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a spirometry imageJanuary 12 2018

NHS RightCare has set out the core components of an optimal service for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

Its COPD Pathway “sets out to health commissioners and providers how to ensure early detection with accurate diagnosis and optimise long-term management to reduce exacerbations, hospital admissions and premature mortality.”

It also means organisations can “work across the system to ensure that all priorities to optimisation are in place including the cross cutting themes:

  • multidisciplinary supportive care approach;
  • signposting and care navigation;
  • psychological support, including for frightening breathlessness;
  • community activation to overcome social isolation and stay physically active, including peer support;
  • self-management plan supported by good information and patient training.”

The NHS RightCare Pathway for COPD has been developed in association with NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Respiratory Services, the British Lung Foundation, the British Thoracic Society, Respiratory Futures, the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS-UK), and the National COPD Audit Programme, as well as a range of clinical and patient representatives and stakeholders.

Dr Sanjeev Rana, a GP, clinical commissioner, and member of the PCRS-UK Service Development Committee, was involved in developing the pathway. “This document will enable commissioners at both STP and CCG level to review and inform their local COPD service provision so that COPD patients are risk stratified and then seen by the most appropriate part of the healthcare system whilst also empowering patients through self-management and community activation,” he said.

Dr Daryl Freeman, GP and PCRS-UK East of England lead, who was also involved, added: “NHS RightCare is really focused on implementing improved care based on what we know works in practice, not just describing what good care should look like. It is hoped that this document will form the basis of a renewed drive to care for our patients with COPD, coordinated across all sectors of care.”

Links:
NHS England announcement       
NHS RightCare Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Pathway
PCRS-UK statement          

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