The Taskforce for Lung Heath is an exciting collaboration of the largest ever group of organisations and individuals who have come together to improve lung health.
There are 29 members including patients, health care professionals, the voluntary sector and professional associations. An Industries Forum, which works alongside the Taskforce, includes 11 pharmaceutical companies and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.
“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 Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation
“My ambition is to see a more joined-up service for patients together with better advice, support and guidance for those with lung conditions. It is refreshing to see that Taskforce’s commitment to ensure that the patient voice is heard.” Surayya Khan, patient representative
Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis is a charity that focuses on supporting those with pulmonary fibrosis and IPF.
"We are delighted to be a member of the Taskforce and through our involvement will ensure that the views of people living with pulmonary fibrosis are incorporated into the work of the Taskforce and its' new 5-year plan for improving lung health in England"Steve Jones, Chair
Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
The ABPI represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of bioscience in the UK. The ABPI is a member of the Taskforce and co-chairs the Industries Forum.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring the pharmaceutical industry’s expertise to bear as we work together to improve the state of lung health in the UK. With lung disease responsible for more than 700,000 hospital admissions and over 6 million inpatient bed-days in the UK each year, this new Taskforce has its sights set on delivering genuine results."Su Jones, NHS Engagement Partner
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care
The ACPRC is a national body of physiotherapists interested in all aspects of respiratory care. It promotes health and best practice in respiratory physiotherapy.
Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists
The ARNS exists to champion the specialty respiratory nursing community, promote excellence in practice, and influence respiratory health policy.
“It is important that we share our patients’ stories and the experience we have from clinical practice. What we will then show is that there is a big variation in clinical practice, and a big variation in services that are available. And when we put that evidence forward then we can start informing decision-makers.”Wendy Preston, Chair of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists, and Head of Nursing Practice at the Royal College of Nursing
Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology (UK)
ARTP is the professional body for practitioners in respiratory physiology and technology measurement.
"ARTP are delighted to have been invited to be a member of this taskforce. It is so important that we all collaborate to improve the nations lung health and support those with a diagnosis of lung disease. From patients to healthcare professionals, we all have a part to play and this taskforce gives us all an opportunity to ensure those who make the decisions hear what we have to say and how we can all improve the landscape of lung disease for the future." Dr Karl Sylvester, Head of Joint Respiratory Physiology Services (CUH & Papworth)/Lead Healthcare Scientist (Papworth Hospital)/Honorary Chair ARTP
Asthma UK works to stop asthma attacks and, ultimately, cure asthma by funding world-leading research, and supporting people with asthma to reduce their risk of asthma attacks.
British Lung Foundation
The BLF looks after anyone affected by a lung condition. The BLF gives people living with a lung condition hope, help and a voice through research, support, and campaigning.
“What the Taskforce does is bring together all these organisations who each individually have been trying to make a difference, bringing them all together so we can speak with one voice and really make an impact.” Alison Cook, Director of Policy and Communications, British Lung Foundation
British Geriatrics Society
The BGS is the professional association of doctors, nurses and other health professionals dedicated to improving health care for older people.
"The Taskforce is an excellent opportunity to improve care and services for older people with lung disease. We are seeing more and more patients with multiple conditions as our ageing population grows, and lung disease features often in these patients. We need a national, strategic plan to improve services and care for these patients, and the Taskforce brings together all the necessary organisations to create this.” Dr Chris Dyer, Consultant Geriatrician, on behalf of the British Geriatrics Society.
British Society of Thoracic Imaging
“One of our key aims is to promote best practice and high standards in thoracic imaging. As thoracic imaging is critical to accurate and early diagnosis for patients with lung diseases, the BSTI is delighted to be assisting the BLF in this project."Dr Anand Devaraj, President
British Thoracic Society
The BTS exists to improve standards of care for people who have respiratory diseases and to support and develop those who provide that care.
"The British Thoracic Society is a member of the Taskforce because we want to see a genuine commitment at the highest level to improving the health of people who have lung disease."Sheila Edwards, Chief Executive, British Thoracic Society
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
The CSP is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 57,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.
"Pulmonary rehab can make an enormous difference to a person’s life but at present, too many people miss out. This is damaging for the individual but also for the health and social care systems, which are placed under even greater pressure. The Taskforce will bring a much-needed national focus on the issue to hopefully deliver better access to the services people need, when they need them." Professor Karen Middleton, CSP
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Cystric Fibrosis Trust is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to fighting for a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis for everyone affected by the condition.
Health and Safety Executive
"As the independent regulator for occupational health and safety in Great Britain, HSE’s purpose is to prevent work-related death, injury and ill-health. Tackling ill health, which includes occupational lung disease, is a key priority of our ’Helping Great Britain Work Well’ strategy. We believe that by being an active member of the Taskforce, engaging with others and using our expertise in the causes of occupational lung disease, the measures to prevent or minimise it, we can make a real difference in reducing the number of cases of work related lung disease and in improving lung health more generally. I enthusiastically support the aims of this Taskforce" Martin Temple, Chair of the HSE
Interstitial Lung Disease Interdisciplinary Network
"The ILD Interdisciplinary Network (ILD-INN) is delighted to be a member of the Taskforce for lung health, driven by the collaborative effort of the respiratory community.
Our expertise is specifically in supporting and maintaining high quality care for patients diagnosed with an ILD. However, our patients have similar symptom experiences as do those living with other chronic progressive lung conditions. Working together with the wider community we hope to optimise the healthcare experience improving breathlessness management in particular and the educational experiences of healthcare professionals involved in delivering clinical respiratory services." Anne-Marie Russell, Chair
Jay Dowle, patient representative
“I believe that the key to effective lung disease management is a partnership between patient, medical staff and carers. I am a strong advocate of patient self-empowerment, through knowledge, activism and peer-to-peer organisation through social media and other channels. I am very pleased to be invited to be a member of this Taskforce.”Jay Dowle, patient representative
John Conway, patient representative
“The broad base of organisations represented on the Taskforce gives me confidence that there is a concerted effort to make this initiative achieve a lasting difference for lung health in England.”John Conway, patient representative
Primary Care Respiratory Society
PCRS is the UK-wide professional society supporting primary care to deliver high-value patient-centred respiratory care.
“The Taskforce for Lung Health has brought together a unified voice of patients, carers and health professionals. As a Taskforce member PCRS is using its voice to highlight the importance of lung health throughout all stages of life as we develop the Taskforce’s 5-year plan for improving lung health in England.” Dr Noel Baxter, Primary Care Respiratory Society
Learn more about how Noel is sharing his GP experience with the Taskforce.
Respiratory Futures is a new focal point for the UK respiratory community, building on the findings of the Respiratory Alliance and reaching across the traditional boundaries of primary and secondary care.
NHS RightCare is a national NHS England supported programme committed to delivering the best care to patients, making the NHS’s money go as far as possible and improving patient outcomes.
“As a member of the Taskforce, we believe this is a significant opportunity to tackle unwarranted variation and improve the long term health outcomes of people living with lung disease.” Professor Matthew Cripps, National Director
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the UK’s only dedicated lung cancer charity.
"As a national lung cancer charity, we have seen the advances brought about by the coming together of the cancer community, in implementing the Cancer Strategy and other initiatives. We hope this taskforce will bring similar patient benefits.” Paula Chadwick, Chief Executive, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Royal College of Anaesthetists
The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK, and it ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.
We know that many patients with respiratory illness will experience avoidable complications associated with their surgical procedure. Underpinned by optimal care before, during and after surgery – the perioperative period – we are committed to working with partners to develop robust and practical recommendations for lasting change that will improve outcomes for patients across the UK Dr Tom Pierce, Consultant Anaesthetist and Environmental Advisor to the Royal College of Anaesthetists
Royal College of GPs
The RCGP is the professional membership body for GPs in the UK. Its purpose is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice.
Lung disease is more more prevalent that most people imagine and it is too commonly overlooked. It’s one of the most common reasons why people visit primary care and it exerts a large impact on morbidity and mortality across England. Concerted action to improve the nation’s lung health is long overdue. The Taskforce for Lung Health should provide clinicians, patients and other organisations involved in lung health with our best opportunity yet to change the face of respiratory care. Now is the time to make significant progress in getting timely and accurate diagnoses, ensuring there is appropriate and equitable access to treatment, and that people living with a lung condition receive good quality care. There is expertise and good clinical care in general practice, community, A&E and other specialist services but we can, and must, build on this and work together to deliver more and faster improvements. I’m delighted the Royal College of General Practitioners are a member of the Taskforce and I will be working with my colleagues to ensure the Royal College's expertise is reflected in the published plan. Dr Steve Holmes
Royal College of Nursing
The Royal College of Nursing is the world’s largest nursing union and professional body. It represents more than 435,000 nurses, student nurses, midwives and health care assistants in the UK and internationally
“From a nursing perspective, and thinking about patient experience and patient outcomes, I think it’s really important that the Taskforce is able to raise awareness about the importance of lung health and that we can help improve outcomes for patients.” Eleanor Sherwen, Professional Lead for End of Life, Palliative Care and Long Term Conditions at the Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
The RCPCH’s mission is to transform child health through knowledge, innovation and expertise. It plays a major role in postgraduate medical education, professional standards, research and policy.
“The Taskforce has the potential to really make an impact on improving child respiratory health. Too often we see the same problems with children and lung disease occurring over and over again, and we want to work together to make a strong and compelling case for improvement and change.” Dr Jayesh Bhatt, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and representative for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and President, British Paediatric Respiratory Society
Royal College of Physicians
The RCP drives improvement in the diagnosis of disease, the care of individual patients and the health of the whole population both in the UK and across the globe through advocacy, education and research.
"Despite lung disease affecting people of all ages and backgrounds often resulting in very poor quality of life and reduced life expectancy, it doesn’t receive the same level of attention of other illnesses, such as heart disease. Lung disease is often assumed to be the result of smoking which is not the case.
"Over the last ten years, the national focus on other disease areas has led to improvements in patient care yet the outcomes of patients with lung diseases has not improved. Prevention and treatment of lung disease is particularly important in an already pressured NHS, as lung disease is one of the most common reasons for patients to consult their GP or admission to A & E.
"We hope this new initiative will drive change and give patients suffering with lung disease the quality of care they deserve and specifically the implementation of a national NHS England five year action plan."Dr Ian Woolhouse, RCP Clinical Director audit and accreditation:
Royal College of Radiologists
As the independent, professional body representing all radiologists and clinical oncologists in the UK, the accurate diagnosis of patients with lung cancer and other lung diseases is a crucial part of the RCR’s work- thereby informing and guiding most treatment and management decisions. The Taskforce offers an opportunity to improve quality of patient care for all lung patients, and we are delighted to be a part of this project.Dr Nicola Strickland, President
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
"Pharmacists working across all care settings have much to offer people with poor lung health from prevention, recognising signs and symptoms to support early diagnosis, supporting treatment and management of lung conditions and assisting in end of life care. The Taskforce raises awareness of the importance of good lung health and brings together patients, carers and professionals to ultimately improve outcomes for patients and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is pleased to be involved." Robbie Turner, Director for England, RPS
Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons
The RCS is a professional membership organisation with more than 25,000 members in the UK and internationally, which seeks advance surgical care by improving their skills and knowledge, facilitating research and developing policy and guidance.
Surayya Khan, patient representative
“I think the Taskforce is important because you need to step back and take a look at what’s happening and what needs to be improved, and take everyone’s perspective into consideration, particularly patients.” Surayya Khan, Taskforce patient representative