Specialist Anticoagulation Nurse sits on Expert Panel

On 30th November 2017, GP Care’s DVT team travelled to the House of Commons to attend the annual conference of the All-Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group (APPTG) chaired by Professor Roopen Arya, Director, King’s Thrombosis Centre and VTE Exemplar Centres Network Lead.

GP Care’s lead anticoagulation specialist nurse, Louise Hill, had been asked to join the committee as an expert guest speaker on the Q and A panel.

Louise was invited to represent GP Care as a result of the ground breaking work we have been doing in this area, recently recognised by the Anticoagulation Achievement Awards.

Other panelists were Simon Toh, Upper GI Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Susie Shapiro, Haematology Consultant Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Andrea Croft, Lead Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Anticoagulation, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Eve Knight, Chief Executive, Anticoagulation UK. National Co-ordinating Investigator, GARFIELD VTW Registry, Graeme Kirkpatrick.

The Annual Conference is the APPTG’s flagship event.

Louise said “It was an unbelievable honour to be part of the AAPTG expert panel. My number one priority in VTE is patient support and information and that’s why I set up the GP Care DVT patient support group. It’s very popular with patients as there is so little information about support for a life changing event that living with a DVT can be."

GP Care Clinical Director, Annie Kelly, says: “We always attend the Annual Conference as it is important to be aware of the most up to date developments in VTE care. This year we were especially proud of Louise being invited to take part in the expert panel. We see this as recognition of the way in which the GP Care Anticoagulation team has brought a class leading DVT service to half a million patients in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.”

The All-Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group (APPTG) is a cross-party group of MPs and peers which seeks to raise awareness about the risk and management of venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Established in 2006, the APPTG has worked closely with the NHS England National VTE Prevention Programme and Thrombosis UK (Formerly Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity) to firmly embed best practice standards in VTE prevention and management into clinical practice. Through research reports and meetings in Parliament, the APPTG works to increase knowledge of VTE’s causes, effects, treatments; and to monitor the implementation of government initiatives and other research being undertaken.