Lifetime achievement award

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Dr Matthew Fay

Dr Matthew Fay is a GP at The Willows in Queensbury near Bradford. He graduated from Leeds Medical School in 1992 and enjoyed a varied few years in hospital practice time before becoming a General Practitioner at Westcliffe Medical Practice in Yorkshire in 1999.

In 2001 he established a GPwSI cardiology service for North Bradford PCT with his friend and colleague Dr Andreas Wolff. They took this under the wing of Westcliffe Medical Practice and expanded the services to local people in 2006 and established a further locality service in Ilkley in 2010, Queensbury in 2011 and Thornton in 2012.

Matthew was a member of the NICE Atrial Fibrillation Guideline Development Group and is the clinical lead for the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN AF project. He is currently an executive of the Atrial Fibrillation Association, STARS (the Syncope Trust), Arrhythmia Alliance, Anticoagulation Europe and on the Expert Advisory Panel for the Stroke Association.

Outside the clinical arena he is a council member of the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Senate. He is about to be appointed to regional clinical lead for NHS Improving Quality and was also the GP member of the panel that produced the Cardiovascular Disease Outcome Strategy published April last year.

As a father of four he insists that he is first and foremost a family doctor, spending the majority of his time seeing people in the setting of a general practitioner.

Judges comment:

"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."