Specialised respiratory

This Transform Clinical Reference Group (CRG) deals with patients that have breathing difficulties. Respiratory disease services are usually provided by respiratory physicians in local hospitals. However, some diseases are very rare while other more common ones can lead to complex problems.


This clinical reference group covers:

  • services for people with severe and difficult-to-control asthma
  • services for people with interstitial lung disease
  • services for people requiring management of complex respiratory disease who will need complex assisted ventilation at home
  • services for people with pulmonary hypertension, including complex surgery
  • services for people with cystic fibrosis.


  • Chair: Dr Martin Allen, National Clinical Director for Respiratory Services NHS England
  • Kathy Blacker, Lead Commissioner
  • Helen Potter, Commissioning Pharmacist
  • Dr Annette Wood, Public Health lead
  • Dr Andy Jones, Clinical Member
  • Dr Hitasha Rupani, Clinical Member
  • Dr David Kiely, Clinical Member
  • Dr Mike Davies, Clinical Member
  • Jay Suntharalingham, Clinical Member
  • Lisa Spencer, Clinical Member
  • Su Madge, Clinical Member
  • Amanda Bevan, Pharmacist Lead
  • Ravijyot Saggu, Pharmacist Lead
  • Neil Hamilton, Pharmacist Lead
  • Clare Corbett, Patient and Public Voice representative
  • Emma Thompson, Patient and Public Voice representative
  • Steve Jones, Patient and Public Voice representative


  • Iain Wheatley, Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists
  • Robina Coker, British Thoracic Society
  • Holly Van Ristell, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care


A key part of the CRG’s work is the delivery of the ‘products’ of commissioning. These are the tools used by the 10 Hub Commissioning Teams to contract services on an annual basis.

Service specifications

Service specifications are important in clearly defining the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The specifications have been developed by specialised clinicians, commissioners, expert patients and public health representatives to describe both core and developmental service standards. Core standards are those that all funded providers should be able to demonstrate, with developmental standards being those which may require further changes in practice over time to provide excellence in the field.

The following service specifications fall within the scope of this CRG:


A commissioning policy is a document that defines access to a service for a particular group of patients. A NICE Technology Appraisal Guideline on the same topic will replace, or be incorporated into, a commissioning policy as appropriate. These are important documents that are developed to ensure consistency in access to treatments nationwide.

The following policies fall within the scope of this CRG:


Not routinely commissioned:

Position statements:

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