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Designing and commissioning services for adults with asthma - Good Practice Guide now available

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Designing and commissioning services for adults with asthma - Good Practice Guide now available

'Designing and Commissioning Services for adults with asthma: A good practice guide' has been published by NHS PCC, produced in conjunction with the professional bodies and patient groups.

Asthma is one of the most challenging long term conditions for patients and the NHS, yet there is tremendous variation in care and outcomes across the country:

  • The UK has the highest prevalence of asthma in the world, with asthma costing the NHS £1billion a year
  • Mortality rates are much higher in the UK than many other countries, with 1000 people dying from asthma every year – yet 90% of asthma deaths have preventable factors.
  • You are six times more likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma in some parts of the country than others

To help improve asthma care, NHS PCC has produced Designing and commissioning services for adults with asthma:  A good practice guide with input from the major professional bodies, patient groups and health service managers.  

The document is designed to aid  commissioners and clinical leaders advising commissioners together with people working in every area of NHS provision from primary care and  community health to acute services. It translates the key points from the British Asthma Guideline into meaningful actions that commissioners can take to improve the quality of care.

It sets out the 15 key aspects of care that good asthma services need to include.  Alongside these, the guide outlines the detailed factors that commissioners and service developers need to include for each element of the service. It also has links to examples of good practice, showing how quality care can be implemented.

The Guide can be downloaded from the PCC website at http://www.pcc.nhs.uk/asthma-guide