Goalkeeper Paul Robinson signs up to VTE Prevention

After experiencing a potentially fatal blood clot on his lung after a routine back operation last year, former England International goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, is helping NHS England raise awareness of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in a new NHS Choices video.

The video which has been produced as part of the work of the National VTE Prevention Programme aims to raise public awareness of the risk of VTE during or after a hospital stay.

Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England Director of Patient Safety, said: “To see that VTE can affect someone as renowned as Paul who has played sport at the highest level, brings home the message that VTE can happen to anyone no matter how physically fit you are. It’s fantastic to have Paul on board to help us raise awareness around the risks of VTE and we are confident that the video will support us in getting messages out to both patients and healthcare staff about what can be done to prevent this potentially life threatening condition.”

Now at Championship Club Blackburn Rovers, Paul Robinson added: “I hope that me telling my story really makes people think and that it helps even a few.”

VTE is a collective term for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – a blood clot that forms in the veins of the leg; and pulmonary embolism (PE) – a blood clot in the lungs. With an estimated 50-60,000 cases in England every year VTE is a significant cause of mortality, long term disability and chronic ill-health problems. Around half of all cases of VTE are associated with hospitalisation due to illness or surgery, with the majority occurring up to 90 days after admission. Many cases of healthcare associated VTE are preventable if risk assessment and clinical guidelines for diagnosis and management are followed.

The National VTE Prevention programme has also been working in partnership with Health Education England to develop a comprehensive range of e-learning modules. Aimed at secondary care, primary care, commissioners and undergraduates, the VTE e-learning programme which is freely accessible via the e-Learning for Healthcare website has been designed to support the need for ongoing professional education and ensure the delivery of high quality VTE prevention across the system .

You can watch the Paul Robinson VTE prevention video below or on the NHS Choices website.