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Update on the progress of the COPD strategy

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Update on the progress of the COPD strategy

The implementation of the COPD strategy is an enormous and complex challenge.  It will only happen with the continuing engagement and commitment of clinicans and others working at a local level. Much progress has already been made, particularly within the individual regions of the NHS.

In each region, an SHA respiratory team is in place with following remit:

  • To design and create a local structure

  • To interact with the region’s improvement projects, supported by NHS Improvement (http://www.improvement.nhs.uk/lung/)

  • To develop links with interrelating work streams such as QIPP or Long Term Conditions

  • To engage with local respiratory community to develop Communities of Practice

Each region is pulling together a programme board. To set local priorities (such as the Home Oxygen service, or examining inhaler use patters) and is now developing links with local NHS communities

As well as the formal improvement projects there are many other innovative pieces of work are underway across the region.  NHS Improvement have been collecting many examples of good practice and these are available on their website shortly (http://www.improvement.nhs.uk/lung/). They are still looking for examples of good practice, so if you know of one in your area, please get in contact with the Lung Improvement Team.

We hope to see local respiratory teams come together, sharing information and experiences, as we take this exiting agenda forward. This is the first time that respiratory disease has had such a national profile and local focus and we are determined to ensure we drive and facilitate change for the benefits of our patients.

If you would to talk to the Respiratory Team, invite us to visit your service and see your work in action, or feel we can help in any way then please contact us.

Alongside this work there are many wider structural changes taking place in the NHS with changes to commissioning and also development of Commissioning Board and Public Health programme. We will keep you informed over the coming months as these reforms take place nationally and locally and set out the  potential implications for the respiratory programme


Prof Sue Hill and Dr Robert Winter , joint National Clinical Directors for the Respiratory Programme, said:

 "We are delighted to welcome the appointment SHA Respiratory teams to help lead the implementation of the COPD Strategy locally.

 "The Leads have a broad range of experience coming from primary and secondary care,  and whilst there will be some significant challenges ahead, we are confident that with their clinical leadership and expertise they will really drive the work programme forward in their areas."