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The Anticoagulation Achievement Awards recognise outstanding practice in the delivery of anticoagulation services across the UK.

Hosted by leading charities, Anticoagulation UK, AF Association, Thrombosis UK, Arrhythmia Alliance and leading training establishments – Anticoagulation in Practice and Thrombus.

The awards invite applications from teams and individuals across secondary, primary and community services who can demonstrate innovation and excellence in delivering anticoagulation services, resources or individual leadership and offer a £1000 bursary to the winners of each category.


Anticoagulation UK (ACUK)

Anticoagulation UK (ACUK)

A UK registered charity founded in the year 2000. We work with patients, healthcare professionals, NHS trusts, Industry, Governments, other charities and patient groups and a wide range of other organisations.

Our Aims are: The prevention of thrombosis; The provision of information, education and support; The promotion of independence - supporting people to take an active part in their own healthcare.

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AF Association (AF Assoc)

AF Association (AF Assoc)

A UK registered charity which focuses on raising awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF) by providing information and support materials for patients and medical professionals involved in detecting, diagnosing and managing atrial fibrillation.

AF Association works closely with medical professionals, Department of Health, government, NHS Trusts, strategic health authorities, patients, carers, patient support group members and allied groups.

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Thrombosis UK

Thrombosis UK

A UK registered charity that is dedicated to promoting awareness, research and care of thrombosis.

Established in 2002, Thrombosis UK works closely with government, NHS, healthcare professionals and patients to inform and support the implementation of clinically informed, effective and patient centred care to prevent and protect individuals at risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and to promote best management of those who have suffered a VTE.

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Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A)

Focusing on working together to improve the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for all those affected by arrhythmias.

A-A is a coalition of charities, patient groups, patients, carers, medical groups and allied professionals. Although these groups remain independent, they work together under the A-A umbrella to promote timely and effective diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias.

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Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A)

Anticoagulation in Practice (AiP)

Anticoagulation in Practice was established approximately seven years ago and comprises healthcare professionals and patients interested in the area of anticoagulation. Healthcare professionals include GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists, healthcare scientists, haematologists, community nurses and anticoagulation specialist nurses.

Previously a collective of special interest groups, the AiP Society has developed into a more robust body, unifying the concerns of both healthcare professionals and patients into a single organisation.

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Anticoagulation in Practice (AiP)


Launched in 1997, Thrombus is a review journal devoted to thrombosis, anticoagulation and clotting disorders.

The journal contains a blend of editorial and articles of particular interest to GPs, nurses and specialists involved in the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and atrial fibrillation (AF).

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Applicants are invited to apply for one or more of the categories.

Awards will be presented in The Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 11 October 2017 by Andrew Gwynne MP and members of the Judging Panel.

Best comprehensive thrombosis management centre

Best comprehensive thrombosis management centre

Applicants are invited to:

  • Provide details of the service
  • Work undertaken in the prevention of VTE
  • Treatment of VTE
  • Support of VTE patients
  • Team members and skills
  • Implementation of NICE Guidance and Quality Standards
  • Measures gathered, evaluation process, review and outcome

Best written advice on anticoagulation therapy for patients and carers

Best written advice on anticoagulation therapy for patients and carers

Applicants are invited to:

  • Provide details of written patient resources
  • Details of the process of development of written materials
  • Team members and skills
  • Involvement of patients in the development and review
  • How the resources are evaluated
  • Outcome actions as a result of evaluation

The centre best able to demonstrate adherence to NICE Quality Standards for
Atrial Fibrillation

The centre best able to demonstrate adherence to NICE Quality Standards for AF

Applicants are invited to:

  • Demonstrate how the service adheres to NICE QS for AF
  • Describe the service
  • Provide details of team members
  • Describe management to embed adherence into routine practice
  • Involvement and engagement of all staff
  • The role of review and evaluation

Best Work In Prevention of Hospital Acquired Thrombosis (HAT)s

Best Work In Prevention of Hospital Acquired Thrombosis (HAT)

Applicants are invited to:

  • Describe the service / implemented procedures
  • Provide details of the multi team members and their roles
  • Provision of training and supporting effective practice
  • Demonstrate the processes and measures provided by the service to support prevention of HAT
  • Evidence the adoption of the processes across the hospital setting

Best work in the treatment of cancer acquired thrombosis (CAT)

Best work in the treatment of cancer acquired thrombosis (CAT)

Applicants are invited to:

  • Describe the service / provision of care
  • Provide details of the multi team members and their roles
  • Demonstrate the service’s holistic provision - from awareness and management to information and support
  • Demonstrate training and liaison across the multiple health teams involved in caring for the patient

Best work in the Prevention and treatment of thrombosis during pregnancy and the puerperium

Best work in the Prevention and treatment of thrombosis during pregnancy and the puerperium

Applicants are invited to:

  • Describe their work
  • Provide details of developed and implemented pathways
  • Evidence adoption of pathways
  • Provide examples of their practice in prevention and treatment during pregnancy and puerperium
  • Use data to show impact, benefit and outcome of evaluation

The Judges Champion

The Judges Champion

Applicants are invited to:

  • This award will be made to an individual or service showing innovation and excellent in advancing thrombosis care
  • Nominations will be collated solely by the Judging Panel


Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Sue Bacon

Sue Bacon

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Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Dr Ander Cohen

Dr Ander Cohen

Alexander Cohen is a vascular physician and epidemiologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, King's College, London, UK. Dr Cohen graduated with honours in Medicine and honours in Surgery from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Sue Bacon

Dr David Collas

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Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Diane Eaton

Diane Eaton

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Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Dr Matthew Fay

Dr Matthew Fay

Dr Fay is a GP at The Willows, Bradford, part of the Westcliffe Primary Care Partnership Group. With a special interest in cardiovascular care, Dr Fay has been a NHS National Lead for AF and advocate for exemplary innovation in the management and care of individuals and anticoagulation therapy. With extensive experience in service development, management and education of patients, Matt is champion for both primary care and patients.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Professor David Fitzmaurice

Professor David Fitzmaurice

Professor David Fitzmaurice is a GP and Professor of Cardiorespiratory Primary Care at The University of Warwick. He has a longstanding research interest in cardiovascular disease, in particular oral anticoagulation management. He was one of the first GPs awarded an MRC Career Scientist Award based on this research enabling him to develop as one of the primary care research leaders of today.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Nicky Fleming

Nicky Fleming

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Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Andrew Gwynne MP

Andrew Gwynne MP

Andrew Gwynne is a Member of Parliament for the Denton and Reddish constituency in eastern Greater Manchester. Andrew became Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Thrombosis in 2010 after experiencing an almost fatal pulmonary embolism. Andrew has been instrumental in helping to raise awareness of Thrombosis as well as lobbying for NHS Trusts to have diagnosis and preventative measures as part of their policy.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Professor Beverley Hunt

Professor Beverley Hunt

Prof Beverley Hunt is an international expert in thrombosis and is Professor of Thrombosis at Kings College and a Consultant at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Trust. She is also a Medical Director for Thrombosis UK and a founder member of the steering group for World Thrombosis Day. She has an active research group with over 290 publications.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Stephane Jaglin

Stephane Jaglin

Stephane qualified as a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1994 in Nantes (France) and moved to the UK in 1998 where he worked as a community pharmacist for 14 years. He transferred to the secondary care sector in 2009 as clinical pharmacist within a treatment centre providing elective procedures in major orthopaedic surgery, general surgery, gynaecology, ENT and ophthalmology specialties. Stephane developed a particular interest in anticoagulation, especially postoperative Venous Thrombosis prevention and perioperative management of anti-thrombotic drugs. He created a thrombosis committee for the hospital of which he is the lead and is now heavily involved in the development of national policies for VTE prophylaxis and perioperative use of anti-thrombotic medicines.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Jo Jerrome

Jo Jerrome

Jo Jerrome is a patient advocate and a Lay member on national and local health committees including NICE, WE AHSN, research and development groups spanning thrombosis, AF, stroke and patient safety. As a carer Jo has first hand experience of the value of feeling informed and included in healthcare consultations and decision making. Jo has worked both as a volunteer and employee for third sector organisations and health partnerships. Former Deputy CEO of a coalition of charities - Arrhythmia Alliance, AF Association and STARS, Jo was appointed CEO of Thrombosis UK in April 2016.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Eve Knight

Eve Knight

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Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Professor Gregory Lip

Professor Gregory Lip

Professor Lip, MD, is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Birmingham and is based in a busy city centre teaching hospital. He leads a large, multidisciplinary research group (including clinical and laboratory-based components) at the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham, England. He is also Adjunct Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences, Aalborg University, Denmark; and Visiting Professor of Cardiology, Belgrade University, Serbia.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Trudie Lobban MBE

Trudie Lobban MBE

As Founder & CEO of Arrhythmia Alliance and the AF Association I have been involved in the care and provision of improved services for people with arrhythmias and in particular atrial fibrillation (AF). AF Association is the only organisation to focus purely on the most common heart rhythm disorder and leading cause of AF-related stroke. A-A is a coalition of organisations and individuals working in partnership with healthcare professionals, patients, carers, policy makers, AHSN’s, CCG’s and service delivery.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Simon Noble

Simon Noble

Simon is a Clinical Professor in Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. His research interests are in the management of venous thromboembolism in advanced cancer, the anti-cancer effects of heparins and the quality of life associated with VTE. Simon is involved at a national level in the delivery of evidence-based thromboprophylaxis for hospitalised patients through the All Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group and through his work as Chair of the All Wales Hospital Acquired Thrombosis (HAT) Prevention Steering Group. He currently sits on the NICE guideline development group for prevention of VTE in hospitalized patients.

Anticoagulation Awards Judge | Lynn Faulds-Wood

Lynn Faulds-Wood

Lynn Faulds Wood is an award winning TV presenter and health campaigner with a family history of lupus/APS. With husband John Stapleton they were the first married couple on TV. Lynn presented BBC Watchdog for 10 years, leaving after a diagnosis with advanced bowel cancer. She then made health programmes, including lupus, with audiences of 7-10 million. She co-founded the European Cancer Patient Coalition & helped to develop the cancer plan for Europe, which she was invited to launch in Brussels. Last year Lynn was diagnosed with PEs and a DVT which have left her with post thrombotic syndrome.

Thanks to ourSponsors

The Anticoagulation Awards is a not-for-profit national awards scheme dedicated to shining a light on UK anticoagulation services that deliver exemplary care.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generosity and dedication in supporting us to achieve this mission.

Further information will be released shortly.

Anticoagulation Achievement Awards