A three year programme focusing on respiratory care has been established to support the localisation of the Department of Health consultation on a Strategy for Services for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in England.

There are four immediate areas of work, which are being configured under the QIPP Right Care framework:

  • Stop smoking as a treatment for COPD
  • Responsible oxygen prescribing
  • Responsible prescribing for respiratory disease
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation

Along with the wider issues of:

  • End of life care
  • Earlier and appropriate diagnosis
  • Integrating¬† health and social care services for patients with COPD

These workstreams are being taken forward by the London Respiratory Team in a joint project run with NHS London.