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Recruitment open for National Respiratory Audit Programme (NRAP) COPD Clinical Lead

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) invites its fellows to apply for this exciting role of Clinical Lead for Adult Asthma in the National Respiratory Audit Programme.

The National Respiratory Audit programme (NRAP) formerly known as National Asthma and COPD audit programme (NACAP) is a high profile national clinical audit that is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England and the Welsh Government. The NRAP provides a source of national data, capturing information required by regulatory bodies and service commissioners, and also provides a tool to support quality improvement and drive better patient outcomes. The aims of the work are to deliver a continuous prospective clinical audit of the management and outcomes of patients with asthma and COPD across primary care, secondary care and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Examples of our work can be found at https://www.nacap.org.uk/ and https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/national-asthma-and-copd-audit-prog...

The successful candidate will lead the COPD workstream and work collaboratively within a team of one senior clinical lead, five clinical leads, and in conjunction with a core team made up of a programme manager, deputy programme manager, project managers, programme coordinators, and data specialists. Work will be overseen by the senior clinical lead, an improvement clinical director and a multi-professional board comprising individuals who represent a broad range of relevant stakeholder organisations.

The Clinical Lead for COPD will ensure that the workstreams are delivered in line with contractual obligations and within legislative frameworks, seeking to ensure maximum use of outputs to benefit patients and improve service performance. They will work collaboratively with the other clinical leads to ensure cohesion and effectiveness of the workstreams’ contributions to the overall programme.

Application and appointments process

The contract for the appointment is for three years from 1 June 2023 – 31 May 2026. The post is remunerated at £12,000 per year and the time commitment is estimated to be 0.5 days per week.

Interested parties are welcome to have an informal discussion ahead of application with Lara Amusan, Programme Manager lara.amusan@rcp.ac.uk 

Please forward a current CV and a personal statement (of no more than two pages) outlining your suitability for the role based on the person specification. Please also include a written statement of support from your medical director and a completed declaration of interest form. This should be sent to lara.amusan@rcp.ac.uk FAO Lara Amusan, Programme Manager.

The deadline for applications is Friday 12 May 2023 at 5pm and shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview between 22  26 May 2023. Please note that interviews will be conducted virtually with details provided to shortlisted candidates.

Please ensure you have agreement from your trust for the requisite time commitment of the role.


  • Application period: 27 April – 12 May 2023
  • Shortlisted candidates notified: week commencing 15 May 2023
  • Interviews: week commencing 22 May 2023.

Financial aspects and time commitment

The time commitment is on average half a day per week and is remunerated at £12K per annum. Candidates for this role should be aware that it is the duty of a candidate to obtain advance agreement from his/her employing authority that they will be given adequate time to perform the duties of this role. The RCP will not fund Clinical Excellence Awards at local or national level. The RCP will not make any additional reimbursements as part of the agreement related to this role. Appointees can claim reimbursement of all eligible expenses incurred in carrying out their roles, in line with RCP policy.

The RCP positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity. The RCP is all about our people – our members, our staff, our volunteers and leaders. We educate, influence and collaborate to improve health and healthcare for everyone and know we can only do this by being inclusive, encouraging and celebrating diverse perspectives. That’s why welcoming and having people who represent the 21st-century medical workforce and the diverse population of patients we serve is so important to us.