About the Taskforce for Lung Health
The Taskforce for Lung Heath is a collaboration of the largest ever group of organisations and individuals who have come together, as a team, to improve lung health.
The Taskforce has 35 members including patients, health care professionals, the voluntary sector and professional associations. An Industries Forum, which works alongside the Taskforce, includes representatives from the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, devices and digital industries.
“The scale of the task facing us is bigger than any single organisation can hope to achieve alone. We are delighted to see so many organisations coming together with a commitment to improve respiratory outcomes for patients, saving lives and improving the quality of life for those being treated for lung disease. Dr Alison Cook, Director of External Affairs for Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership and Chair of the Taskforce
In 2018, we:
- published our five-year plan setting out 43 recommendations for what changes need to be made in the next five years. Read our plan.
- issued a call for evidence to gather existing research, data and practices in support of changes to policy and services
We also conducted research in 2017 into patients’ and the public’s perceptions of lung disease. This will help to inform our future campaigning work to raise awareness about lung health. Read the key findings from this research (1MB, PDF)
In 2019, we:
- established four working groups made up of Taskforce and Industries Forum members to drive the implementation of our recommendations. Read more about our working groups.
This is the first time that the lung community has come together to produce a plan to bring about the transformation that we desperately need. Our five-year plan sets out our framework to improve the nation’s lung health and provide better care for people with lung disease. There is much that needs to be done to change policy and services.
Dr Steve Holmes, Royal College of General Practitioners representative on the Taskforce for Lung Health
Representatives from the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, devices and digital industries make up an Industries Forum that contributes to the work of the Taskforce.
Alison Cook, Director of External Affairs at the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership, chairs the Industries Forum. Su Jones, NHS Engagement Partner at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry also sits as an observing member on the Taskforce.
In 2018 the Industries Forum provided evidence and data. Read the Industries Forum submitted evidence for prevention and diagnosis (PDF, 560KB), and treatment, management and end of life (PDF, 550KB).
In 2019 the Industries Forum members are representing industry views in the working groups.
The Industries Forum has no editorial control over the activities of the Taskforce.
Some Industries Forum members provide financial backing to the Taskforce. This is not a condition of membership to the Industries Forum and it provides no editorial rights. No Industries Forum members have voting rights on the Taskforce. Read about the Taskforce sponsors.
In December 2018 the Taskforce published our five-year plan to improve the nation’s lung health and provide better care for people with lung disease. We identified 43 recommendations for changes to policy and services.
To help drive forward the implementation of our recommendations we have set up four working groups in the initial priority areas of:
- Dr Noel Baxter and Carol Stonham – Primary Care Respiratory Society
- Dr Sam Hare – Royal College of Radiologists
- Dr Graham Robinson – British Society of Thoracic Imaging
- Sheila Edwards - British Thoracic Society
- Dr Anna Murphy - Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- Robin Hinks – Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
- Jess Eagelton – British Lung Foundation
- Sarah MacFadyen – British Lung Foundation
- Vittoria Polito – NHS RightCare
These areas have been selected because of the number of people they will benefit and the current opportunities to influence the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.
The working groups are made up of Taskforce and Industries Forum members who work together to influence policy makers, commissioners and providers to change policy and practice. The working groupscontribute to the NHS Long Term Plan Respiratory Programme Delivery Board and also monitor the progress in implementing our recommendations, share information and improve public understanding and awareness of lung disease.
We are grateful to the sponsors of the Taskforce. In 2020, these companies are supporting the work of the Taskforce financially but have no editorial rights:
- Verona Pharma