Thursday 25 January 2018
Marriott Gosforth Park


09:00 AM

Registration & Refreshments

09:25 AM

Event App Overview Karl Hamer

09:30 AM

Welcome Shakti Dookeran

09:40 AM

The National AF Overview Dr Matt Kearney

We will explore the scale of opportunities and challenges ahead. Look at national initiatives and their impact to-date.

10:10 AM

Regional Perspective Presentation Professor Julia Newton

11:00 AM

Morning Q&A session Shakti Dookeran

11:15 AM


11:30 AM

Roundtable Discussions and Drop-in Clinics

Delegate packs will be presented with personalised localised data. An action plan with detect/protect/perfect and recommendations on how each supporter can help you to achieve their AF acceleration objectives.


  • Local projects for pulse checks & optimal treatment
  • AF data landscape & business tool
  • NHS RightCare Delivery Partner
  • NICE ‘NICE AF tools, resources and available support’
  • Stroke Association ‘Learning from pilots to integrate AF pulse checks into ‘Know your blood pressure’ events'
  • National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network - AF tools and resources
  • Pan-London AF Toolkit
12:30 AM


13:15 PM

Introduction to afternoon session Dr Hilary Wynne

13:20 PM

AF Therapy Options Helen Williams

13:45 PM

AF Business Tool Andi Orlowski

14:05 PM

Afternoon Q&A Session Dr Hilary Wynne

14:20 PM

Roundtable Discussions and Drop-in Clinics cont.


  • Local projects for pulse checks & optimal treatment
  • AF data landscape & business tool
  • NHS RightCare Delivery Partner
  • NICE ‘NICE AF tools, resources and available support’
  • British Heart Foundation
  • National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network - AF tools and resources
  • Pan-London AF Toolkit
15:20 PM


15:40 PM

Action Planning and Next Steps Karl Hamer

16:15 PM

Review, Feedback and Close Dr Hilary Wynne


Shakti Dookeran is a Population Health Service Manager at Public Health England (PHE) and has been leading the national Atrial Fibrillation (AF)-related stroke prevention programme for the past three years. In this role Shakti uses her leadership skills to energise and influence partner agencies to work collaboratively and share resources more effectively across the system, both at national and local levels. The programme aims to improve outcomes for people with AF by helping to tackle system-wide challenges, such as improving access to data, disseminating good practice and strengthening clinical leadership.

Working with the Academic Health Science Network, voluntary sector, NHS Right Care, NHS England and other agencies, Shakti successfully gained consensus on a national ambition to prevent 5000 AF-related strokes over the next 5 years and led the delivery of two successful AF-related stroke prevention events in 2016. These events brought together providers and commissioners and provided a platform for learning and wider adoption of resources and support. The success of these events beckoned a call for further regional events which will be delivered over 2017 and 2018.

Before joining PHE, Shakti worked in the Public Health team in the diverse borough of Tower Hamlets for five years where she moved through several roles working on areas such as sexual health, mental health, healthy lifestyles and drugs and alcohol. Shakti led a range of primary and secondary prevention projects which involved engaging and influencing stakeholders to agree priority areas for joint action and delivery. Shakti has a special interest in innovative approaches to prevention and led a highly publicised project ‘Faith in Health’ which raised population awareness of health promotion messages and services through roadshows, community events and religious leader health champions.

Shakti holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and recently completed a M.Sc. in Health Policy at Imperial College London with a major in Shared Leadership.

Dr Matt Kearney is a general practitioner and National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in England. He has been working for both NHS England and Public Health England since 2013, building a national programme to improve prevention of cardiovascular disease. In particular, he has focused on mobilising the wider primary care system to support earlier detection and improved management of conditions such as hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and raised cholesterol.

From 2009 to 2014, Matt worked as an advisor to the Department of Health helping develop a national respiratory strategy, and from 2005 to 2013, was a member of Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Birmingham and obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Liverpool in 2003. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Julia Newton is currently Professor of Ageing & Medicine at Newcastle University where she has worked since 2006. She qualified from Newcastle University Medical School in 1990 and after a number of rotations around the Northern region entered into Specialty Training in Geriatric Medicine which she completed in 2000. During her training, she also completed a PhD at Newcastle University with Oliver James as her supervisor!

In 2000 she was appointed as Consultant Geriatrician in the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and worked there until transferring to the University in 2006. She was promoted to Professor of Ageing & Medicine in 2008 and subsequently became Dean of Clinical Medicine in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. More recently she has been Director of Newcastle Academic Health Partners, the formal relationship between NTW Mental Health Trust, Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Julia has a clinical interest in Falls & Syncope working in the unit in the RVI and also has a clinical research interest in symptom management with a particular interest in the symptom of fatigue. She launched the Fatigue CRESTA at the Campus for Ageing & Vitality in Newcastle in 2013, a clinical service which subsequently won the Bright Ideas in Health Award in 2015, in the Service Improvement category. She currently has four PhD students and over 200 publications.

Julia loves skiing, spending time with her teenage family and holidaying as much as her annual leave allows. She is really excited about joining the AHSN team having met many of the AHSN and PSC team when heading up the North East NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre application. It was during that time when she realised the impressive work that was going on in the North East and North Cumbria and met some of the hugely talented people who were involved. It was at that point she decided she would love to be part of this. She has worked with Oliver over the whole of her career in a variety of different guises and is delighted to be continuing that relationship; although amused that the tables have turned and he ‘on paper’ is working for her …….. she realises that the reality will be far from that!

Andi leads the business intelligence function at Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) which supports the North West London (NWL) Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP). Andi works closely with Public Health England (PHE), NHS Improvement’s Patient Safety Collaborative and NHS RightCare.

Andi has led economic evaluations for Sir Bruce Keogh’s Medical Directorate and has led the creation of disease area specific tools (AF Landscape Tool) and business cases that have been nationally adopted and endorsed by PHE.

Andi is also a Senior Population Health Analytic Advisor at NHS England. In his role Andi works within the New Care Models team to support Accountable Care Systems (ACS), STPs and Vanguards in their plans to deliver care by providing advice through the Population Health Analytics Network led by Geraint Lewis (Chief Data Officer NHS England).

Consultant Pharmacist for Cardiovascular Disease, South London, UK
National Clinical Adviser for AF, AHSN Network
Clinical Director for AF, Health Innovation Network
Clinical Lead for Cardiovascular Disease, Southwark and Lambeth CCGs

As Consultant Pharmacist for CVD Disease, Helen is involved in a wide range of activities across South London to improve the care of patients with or at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Helen chairs the local cardiovascular medicines working group which develops and supports the implementation of consensus evidence-based guidance for use across South London’s 12 clinical commissioning groups and 7 acute trusts, covering a population of 3.6million. Currently, there is a strong focus on medicines optimisation in primary care for long terms conditions such as heart failure, hypertension and atrial fibrillation with the aim of reducing the burden of acute hospital admissions and she has been involved in supporting primary care practitioners through guideline implementation, clinical audit and provision of pharmacist-led virtual clinics. A key focus over recent years has been to increase the proportion of patients with AF who are anticoagulated to reduce the incidence of AF-related stroke.

Helen is also the clinical lead for CVD within two South London CCGs, Clinical Director for AF in the local Health Innovation Network, National Clinical Adviser to the collaborative AF programme of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England and also co-chair of the Pan-London stroke prevention in Atrial Fibrillation strategy group. In addition, Helen is an editorial board member for the British Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Medicines Optimisation, has worked with NICE on the development of a number of cardiovascular guidelines and is a member of the NHS England Primary Care Cardiovascular Leadership Forum and the London Cardiovascular and Stroke Strategic Clinical Leadership Groups.


Marriot Gosforth Park for web

Marriott Gosforth Park

High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5HN

From Newcastle International Airport, join A1 north for 2.5 miles then turn off left for Wideopen (A1056). Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and the hotel lies straight ahead. For all Sat/Nav system please type in 'A1056 Sandy Lane' for directions to hotel


Registration is free for healthcare professionals within the UK who have a special interest in AF. Please note that spaces are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.