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By John Smith, Innovation Agency Added 26th Oct, 2016 Updated 23rd Jul, 2019



The Primary Care Atrial Fibrillation (PCAF) service is a nationally recognised, award winning service to support the identification, diagnosis and treatment for AF patients which aims to increase patient uptake of anticoagulation, and ultimately prevent AF-related strokes.

The consultant-led service provides specialists within GP practice to provide face-to-face clinical reviews with AF patients. The PCAF service helps to:

  • Identify ‘unknown’ AF patients within clinical system
  • Qualify accuracy of AF register(s), referring patients for diagnostics to secure diagnosis
  • Assess risk of stroke within AF population through risk assessment tool (i.e. CHA2DS2- VASc)
  • Undertake comprehensive case note reviews of high risk patients to identify those who would benefit from expert review
  • Provide ‘in-house’ consultant-led AF clinics
  • Optimise the treatment and management of patients with AF
  • Enable access to AF Stroke Prevention RCGP and CPD accredited eLearning packages
  • Provide one-to-one and group clinical education, thus ensuring a ‘legacy’ among clinical primary care teams

Nationally, the PCAF service covers 350 GP practices, 60+ CCGs and has prevented 330 AF-related strokes. In the North West Coast, the service covers 65 practices, 8 CCGs, 412,230 patients and has prevented 60 AF-related strokes.

For further details see Inspira Health

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