Improving COPD care through best practice and innovation

A collaborative approach, initially involving a number of partners around East Surrey hospital, has seen care further improve for patients with COPD. This is the first phase of developing a KSS-wide approach.

The project aims to:

  • achieve sustainable COPD care improvements for patients
  • reduce COPD admissions, A&E attendances and 30 day readmissions
  • embed COPD best practice pathways 
  • enhance pathways with technologies and innovations.

After engagement with partners, the clinical pathway of evidence based, best COPD practice was described. Collaborative workshops enabled the pathway to be edited and revised prior to being used to ensure delivery of best care right across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. This included expanding pulmonary rehabilitation services and establishing new clinics within palliative care services. 

Reaching for improvement and sustaining achievement is a continual struggle. We're working with KSS AHSN to make it sustainable.

Dr Ed Cetti, EQR clinical lead and Consultant Respiratory Physician
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust