Fulfilling our objectives at Anticoagulation UK requires engagement and involvement with a wide range of people, patients, health care professionals, government departments, industry and other charities, to name just a few.
From our work with The All Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group to our work in Europe, and much more in between, promotion is a key part of what we do.
Helping people to see what is available and what is working well in the field of anticoagulation. Promoting opportunities to become more involved in managing your healthcare positively.
As we start the new year we would like to take this opportunity to share a summary of some of the work that ACUK has been involved in over the last twelve months.
In January 18, ACUK in partnership with The All – Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group (APPTG) organised a roundtable meeting held in Manchester to discuss the merits of an integrated approach to venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention and management. The meeting was chaired by APPTG Vice- Chair and MP for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne. Invitees included key decision makers across Health and Social Care, Hospital Trusts and Health Innovation Manchester. Several recommendations were forthcoming including a VTE Audit to be undertaken to inform change, establishing a VTE working group and incorporating best practice in VTE prevention and management into provider contracts.
The All Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group (APPTG)
The APPTG is a cross-party group of MPs and peers, which seeks to raise awareness about the risk and management of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Anticoagulation UK is the secretariat for the APPTG.
Since its inception ten years ago, the APPTG has produced annual reports to support the implementation of best practice in VTE prevention in the NHS. Drawing on the evidence gathered by our Annual Surveys of Acute Trusts and CCGs, our reports provide a comprehensive overview of progress in implementing best practice; identify areas for future improvement; and offer recommendations on what more can be done to ensure that NHS services are underpinned by high quality VTE prevention and management.
In 2019 the annual conference of the APPTG was cancelled due to parliament being "closed" for the General Election.
To learn more about the work of the APPTG and to read the reports click here.
Our work in Europe
Working across Europe is a very important part of what we do and Anticoagulation Europe is the part of the charity that carries out our work in Europe.
Blood clots know no barriers and cause disability and death across the world. People have the same need for information and support and access to the best treatment available.
Here you will find out more about our work in Europe:
Anticoagulation Achievement Awards
2017 Winners Announced
The inaugural award ceremony for the prestigious Anticoagulation Achievement Awards was hosted by Andrew Gwynne MP and Outgoing Chair of the All Party Group for Thrombosis, in the Terrace Pavilion, House of Commons on Wednesday 11 October 2017.
The awards celebrated outstanding practice in the management, education and provision of anticoagulation across the UK.
Visit the Anticoagulation Achievement Awards website to find out more about the awards and the winners at: www.anticoagulationawards.org/
You can also download a brochure summarising the awards and the finalists
Patient choice of anticoagulants – what to do if you feel you were not given a choice
If you are advised that you need to take an anticoagulant, it can be helpful and reassuring to discuss the options with your doctor to ensure you are able to make the right choice with their guidance. Once you have left hospital, you may continue to be cared for by your GP and they will need to know what treatment you are taking, the duration recommended and whether you need to have regular monitoring.
All anticoagulants have been approved by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and approved by the Scottish Medicines Consortium.
Learn more about what you can do if you feel that your personal circumstances and wishes were not taken into consideration and to see the NICE and SMC guidance references below:
Anticoagulation UK Ambassador programme
At ACUK we value all our volunteer contacts who work with us to support patients and ensure the patient voice is heard.
We also have an Ambassador programme for people who want to get a little more involved in their local health services.
We provide a support pack to help you do this, and of course, will work with you to help you achieve your aims.
To view the support pack click here.
If you would like to talk to us about becoming an ACUK Ambassador please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is AiP
The Anticoagulation in Practice Society (AiP) is dedicated to improving the understanding and management of anticoagulation for healthcare professionals and for patients.
Anticoagulation in Practice (AiP) in its current form was established approximately ten years ago and comprises healthcare professionals and patients interested in the area anticoagulation. Healthcare professionals include GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists, healthcare scientists, haematologists, community nurses and anticoagulation specialist nurses.
With our collective expertise our aim is to:
- Provide education and guidance for anticoagulation practitioners, for example guidance around the use of the new oral anticoagulants, translating trial evidence into real life situations
- Provide up to date information relevant to anticoagulation management
- Provide opportunities to attend scientific conferences for those working directly with patients
- Improve patient services and patient safety
- Be an effective voice for informing policy development at all levels
The annual AiP conference has become a major event in the calendar for all those with an interest in the practicalities of anticoagulation management. In response to excellent conference feedback, the society aims to develop future regional educational events to enable those who are unable to attend the annual conference to benefit from the education opportunities.
The AiP Society aspires to represent all healthcare professionals and patients involved with anticoagulation management in the UK.
To learn more about how you can join AIP email: email@example.com
What are Apps and how can they help you to be more involved in the management of your health?
Health apps are application programs that offer health-related services for smartphones and tablets and computers. Because they're accessible to patients both at home and on the go, health apps are a part of the movement towards mobile health (mHealth) programmes in health care.
From getting medicine reminders, tracking your activities and diet, appointment reminders, details of medications your taking to recording your INR and much more, apps can help individuals to manage their health and well- being in a convenient way.