Position: Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist
Location: Leeds UK
Keith Tyndall BSc (Hons), qualified as a nurse since 1992, in 2007 took the opportunity of pursuing the current role as an arrhythmia nurse specialist with the help of the British Heart Foundation. The role was developed with masters level study in arrhythmia management and a Non-Medical Prescribers qualification completed in 2009.
The role currently includes pre-counselling and on-going support for patients with implanted cardioverter-defibrillators, contribution to the care and management generally of electrophysiology patients both acute and elective. The central focus of the role however is the delivery of a one stop rapid access Atrial Fibrillation Clinic which has run for 10 years this year. In 2008 he received the Arrhythmia Alliance - Allied Professional Award for his part in the development and success of the AF clinic.
Accompanying this has been the development of the GRASP AF epidemiological tool to evaluate rates of anticoagulant use in primary care, the findings published in the BMJ Heart journal in 2013. In 2009 He received the Arrhythmia Alliance Award for Outstanding contribution to Arrhythmia Management in Primary care for his part in the development of the GRASP AF project.
Since 2013 he has contributed to the ongoing development of a new pathway for advice, guidance and referral for patients with new onset AF through the work of the Leeds Institute of Quality Healthcare.