People living with respiratory disease require a significant amount of support, guidance and intervention to manage their condition effectively. These interventions should be delivered by clinicians with an appropriate level of expertise in this field.
There are no mandatory training requirements for healthcare professionals delivering respiratory care and the quality of care and patient pathways are variable throughout the country depending on the knowledge, skills, competence and confidence of those delivering care.
The necessary restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a backlog of patients in primary care who have perhaps delayed coming forward with respiratory health concerns, whose respiratory condition has worsened during lockdown and those whose assessment or treatment
In this article authors Daryl Freeman and Noel Baxter discuss some top tips you can implement locally to make the case for and influence others positively in support of greener respiratory healthcare.
This report presents results from an analysis of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) primary care data in Wales from the second round of the Welsh primary care audit compon
Patients with respiratory disease deserve equal access to early and accurate diagnosis, high standards of care, delivered by practitioners with suitable training and experience.
The PCRS Fit to Care document enables healthcare professionals of all disciplines to assess their competencies and any training needs they have to ensure they are delivering safe and effective respiratory care.
In this article for Primary Care Respiratory Update, Clare Cook, PCRS Respiratory Leaders Programme Board Chair and Physiotherapist, describes her experience as a community healthcare worker during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. She explores how the team prepared for
Steve Holmes, GP in Somerset and PCRS Education Lead and Rob Stone, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset provide a practical guide for clinicians and commissioners in supporting patients to recover after COVID-19.
Guidance was published in April 2021 regarding the reinstatement of spirometry services during and post-COVID-19.
In this article for Primary Care Respiratory Academy, Noel Baxter describes the nine good care processes developed by a multidisciplinary and integrated respiratory team in Lambeth and Southwark with a novel way to disseminate the measures and show improvement.
Patients with respiratory symptoms and disease deserve a correct diagnosis and correct guideline driven care that is standardized, patient focused, delivered by a Health Care Professional (HCP) with suitable training and experience, at a site and within an appropriate timeframe to meet their need
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
A new approach to respiratory education has shown that primary healthcare professionals benefit significantly from inter-professional education delivered by a multidisciplinary team.