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The Respiratory Service Framework

Developed by the PCRS Service Development Committee, the Respiratory Service Framework (RSF) helps those looking to design a patient focussed respiratory service working across all sectors of out of hospital care to see the ideal components for a given population of patients. It has been designed to be applicable and helpful to those delivery care at a PCN or ICS level.

Patients with respiratory disease deserve care that is standardised, patient focussed and delivered by a healthcare professional with suitable training and experience, in a site and timeframe to meet their needs. Sadly, this is often not the case. 

The Respiratory Service Framework (RSF) seeks to demonstrate what excellence is – and how it may be delivered at a population level and across the patient pathway.  It will help those seeking to design a patient focussed respiratory service working across all sectors of out of hospital care.  It is applicable to those delivering care at PCN or ICS level. 

It builds on the work previously undertaken by PCRS to develop a series of care standards for GP practices as part of its Quality Award programme.

The original framework was developed by a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, who were all members of the PCRS Service Development Committee at the time: GPs Noel Baxter, Daryl Freeman, Katherine Hickman, and Sanjeev Rana, Consultant Chest Physician, Binita Kane, Respiratory Specialist Nurse, Vikki Knowles and Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist Alex Woodward. The revised framework has been updated by the current Service Development Committee.

PCRS is grateful to Cogora, the publisher of Pulse, Healthcare Leader and Management in Practice for their contribution to the design of the Respiratory Service Framework.
Chiesi Limited have supported different aspects of this project by either a benefit-in-kind or an arm's length grant