In this article we explore what healthcare policy is, why it matters, how we as healthcare professionals can influence UK healthcare policy and why we should. Carol Stonham is our immediate past Executive Chair and leads the PCRS Policy Forum.
Real life stories of how people’s health is damaged by social factors such as poor housing are being highlighted by nearly 200 organisations calling for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities.
Point-of-care testing of C-reactive protein (CRP) for the acute assessment of worsening symptoms in people known to have COPD can safely reduce the use of antibiotics and could help improve the diagnostic approach towards someone presenting in such a crisis.
As of April 2021, regional health and care needs in England will be coordinated through Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) (https://www.england.nhs.uk/integratedcare/what-is-integrated-care/).
This document represents a draft White Paper focused on achieving Greener Respiratory Healthcare that is kinder to the environment. At this time we are inviting review and comment from the PCRS membership. When reviewing the document please consider:
Greener respiratory healthcare puts patients at the heart of the system Holistic care that puts patients at the heart of systems and decision-making processes so that they are more likely to adhere to appointments, self-care and prescribed medicines is key to achieving greener respirato
Greener respiratory healthcare: where do we go now as the inhaler recycling schemes comes to an end? There is an urgent need for a national strategy to avoid the estimated 73 million respiratory inhalers prescribed each year from entering landfill, concluded participants at the PCRS Gre
NICE has issued new rapid guidance on caring for patients in the community with severe asthma and adults with suspected or confirmed pneumonia.
On the 6 February, NHS England issued an update to the GP contract agreement 2020/21 to 2023–23/24. The update includes important improvements to the asthma and COPD domains.
PCRS welcome this further update of the long established, comprehensive and highly respected BTS/SIGN guideline for asthma.
How one long term condition might be used to fulfil the potential of PCN investment. PCRS Service Development Committee member, Stuart Shields, has written "10 top tips for PCN clinical directors - The respiratory long term condition perspective" to support Primary Care Network cl
The PCRS position on changes to QoF.
Since the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) was introduced, PCRS has engaged with the process of developing and shaping the respiratory indicators.
We have guidelines on asthma from two different sources in the UK – BTS/SIGN and NICE. The British Asthma guideline from BTS/SIGN was first published in 2003 and is well established, respected and comprehensive.
Briefing document for National Respiratory Strategies – the NHS Long term plan and Lung Health Taskforce 5 year plan.