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IMPRESS analysis of key NHS Documents



Do you agree with the new BTS home oxygen guidance that the 1st sampling for LTOT assessment should be a true arterial stab?

1. Yes: the inconvenience for the patient is outweighed by the fact that this will reduce prescribing home oxygen to a group of people who don’t meet the LTOT guidelines
37% (3 votes)
2. No: The CBG technique is much more patient friendly and the results obtained by capillary sampling are close enough not to make a material difference in a real life setting.
63% (5 votes)

IMPRESS analysis of key NHS Documents

IMPRESS has produced summaries of the Operating Framework for 2011/12 and the Outcomes Framework for the NHS highlighting those areas most relevant to respiratory-interested clinicians.

The two summaries - providing IMPRESS's analysis of the key aspects of these documents for clinicians who are interested in respiratory careare available from the IMPRESS website.

The Operating Framework is the NHS's planning and priorities document issued by the Department of Health annually in December for the year ahead to enable the NHS to begin its planning for the financial year starting in April.

> Read the IMPRESS guide to the Operating Framework for 2011/12


The first NHS outcomes framework sets out the outcomes and corresponding indicators that will be used to hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account for the outcomes it delivers through commissioning health services from 2012/13.

The framework sets direction of travel in the journey towards improving outcomes, and offers an opportunity for the NHS to begin to understand what an NHS focussed on outcomes means for individuals, organisations and health economies.

> Read the IMPRESS guide to the Outcomes Framework


Integrated Care

IMPRESS have also produced summaries of two useful documents
about integrated care:
Kings Fund Clinical and service integration: The route to improved outcomes

Ernst and Young and RAND Europe independent interim evaluation of the 16 integrated care pilots in the NHS

> Read the IMPRESS summaries of the integrated care reports