Respiratory

NHS RightCare data and evidence provides a set of resource to support systems to concentrate their improvement efforts where there is greatest opportunity to address variation and improve population health.

National Priority Initiative – Respiratory

In 2019/20 NHS RightCare has received national clinical support and regional agreement to deliver National Priority Initiatives on respiratory disease and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) prevention. Both are national clinical priorities, reflected in the NHS Long Term Plan, and both have clear opportunities for improvement in spend and patient outcomes. By rolling out system-wide improvements across the country NHS RightCare has the opportunity to leverage real universal change.

NHS RightCare has worked with NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Respiratory Disease, the British Lung Foundation, Public Health England and NICE to ensure a clinically-led approach. Our proposed areas of focus are:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation: Optimising patient uptake and service provision
  • Medicines optimisation for inhaler use: Staff training programmes for patient inhaler use
  • COPD: Case finding, accurate and earlier diagnosis.

Data packs

NHS RightCare data packs are produced at system level. As many health conditions are linked to demographic factors such as deprivation and age, they compare systems to their closest demographically similar geographies. This information offers a triangulation of nationally-held data intended to help local systems ensure their plans focus on opportunities which have the potential to provide the greatest improvements.

The following NHS RightCare resources are available for respiratory conditions:

Focus pack

Focus packs provide more detailed information and include a wider range of outcome measures and information on the most common procedures and diagnoses for the condition in question.

NHS RightCare Pathway

NHS RightCare Pathways aim to provide a set of resources to support systems to concentrate their improvement efforts on where there is greatest opportunity to address variation and improve population health.

Case studies

Case studies are a way of sharing best practice through local examples of commissioning innovations which show the philosophy behind NHS RightCare or showcases the tools available through the programme.