The first QiC Anticoagulation awards event took place at BMA House in London, celebrating the work of healthcare professionals working within the field of anticoagulation in the UK and Ireland.
Dr Matthew Fay (right) receives his award from Dan Coombes, Bayer Healthcare UK, and Dr Rosemary Leonard
Anticoagulation is a therapy field that involves the prevention and treatment of blood clots. It covers a range of conditions, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), atrial fibrillation and endocarditis.
Gaining recognition through QiC Anticoagulation means an initiative has been highlighted by the NHS, patients and industry as improving patient outcomes and standards of care.
Winners included Dr Matthew Fay, a GP based near Bradford who picked up the Lifetime achievement award.
His achievements include establishing GPwSI cardiology service for North Bradford PCT and serving as a member of the NICE Atrial Fibrillation Guideline Development Group.
He is currently an executive of the Atrial Fibrillation Association, STARS (the Syncope Trust), Arrhythmia Alliance, Anticoagulation Europe and is on the expert advisory panel for the Stroke Association.
Judges commented: “Dr Matthew Fay is extremely patient focused. He works with a team of GPs who are dedicated to improving the care of patients at risk of stroke. He is a leader in the implementation on improved care around AF patients, sitting on many committees and groups to move this forward.”
Dr Fay said: “It is a great honour to have been recognised with this lifetime achievement award, however there is still so much that needs to change and it will just drive me on to do more.
“On receiving this I have reflected on how many inspiring people I have worked with, supporting their projects and how many have worked with me to support mine and it makes you conscious that there are many out there doing great things but only a few are spotted and acclaimed. It makes you humble to realise how many do great things in the shadows to truly support the highest quality in patient care.”
East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust won Best hospital team of the year
Other winners included East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, which won Best hospital team of the year; Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Velindre Cancer Centre, which won Best cross-organisational partnership; and Inspira Health Solutions Ltd and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, which won Anticoagulation innovation of the year.