Action plan for respiratory disease treatment published | Department of Health

Action plan for respiratory disease treatment published | Department of Health.

A new action plan for treatment of respiratory problems is set out in guidance published today for the NHS.

Some 45 best practice actions are outlined for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. The two can be confused due to similar symptoms and understanding the similarities and differences will help doctors provide better treatment. A key part of the new strategy is reducing the variation in COPD diagnosis and care around the country.  Extract from DH.gov

 

Latest updates from NHS Evidence

The following new style Evidence Updates were published recently:

 Pregnancy and complex social factors: Evidence Update January 2012: focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 110, ‘A model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors’ (2010).

Bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia: Evidence Update January 2012: focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 102, ‘Management of bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia in children and young people younger than 16 years in primary and secondary care’ (2010).

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Evidence Update February 2012: focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 101, ‘Management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults in primary and secondary care’ (2010).

Venous thromboembolism: reducing the risk, Evidence Update February 2012: focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 92, ‘Reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) in patients admitted to hospital’ (2010).

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Forum: 16 November

East Cheshire News

  • Macclesfield District General Hospital, Education and Training Centre. The second forum will focus on IBD and your diet, IBD and immuno supression and IBD and your joints.
  • Presentations will be delivered on these topics by
    Dr Knight – Consultant Rheumatologist,
    A Hamilton – GI Dietician and
    Dr Koss and Dr Saravanan.
    If you would like to attend, please contact Liz Nelson or Janet Stubbs on 01625 661653.

Don’t forget World COPD Day  16 November http://www.lunguk.org/

News from NHS Networks: 30 Sept

Two new respiratory quick reference guides have been published to help support patients with asthma and COPD.
 
This research scan describes how junior doctors have been engaged in quality improvement and factors that help and hinder their involvement.
 
The NHS must address the significant variations in care experienced by the 170,000 patients who have major emergency abdominal surgery each year, says a new report published by the Royal College of Surgeons.
The NHS could have saved a total of £625 million if it had prescribed NICE-recommended drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as opposed to other treatment options, according to a new study.

2 articles: Psychological care after stroke + Managing COPD

NHS Improvement
Psychological care after stroke: improving stroke services for people with cognitive and mood disordersThis publication is intended to be a guide for services who would like to improve psychological support for people with stroke. The target audience is clinical staff working in stroke services who would like to make local improvements but also stroke networks, SHA leads and commissioners of stroke services interested in large scale improvement in psychological support after stroke.

Managing COPD as a long term condition: emerging learning from the national improvement projects
This report contains practical examples to support clinical teams in delivering quality and productivity to patients and a wide range of stakeholders.