About the Taskforce for Lung Health

The Taskforce for Lung Health has been set up to develop a 5-year plan for improving 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. The Taskforce will meet regularly throughout 2018 and is expected to last for 12 months.

We’ll look at all the evidence we recieve about what changes to policy and services would make a real difference to the lives of people with lung conditions. Health professionals, researchers, members of the public and people living with a lung condition can help by submitting evidence in our call for evidence.

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

So we can 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 provides evidence, data and input for 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 will participate in the call for evidence by sharing evidence and data. The Industry Forum evidence that is submitted to the Taskforce will be made publicly available when the plan is published. Members will also contribute their ideas to the development of the recommendations in the 5-year plan.

8 companies in the Industries Forum have provided financial backing to the Taskforce.

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