Getting serious about Cardiovascular Disease prevention

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network’s (AHSN) Medicines Optimisation Programme Lead, Tony Jamison, is raising awareness of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) prevention and Atrial Fibrillation (AF) at the fifth annual Cardiovascular Disease prevention conference hosted by Public Health England on Thursday 8 February in London.

Cardiovascular disease remains the most important cause of premature mortality and morbidity in the UK. Vascular disease also contributes substantially to the burden of ill health from chronic kidney disease, stroke and dementia.

Health authorities and governments around the globe are committing to strategies to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease which include primary and secondary prevention.

The ‘Getting Serious about Cardiovascular Disease Prevention 2018: Reducing Variation and Optimising Care’ conference will include a mix of presentations and workshops surrounding cardiovascular disease and prevention.

Focus will be on how the NHS Health Check programme and the wider public health and health care systems can support this commitment by reducing variation and optimising care. The conference will achieve this by:
• sharing new research and evaluation
• disseminating innovative practice
• providing accredited training
• providing opportunities to network within and between stakeholder groups
• facilitating problem solving on ‘wicked’ issues
• hearing from leaders in the public health and NHS system
• connecting commissioners and providers with private and public sector organisations
• encouraging practice that will help to reduce health inequality

Tony will be discussing the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Atrial Fibrillation (AF) programme, which aims to support primary care practitioners by identifying and treating patients with AF.

Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is leading the transformation of how the prevention of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) related stroke is achieved across the region. By scaling up and spreading AF related stroke prevention strategies across the region we will see care improved at pace and scale.

Yorkshire & Humber AHSN estimate there are 38,736 people within the region who have AF but are not on their GP’s AF register.  Of the 111,074 people known to have AF, 16,580 are at high risk of stroke and are not being adequately protected. The consequences of these facts are 1,312 avoidable strokes per annum.

The effective management of AF could result in a £124m per year saving across England as a result of avoided strokes. Reducing the NHS deficit and avoiding unplanned care and mortality are key components of the Five Year Forward View.

The conference is aimed at those involved with commissioning, providing, evaluating and supporting the NHS Health Check programme and wider public health and health care services which relate to the risk factors it assesses and seeks to change.

Registration and coffee will be from 08:30 and the conference will run from 09:35 to 16:35. The conference will take place at The Kia Oval (Alec Stewart Gate), Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington, London SE11 5SS. For further details about the programme and venue please visit the conference website.

Registration for the event can be found here.