Respiratory Care Initiative of the Year

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Having been identified as a clinical priority by the Long-Term Plan respiratory diseases such a COPD or pneumonia have a renewed focus. Collaboration with charities and arms-length bodies have created valued partnerships. This has enabled service delivery to improve as well as looking at reducing the financial burden the area places on the budgets. 

A key area of focus is outreach for early diagnosis which therefore reduces pressure on the health service. Working in partnership across care boundaries and with the third sector can be important to reaching those goals.

This award will recognise NHS and public sector organisations and local care economies that are making progress on respiratory care. Our judges will be looking for teams who can demonstrate that a change in approach has significantly bolstered the quality of care, and so improved financial value and patient experience. Judges will also be looking for integrated initiatives of prevention and treatment.


Entrants for this award will be any organisation from the NHS, general practice, community and primary care as well as other public sector bodies making things better.


  • Provide a clear rationale for the initiative including the context of care provision 
  • Explain how the initiative aimed to improve the care of people with respiratory illness, and simultaneously improve financial value and efficiency – this can also be related to a preventative initiative
  • Explain how the initiative was informed by existing best practice or evidence
  • Include any relation to objectives set by bodies driving better practice


  • Evidence that the initiative has led to an improvement in patient care, and a resulting improvement in value for the local care economy. 
  • This must include a quantitative aspect but can also include qualitative measures such as patient feedback. 
  • How has the initiative better allocated resources on care and prevention? 
  • What has been the result for the patient experience including any reduction in variation?


  • Initiatives which have shared learning across departments, teams and organisation which have resulted in tangible improvements. 
  • What efforts are being made to share results?


  • Provide clear evidence the initiative has improved value. 
  • Show how the initiative has simultaneously delivered financial savings and improved patient experience – creating value for taxpayers and patients alike. 
  • Consider the impacts of the initiative on reducing attendance and bringing care closer to the patient
  • Provide testimonials from patients and stakeholders to help support the entry.


  • Provide clear evidence surrounding the consultative measures taken to inform, involve and enable participation in the design of the initiative
  • Display how all relevant parties were involved in the initiative, including patients, collaborating organisations, key stakeholders and staff. 
  • Show how the initiative has supported patients to safely self-care wherever appropriate
  • Demonstrate how strong partnerships across a care economy have been developed, including with the third sector as appropriate

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