• The NHS Long Term Plan identifies respiratory disease as a clinical priority; it affects one in five people and is the third biggest cause of death in the England (after cancer and cardiovascular disease)
  • Hospital admissions for lung disease have risen over the past seven years at three times the rate of all admissions generally
  • Respiratory diseases are a major factor in winter pressures faced by the NHS; most respiratory admissions are non-elective and during the winter period these double in number
  • The annual economic burden of asthma and COPD on the NHS in the UK is estimated as £3 billion and £1.9 billion respectively. In total, lung conditions directly cost the NHS in the UK £11billion annually.

Our new programme has been set up to support various initiatives related to the management of asthma and COPD and including:

Asthma Clinical Handover Project

In May 2104 The Royal College of Physicians produced a report entitled ‘Why asthma still kills ‘The National Review of Asthma Deaths’, highlighting that the majority of the deaths could probably have been avoided.

In response to this report a pilot scheme has been developed to support GPs in managing selected patients, through referral to their nominated community pharmacy to have an extended asthma specific Medication Use Review (MUR).

COPD Discharge Bundle

This project supports the spread and adoption of the British Thoracic Society COPD discharge bundle in acute trusts. The aim is to reduce unwarranted variation in the management of COPD, and improve accessibility and uptake of respiratory services.

For more information about the AHSN NENC Bone Health Programme contact Sue Hart