The South West Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC), hosted by the South West AHSN, has been working with Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) since 2019 to support COPD and asthma discharge care bundle implementation in the region, as part of the Adoption & Spread National Patient Safety Improvement Programme.
The COPD discharge care bundles includes follow-up care, checking inhaler technique, referral for smoking cessation support, assessment for pulmonary rehabilitation, emergency drug packs and a self-management plan.
The South West PSC provided:
- Bespoke quality improvement support
- ‘Pump-prime’ funding to recruit an audit facilitator to support completion of the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP).
- Facilitated networking across organisational boundaries within Cornwall and the wider South West region.
A respiratory specialist nurse from RCHT attended South West PSC-led COPD and asthma learning events and webinars.