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Healthcare improvement

Our objective is to create a sustainable framework and set of resources which empower and enable stakeholders to use NRAP data to facilitate improvements in the quality of asthma and COPD care.

Our strategy

Our new Healthcare Improvement strategy (2024-26) outlines a framework for how NRAP will work to support healthcare improvement within respiratory settings.

Within our strategy we also identify five healthcare improvement goals which were developed with support of a task and finish group. Our goals are in the following areas:

  • Treating tobacco dependency
  • Early and accurate diagnosis
  • Supporting self-management
  • Inhaler technique checks
  • Access to pulmonary rehabilitation.

We will be supporting services in England and Wales to take steps to achieve these goals by May 2026.

Our approach

In collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians’ Education Directorate and the British Thoracic Society, NRAP are providing HI training to respiratory service teams in England and Wales via an online learning platform and virtual workshops.

We have also identified and trained 14 QI ‘Coaches’ to provide teams with a source of ongoing local support so that improvement projects maintain momentum.

We have combined clinical and educational expertise to deliver a HI programme that we hope to be both engaging and effective.

Healthcare improvement support

Generic and workstream specific HI support is available for everyone. These include:

  • Recommendations for improvement priorities
  • Slidesets highlighting key findings from clinical audit reports, to inform and support clinical teams to make improvements. You will find these alongside the relevant reports. 
  • Templates for driver diagrams, PDSA cycles and SMART aims.

Examples of good practice

See our good practice repositories for ideas on how to drive improvements in your service or contact NRAPinbox@rcp.ac.uk if you have an example that you would like to share with others: