About the Taskforce for Lung Health

The Taskforce for Lung Health is a group of 30 organisations and individuals working to improve lung health in England. It also aims to raise public awareness and understanding of lung health.

The Taskforce is independent of government. It brings together representatives from 30 organisations, representing patients, health care professionals, the voluntary sector and professional associations. Read more about our members.

“This is the first time that the lung health community has come together to produce a plan to bring about the transformation that we desperately need. The scale of the task facing us is bigger than what any single organisation can hope to achieve alone.” Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation

Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, chairs the Taskforce and Lucy Bramwell is its policy and project manager. 

In 2018, we looked at evidence to see what changes to policy and services would make a real difference to the lives of people with lung conditions. 

We published our recommendations for what changes should be made in the next 5 years at the end of 2018. 

To inform the Taskforce’s future campaigning work to raise awareness about lung health, we conducted some research into patients’ and the public’s perceptions of lung disease. Read the key findings from this research (1MB, PDF)

Industries Forum

11 representatives from the pharmaceutical industry make up an Industries Forum that contributes to the work of the Taskforce. Alison Cook, Director of Policy and Communications at the British Lung Foundation, and Su Jones, NHS Engagement Partner at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), chair the Industries Forum. ABPI also sits as an observing member on the Taskforce.

The Industries Forum members participated in a call for evidence by sharing evidence and data. The Industry Forum evidence that is submitted to the Taskforce will be made publicly available in early 2019. 

8 companies in the Industries Forum provided financial backing to the Taskforce in its first year.

You can read answers to questions you might have about the Taskforce.