KSS AHSN Respiratory Collaborative Quality Improvement awards

Five teams from across the region have been recognised in the KSS AHSN Respiratory Collaborative Quality Improvement awards.  

The winners were announced at the recent KSS AHSN Respiratory Collaborative, which saw 95 delegates coming together to discuss the Collaborative's plans for the coming year and hear from a range of speakers.  

The award winners were: 

Medicines Optimisation:

Improving Oxygen prescription within RESPS commissioned CCGs

Regional East Sussex Pulmonary Service (RESPS), East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

How medicines optimisation promoting responsible respiratory prescribing has driven QI for patients on inhaled therapy

Integrated Respiratory Nurse Team, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS FT


Quality Improvement:

Improvements in Acute NIV training for nursing staff in ward areas

Critical Care Outreach Team, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust


QI project implementing NACAP in EKHUFT – Results for the first year

Inpatient Specialist Respiratory Practitioner Team, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust



EPIC Programme (Enhancing Patient outcomes In COPD)

Swale Medicines Optimisation Team, Swale CCG

Commenting on the awards Ellie Wells, KSS AHSN's Respiratory Programme Manager, said: "The standard of applications received was very high this year and a real testament to the fantastic quality improvement work taking place throughout respiratory services across the region, showcasing the networks continued efforts to improve quality and reduce the variation in respiratory care across KSS. 

"We are delighted to be able to continue to support the KSS Respiratory Network to transform lives through innovation."

Keynote presentations

The day was co-chaired by Clinical Leads Dr Jo Congleton and Julia Bott, and included brilliant keynote presentations. 

The first was on Respiratory Integrated Care in Practice from Dr Sarah Elkin, Clinical Director – Integrated Care & Respiratory Consultant, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. 

The second keynote featured two takes on achieving Quality Assured Spirometry from Prof. Brendan Cooper, Professor of Respiratory & Sleep Physiology, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT and Vikki Knowles, Respiratory Consultant Nurse, G&W CCG.

There was also an integrated care Q&A with Dr Sarah Elkin, Sarah Pearce, Lead Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS FT and Sarah Crouch, Strategic Commissioning Manager (LTCs), Joint Commissioning Team - East Sussex County Council

Peter Carpenter, KSS AHSN's Service Delivery Director, and Ellie Wells updated on the plans for national spread and adoption of the COPD Discharge Bundle, led by KSS PSC, based on the experience of delivering the bundle across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.