COPD services invited to take part in pulmonary rehabilitation audit

The National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP) has opened the registration process for its pulmonary rehabilitation workstream.

All pulmonary rehabilitation services that provide care for people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to register for and participate in this audit.

Professor Sally Singh, clinical lead for the NACAP pulmonary rehabilitation workstream, said:

The new national pulmonary rehabilitation audit is an opportunity to collect data continuously on the quality and care of the service provision for individuals with COPD. We know that pulmonary rehabilitation is a highly valued and effective treatment for participants.

This audit will allow us to support the development of the service, identifying areas of good practice and others where the services do not meet the expected standards.

Professor Sally Singh, clinical lead, NACAP pulmonary rehabilitation workstream

This audit will allow us to support the development of the service, identifying areas of good practice and others where the services do not meet the expected standards.

NACAP is also looking for pilot services to test the online dataset in November 2018. This is a unique opportunity to view and feed back on the dataset before it launches in March 2019.

The COPD pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) workstream comprises snapshot clinical and organisational audits of PR services across England and Wales.

Register

If you would like further information about how to register your service for the audit or to express your interest in being a pilot service please contact pulmrehab@rcplondon.ac.uk.

Notes to editors

NACAP is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership. The project is led by the Royal College of Physicians of London, working closely with stakeholders including:

  • British Thoracic Society
  • Asthma UK
  • British Lung Foundation
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Imperial College London
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Royal College of General Practitioners.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a group of lung conditions including bronchitis and emphysema. They make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have been narrowed. There are treatments to help people with COPD breathe more easily, but they can’t reverse the damage to the lungs, which is why early diagnosis is so important.

Pulmonary rehabilitation or PR is a programme of exercise and education designed for people living with COPD. It combines physical exercise sessions with advice and discussions about your lung health.

There is strong evidence that people with COPD benefit from PR and exercise more generally. Most people find PR improves their ability to exercise and their quality of life.