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.
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.
PCRS Chair, Noel Baxter, adds that in order to achieve the Long Term Plan’s ambition of improving respiratory care, services and clinical outcomes, we need more data. He mentions that in comparison to Wales, England still does not have a national audit programme. PCRS will continue to work with HQIP/RCP and NHS England on a plan to implement this.
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