Respiratory Futures is an online hub, developed by NHS England, NHS Improvement and the British Thoracic Society, which provides an interactive regional map of integrated care plans for respiratory disease. There are also case studies, video interviews, links to publications and blogs concerning innovation and research, and news about developments from a respiratory care / COPD angle.
Respiratory disease affects one in five people, and is the third largest cause of death in England.
“The Premature Mortality rate for Respiratory Disease in the Black Country and West Birmingham is higher than the England average rate of 28.1 per 100,000; Sandwell & West Birmingham has a rate of 38.1 and Wolverhampton 40.9. The estimated smoking prevalence level in the Black Country and West Birmingham (20.3%) is higher than the rest of England figure (18.4%). Walsall and Wolverhampton rates are 21.5% and 20.7%, respectively”.
Respiratory Futures. [Online]: NHS England, NHS Improvement in partnership with the British Thoracic Society, April 2019.
Some prominent section headings available from this site, include:
- Features: topical features and interviews from leading opinion leaders.
- Programmes: a centralised summary of initiatives; nationally, regionally and locally.
- New Models of Care: developments in integrated care / vertical integration, with examples of best practice.
- Debate: a portal into various discussions and themes of interest in the Respiratory community.
- Respiratory News: latest developments.
Case Study: Chronic Respiratory MDT Approach to Integrated Care Planning, Including Palliative Care
A case study from NHS England covers the approach of Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Compton Care to care integration for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) approaching end of life.
Ward, H. (2019). Improving access and coordination to palliative care for patients with end stage respiratory disease: The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Compton Care. [Online]: NHS England, May 2019.
Earlier, related, conference abstracts:
Ward, HM. Wood, A. Morrissey, C. [and] Hakkak, F. (2017). Mapping of end of life recognition and palliative care provision in COPD. (P24). Thorax. December 2017; 72, A94. Full Text Link.
Coop, H. McLachlan, J. Ward, H. [and] Hakkak, F. (2016). Improving access to specialist palliative care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (P-94). BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. November 2016, Vol.6, Supplement 1, A44. Full Text Link.