Dr Saj Sarwar 

Dr Saj Sarwar has worked to develop pathways for optimal care and cascaded this to health care professionals, and is passionate about the potential of the GP Clinical Pharmacist role in supporting stratification and quality improvement for patients. Dr Sarwar is keen on innovation and is working with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network. He has a current project addressing digital technology with the use of remote monitoring to improve blood pressure diagnosis and management. The combined working of the various projects will help improve adverse cardiovascular outcomes for patients’ in his CCG footprint, with good practice being rolled out further afield.

Dr Saj Sarwar has been working as a GP with an interest in anticoagulation and in particular with stroke prevention in AF.  He has introduced the TTR as a KPI for the anticoagulation service to ensure pragmatic decision making and assist in appropriate prescribing. Dr Sarwar has previously worked with Professor Greg Lip to up skill GPs around management of Atrial Fibrillation and stroke prevention. The collaborative working has meant both have been awarded the Academic Science Network award winner for the ‘Excellence in Wellness and Prevention Of Illness award.’

This was in light of developing and promoting the simple Birmingham 3 step approach for dealing with reducing stroke risk in AF patients, and the close working relationship between the trust and the CCG. This work has worked as a local initiative but has received global recognition, with culmination into a publication in the European Heart Journal. His role as West Birmingham CVD lead has allowed for the Long Term Plan objectives with the National Cardiovascular strategy to be implemented at practice floor level, utilising enterprising workings with the PCN. This has encompassed the ABC work stream (Atrial fibrillation, Blood pressure and Cholesterol management) as a quality improvement programme.