The National VTE Exemplar Centre Network was established in 2007 by the Department of Health with the aim of using network leadership to reduce avoidable death, disability and chronic ill-health from hospital-associated VTE.

VTE Exemplar centres form a diverse and enlightened network of hospitals that have an existing track record of excellence in VTE prevention and care, offer practical support and advice to other centres by sharing their resources, and collaborate on clinical research into VTE prevention.

Member centres include both public and private sector organisations, large teaching hospital trusts, specialist centres and district general hospitals throughout England and Wales. The network is currently led by Professor Roopen Arya, Director King’s Thrombosis Centre.

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VTE Exemplar Centre 10th Anniversary Event - 13 October 2017

King’s Thrombosis team hosted an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National VTE Exemplar Centre Network on 13th October. The celebration was attended by colleagues from across the country who have been vital to the success of the National VTE Prevention programme. The event was opened by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh (NHS Medical Director) who is the architect of the National Programme for VTE prevention. This programme is a key national patient safety initiative which has successfully reduced blood clots in hospitalised patients and is hailed globally as an exemplar.

The morning included inspirational talks from Professor Roopen Arya (Director King’s Thrombosis Centre, Director VTE Exemplar Centre Network), Professor Beverley Hunt (Medical Director Thrombosis UK, Consultant Haematologist GSTT), colleagues from Oxford and St George’s Hospitals and King’s’ Chief Nurse/COO Dr Shelley Dolan. The event was a fitting tribute to all the hard work that has gone into making the National VTE prevention programme such a success over the last decade and important individual contributions were acknowledged with awards, presented by Dr Shelley Dolan and Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

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