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More for Less in long term conditions care: some practical respiratory examples.

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More for Less in long term conditions care: some practical respiratory examples.

IMPRESS has launched an experience and evidence-based discussion paper to give local clinical teams some practical options about how to implement the respiratory strategy whilst meeting the quality and productivity agenda.

Respiratory care has tended not to receive the same attention from policy-makers and commissioners as other long term conditions, but that is beginning to change with the consultation of a national strategy for COPD in England, and other respiratory strategies in the devolved nations.  When published, it will be the first clinical strategy to arrive on clinicians' and commissioners' desks since the quality and productivity agenda has taken centre stage. 

What is IMPRESS?
IMPRESS is  a national network of practitioners from primary, secondary and community care, public health, providing and commissioning with input from lay and social care advisers formed by the two leading clinical societies for respiratory care in the UK.  It aims to provide clinical leadership for the  NHS to improve and integrate respiratory services.  Whilst it has a special interest in respiratory care, it believes many of the messages are valid for other long term conditions, and indeed, given how many people have more than one  long term condition, it is essential that they are.   We advocate the formation of local clinical networks and envisage that this document could be used to stimulate debate about local  opportunities and priorities. Some issues, such as misuse of oxygen, cut across primary and secondary care and several disease areas and could have far-reaching impact.

 If you find it helpful,you  might like to look at our other resources (see www.impressresp.com), and look out for our guidance that will be issued in the next month on commissioning oxygen services - a step-by-step guide; using information; information on prescribing and medicines use and an introduction to social care.

1 July 2010
Siân Williams
IMPRESS Project Manager
Improving and Integrating RESpiratory Services in the NHS
A combined project between the BTS and PCRS-UK