Care for asthma patients praised by national programme

Care for patients with asthma is going from strength from strength – leading to praise from a national programme.

The National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP) has highlighted the trust as being one of the top performers in a recent adult asthma audit.

The audit collects information on all adult patients admitted to hospital with asthma attacks while also taking a snapshot of the organisation and care resourcing.

The team have added one of the highest number of records onto the web tool. This is having already been involved in the national chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) audit where a successful system had already been put in place.

David Piggott, service improvement lead for in hospital and urgent and emergency care, said: “We were asked to share with the NACAP the way we have approached the audit so they could cascade our process and good practice to other trusts. We have learnt from previous audits that the only way to succeed is to have a team approach.

“We meet monthly as a team to discuss progress, debate any issues and to look at creating further improvements to our approach to improve further.

“It’s lovely to receive feedback from the national team on our performance and a real positive for the team to receive this feedback due to the hard work and dedication they provide to the trust. However, as always, we look to continually raise the bar further and look forward to improving even more in the next 12 months.”

At the start of the COPD audit there were issues with data collection due to time and resources for collection and awareness of all cases.

To improve this, changes were made to collection of information around discharges, for a more rapid and complete matching of patients to data entered.

The team is made up of members from clinical data input, clinical effectiveness, service improvement, respiratory consultants, specialist respiratory nursing team and the in-hospital care management team.

 

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