Coordination strategy tackles COPD

People with respiratory diseases could benefit from government plans to coordinate services they use.

The government outcomes strategy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma aims to improve the lives of patients with breathing difficulties by coordinating the efforts of the NHS, social care and voluntary organisations.

‘We want to liberate the NHS and give staff the freedom to work across boundaries with patients and other professionals to provide a more responsive and personalised NHS,’ said health secretary Andrew Lansley.

The CSP welcomes the publication of the strategy and believes it is vital for the development of better respiratory services for patients.

‘This represents a great opportunity for respiratory physiotherapists to “fly the flag” about what we can offer for the management of COPD and asthma,’ said Catherine Thompson, vice chair of the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care.

‘Physiotherapists are well placed to work across traditional organisational boundaries and help the NHS deliver a seamless transition of care between services and providers, and deliver care closer to home,’ she said.

The outcomes strategy emphasises the importance of patient access to reliable information about managing their condition.

In line with this the association is producing a series of information leaflets in September to guide patients through physiotherapy techniques.

For further details of the leaflets, send an email to:

Robert Millett

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