SCMH researcher Terry Quinn works with Scottish Parliament on atrial fibrillation policy
The recent publication of the Scottish Parliament report ‘Atrial Fibrillation in Scotland’ will shape national policy around management of atrial fibrillation (AF). SCMH were central to the production of the report.
SCMH senior lecturer Terry Quinn sits on the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group for Heart Disease and Stroke. He was chosen as medical lead for the program of work around AF, culminating in the report and a parliamentary motion on AF screening tabled for early March. The report references various research projects led by SCMH.
The report was a truly collaborative affair with active engagement from all relevant stake-holders including MSPs, third sector/charities (BHF, Stroke Association and Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland) and most importantly people whose lives have been affected by AF. Over a 12 week consultation the working group took evidence from over 250 people, followed by roundtable meetings in the Scottish Parliament and an open public forum.
At the Holyrood launch of the report, Terry was asked how Scotland’s AF care compares to other countries. His reply was used in many of the subsequent promotional materials:
“We shouldn’t compare to other countries, other countries should be comparing to us. We have the resources, the vision and the expertise to be the world leader in AF care and this report is an important step toward that aim".
First published: 22 February 2018