The DH respiratory programme and NHS Improvement held the event Better value, better outcomes How to deliver quality and value in chronic care: sharing the learning from the respiratory programme in London on 21 February 2013.
The event combined a number of keynote speeches with 20 parallel sessions looking at the range of resources, support, improvement tools and techniques to improve respiratory care and servcies, reflected across the five domains of the NHS Outcomes Framework.
There was also a competition for academic posters from NHS teams and people working around respiratory care.
The NHS spends around £2bn a year on respiratory disease. There is significant variation in outcomes across England – a four fold variation in admissions, a two fold variation in mortality. However, a wealth of support, practical help and guidance for clinicians, commissioners and service managers has been produced over the past three years as part of the respiratory programme to help improve outcomes and reduce variation.
This one day event provided an excellent opportunity to learn from others on how they have improved respiratory services locally.