduce the number of AF-related strokes within the local health economy whilst building relationships with healthcare specialties within primary and secondary care to ensure patient care is second to none. The AF stroke prevention team tackles a common problem that can be poorly managed, showing integration between primary and secondary care involving patients throughout. It demonstrates a multi-professional approach showing excellent outcomes demonstrating clinical efficacy.

We are a small team making a huge impact and recognition of this will now allow us to share best practice nationally.

Atrial fibrillation stroke prevention team, Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2016 winners

We are overjoyed at winning the team award. The national recognition of the work carried out so far has been overwhelming for us. We are a small team making a huge impact and recognition of this will now allow us to share best practice nationally. The next step for the AF stroke prevention team is to expand our current staffing levels, which will allow swifter case identification and early detection of undiagnosed AF patients throughout the local health economy. We aim to work closely with the anticoagulation team to enable an effective streamline of patients ensuring thorough monitoring and follow up of patients throughout their journey.

We anticipate preventing 10–15 major debilitating strokes due to AF over the next 12 months, which in turn will reduce the number of episodes of acute and long-term care for patients with avoidable stroke attributable to AF. The team continues to deliver high-quality, person-centred care preventing major debilitating strokes attributable to AF.

Meet other Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2016 winners

The winners of the 2017 awards will be announced at Medicine 2017: RCP annual conference.