Education for Health welcomes the NHS Companion Document for the COPD & Asthma Outcomes Strategy - Launched Today

11 May 2012

Improving outcomes for people with Respiratory Disease is a key priority for the NHS. To support the Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma, published last July, a companion document has been published that sets out 46 key actions for the NHS.

The NHS Companion Document sets out 46 best practice actions to help medical professionals, commissioners and service managers to deliver across the five domains in the NHS Outcomes Framework for people with COPD and Asthma: to reduce mortality, improve quality of life, help people recover from episodes of ill health, deliver a positive patient experience and avoid harm.

Monica Fletcher, Education for Health, CEO, said of the document:

“Education for Health is well positioned to help providers use educational interventions as the key to implementing bold long term measures which will secure sustainable change for people and their NHS.  The companion document helps us all with the how to deliver the outcomes strategy, and it's this ‘how to’ which is of fundamental importance to the staff who are delivering care: without up to date clinically competent staff who are prepared to look at new ways of delivering care and able to implement new models the strategy won't become reality.”

 "This morning we started mapping our educational provision against all 5 domains in the Companion Document so we can confidently show how Education for Health COPD, Spirometry and Asthma education can be used as levers for local service improvement and achievement of the Outcomes Strategy.”

If you would like a copy of this mapping document please email Candy Perry at

Chris Loveridge, Clinical Lead for COPD at Education for Health commented:

 “It is good to see a document that brings together the overarching NHS outcomes framework, the outcome strategy for COPD and Asthma objectives and the COPD Quality Standards. Having been involved in the Review of the COPD NICE guidelines and subsequent quality standards it is good to see them translated into ‘real life’ best practice actions.

 It is particularly heartening to see mention of quality assured spirometry in relation to diagnosis. The potential inclusion of MRC, oxygen saturation assessment and referral to Pulmonary rehabilitation in QOF is also welcomed as a potential driver for change. Hopefully with the support of the companion document we will continue to improve the care of people with COPD.”

Samantha Prigmore, Trainer for Education for Health commented on Asthma:

“The asthma modules provided by Education for Health address the importance of identifying people with asthma through accurate diagnosis and providing evidence based management guidance , highlighting the need for patient involvement in long term management. The modules provide the under pinning knowledge to provide high quality care in both primary and secondary settings. The results of the National Review of Asthma Deaths (due 2014) and NICE Clinical Standards for Asthma (due 2014) will further support the need for high quality education in implementing the outcomes strategy for COPD and Asthma.”

Click here to view the document on the DH website


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