How a team of nurses is helping improve lung health in Northamptonshire
A pilot scheme in Northamptonshire is supporting GP practices by making available a team of specialist respiratory nurses to improve lung health in the county.
Four senior nurses are carrying out high-level face-to-face COPD and asthma checks, including inhaler technique, and checking for accurate diagnosis in line with national guidelines. They are also able to refer to other services, such as pulmonary rehabilitation, and provide training and mentoring to practice staff.
The initiative is being led by National Services for Health Improvement and there is no extra cost to GP practices, who are required to carry out annual checks.
Lisa Riddaway, Senior Strategic Commissioning Manager and NHCP Programme Lead (Respiratory), and Dr Az Ali, a GP in Wellingborough, say the initiative will address clinical variation that exists around the county, as well as providing an additional resource to GPs. In the first 6 months, already 15 practices (out of 70) have taken up the offer and the first data is now being assessed to measure its impact.