New NHS RightCare Pathway for COPD published

12th January 2018

NHS RightCare, a programme supported by NHS England, has published a Pathway for COPD.

The programme is committed to delivering the best care to patients as efficiently as possible, and the NHS RightCare COPD Pathway is designed to help NHS organisations in England know what care and services should be provided for people with COPD in their area.

Primary Care Respiratory Society UK helped develop the Pathway alongside other respiratory organisations and the National Clinical Director for Respiratory Disease.

The Pathway is a document that describes what a local area should provide for residents with COPD, including a series of charts outlining the evidence base for each intervention and service that is recommended. It also includes examples of where services and interventions have previously been implemented, and a system Pathway for COPD that illustrates core components of an optimal service for COPD patients, including prevention services through to end of life care.

The Pathway provides a national case for change and a set of resources to support local health economies to concentrate their improvement efforts where there is greatest opportunity to address variation and improve population health. The resources in the Pathway combine a range of other national guidance and contain examples of best practice from across England to help make change on the ground.

The NHS RightCare COPD Pathway can be accessed here.

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