A new national Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) audit programme for England and Wales has been announced at the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting in London. The programme will be clinically led by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the British Thoracic Society (BTS), the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS-UK) in partnership with the British Lung Foundation (BLF).
The new audit programme brings together primary care, secondary care, rehabilitation and patient experience, marking a brand new partnership approach to drive improvements in COPD patient care.
The audit aims to map the patient journey, map the variation in patient care and to use the data collected extensively and innovatively to drive up standards of care.
The programme will start in early 2013 and will run for an initial three years. It is commissioned for England and Wales by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of the DH and is part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).