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.