There are currently two respiratory projects within the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes. These aim to help accelerate the adoption and spread of effective, evidence-based practice across the NHS in England. They relate to discharge care bundles for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma produced by the British Thoracic Society. A care bundle is a structured way of improving the processes of care and patient outcomes. They follow a small, straightforward set of evidence-based practices that, when applied collectively and reliably, have been proven to improve patient outcomes. We are working with partner trusts throughout our region to help them achieve their full implementation.
Success will be measured in part, by information gathered through the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme. This audit programme is led by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and works closely with a broad range of organisations including Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation.