PCRS views on the NHS Long Term PlanPosted on: 21 Feb 2019
The inclusion of respiratory disease as a priority disease area in the NHS Long Term Plan had been well overdue.
The respiratory content of the plan covers many issues which are priority areas for PCRS, including: proposals to improve diagnosis, provide better training for those who have been tasked to deliver evidence-based respiratory care, better uptake and availability of pulmonary rehabilitation, and to provide more appropriately resourced respiratory care in the place people want it when it no longer needs to happen inside hospital. PCRS points out that there has been chronic under-resourcing of training and continuing medical education of healthcare professionals providing respiratory care, including pharmacists. It believes that all healthcare professionals must be trained and certified in order to achieve the plan’s stated aim of improving early and accurate diagnosis of lung disease.
Primary Care Networks will now be involved as a keystone in integrating services outside hospitals; therefore, PCRS will be keen to support general practice within these organisations.
As set out in the Ottawa model mentioned in the LTP, PCRS stress that it is essential for patients being treated for tobacco dependency in the hospital, to now have their care transferred to out of hospital services and be provided by Primary Care Networks. PCRS argues that it is the job of all healthcare professionals to diagnose and manage tobacco dependency, as highlighted within their recently published pragmatic guide to diagnosing and managing tobacco dependency.
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