CPD for Healthcare Professionals: Anticoagulation Management and Stroke Prevention

This course, accredited by UCL, is designed to develop the confidence and the competence of community and hospital based healthcare professionals (HCPs) to allow them to make sound, patient-centred clinical decisions to safely manage oral anticoagulant therapy. The material available online is supplemented with a forum that provides learners with the opportunity to discuss the material viewed, to share and debate best practice, and to develop support networks for the future. Highly-skilled mentors provide local support and skills-based learning.

After completing this CPD course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe how blood clots and how anticoagulant agents – vitamin K antagonists, heparin, antiplatelet agents and the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) – affect blood clotting.
  • Summarise the indications for anticoagulant therapy.
  • Relate how the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodymanic principles of vitamin K antagonists are used to achieve and maintain anticoagulation control.
  • Apply an understanding of the effects of other medication and dietary & lifestyle changes to response to treatment.
  • Describe the side effect profile of warfarin.
  • Demonstrate competence in dosing patients, in both the initiation of therapy and in maintenance therapy.
  • Describe the advantages of computerised decision support systems (CDSS) for warfarin dose management and their limitations.
  • Demonstrate competence in using dosing algorithms to manage warfarin therapy.
  • Demonstrate competence in a patient-centred approach to educating those taking oral anticoagulants – vitamin K antagonists and NOACs.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different models of anticoagulation management.
  • Describe the operational processes and the practicalities of running a clinic.
  • Describe the requirements of clinical governance for anticoagulation management, including the application of audit tools with performance indicators.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a near-patient testing coagulometer.

Patient Management Tools

Our unique web based software offers secure access to a clinically useful electronic health record, alongside clinical guidance and an advisory system.

Clinical Governance

Our governance system gives anonymised access to INR and AF related results at practitioner, site, CCG and total service level.

Education and eLearning

Our courses for patients and healthcare professionals blend e-learning with face-to-face support.

Helicon Health started life delivering algorithmic precision medicine in stroke prevention with a strong clinical and socio technical research background. This led us naturally to hone our skills in the internet of medical things, remote vital sign monitoring and remote consultation. We describe what we do as “delivering healthcare virtually” which with quality, integrity and a sense of collaboration and fair-play is our mission.
Tony Bowden
Chief Executive Officer, Helicon Health
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