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Our aim is to drive high quality patient-centred care across the traditional boundaries of secondary and primary care, integrating and improving the services for people with respiratory disease. This model of working together systematically across traditional health care boundaries is new and exciting and we will be inclusive in our approach, involving patient, lay, management and other constituencies in our work. We have taken advice from senior managers in PCTs and Hospital Trusts and our first publication on our website is a Jargon Buster which seeks to explain

the new NHS

to clinicians and others giving respiratory examples.

We will shortly publish a Statement on Criteria for Hospital Referral AdmissionDischarge and follow up for adults with Respiratory Disease commissioned by the BTS Standards of Care Committee last year. Much of the initial work of IMPRESS will focus on COPD and we are working closely with the NSF COPD team. We are interested in exploring how respiratory networks might be used to support the implementation of the NSF. We are aware that things are not happening in the same way and at the same pace throughout the UK but hope that what we are doing is of general as well as specific benefit as the work gathers momentum.