Atrial Fibrillation

The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Programme was a 2-year national programme mandated by NHS England which concluded in March 2020. To see the results of that programme, please visit the AF Programme page.

AF continues as part of the Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention Programme to support legacy work from the national AF programme. Our aim is to reduce AF related stroke and associated mortality and morbidity by:

  1. Detecting those with undiagnosed AF
  2. Optimising treatment of those with AF.

Delivery in the North East and North Cumbria

Legacy work includes:


Supporting a Train The Trainer for AliveCor programme to enable CCGs to support local clinicians using the mobile ECG device, AliveCor.

Detection of irregular pulses during a diabetes foot check

Continue spreading the learning from the ‘detection of irregular pulses during a diabetes foot check’ to all parts of the NENC area by working with the Northern Diabetes Footcare Clinical Network and beyond. Diabetes is a common condition affecting 3.4M people across England. Patients with diabetes have their pulse checked as part of their annual foot check review. All patients aged 12 and over should be offered a foot check. It is important to detect the presence or absence of a foot pulse to prevent diabetes complications.

The work was short-listed for the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2020 in the Faculty of Public Health and Public Health England award for contributions to public health, and a case study has been requested by PHE to be shared with the World Health Organisation. For information about the pilot download the ‘Stop a Stroke, Save a Life’ flyer. The aim is that this will become standard practice across the country.

Partnership Working

Reduce AF related strokes across the Southern Collaborative area through partnership working.

CCG Support

Support three CCGs who participated in NHS England’s AF Virtual Clinics work to enable sustainability.


The 2nd edition of the AF Card Deck is available at

A resource aimed at primary care for Anticoagulant Treatment in Atrial Fibrillation For Thromboprophylaxis will be updated after new NICE Guidelines are released in February 2021.

Many resources in relation to AF can be found in the National AF Toolkit


For more information about the AF element of the CVD Prevention Programme contact Kate Mackay or Nikki Holdsworth.