Sharing learning and developing plans: North West COPD Discharge Bundle Joint Collaborative

NHS Trusts and organisations from across the North West joined together to discuss ideas about how to improve COPD care through the implementation of the COPD discharge bundle.

Health Innovation Manchester, Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative (GMECPSC) and the Innovation Agency held the North West Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Discharge Bundle Collaborative at the Mecure Haydock Hotel on 27 September.

The collaborative will support the adoption of the COPD Discharge Care Bundle with the aim of improving care and reducing readmissions for patients admitted with acute exacerbations of COPD.

The bundle includes the following five elements:

  • Review patient’s medication and demonstrate use of inhalers
  • Provide written self-management plan and emergency drug pack
  • Assess and offer referral for smoking cessation
  • Assess for suitability for pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Appropriate follow-up call within 72 hours of discharge

During the event, attendees heard from Ellie Wells, Programme Manager, and Tom Myers, Senior Analyst, of Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and their COPD discharge bundle implementation journey.

It was followed by Liam Shanahan, Project Manager, National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme, explained more about their work and how they are collaborating across primary, secondary and pulmonary rehabilitation services through the national COPD audit programme.

The event then included a powerful patient story from Ian Kenworthy, who is living with COPD. He explained his story and why he feels it is important to improve care and education for those diagnosed with COPD.

He added: “We need to make things better for the people living with COPD and the initiatives I’ve heard about here today give me hope that my dream will be realised.”

Ian Kenworthy addressing the North Wesr COPD Joint Collaborative event
Dr Binita Kane addressing the North Wesr COPD Joint Collaborative event

This was then followed by Dr Binita Kane, Consultant Chest Physician at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and clinical lead for the Health Innovation Manchester respiratory programme.

Binita introduced the audience to the myCOPD app, which is currently being rolled out in Greater Manchester through Health Innovation Manchester

The app provides education, pulmonary rehabilitation and disease management tailored to the individual user.

Patients with COPD can use their smartphone, tablet or computer 24/7 to manage their health online, with the app providing a self-management plan and inhaler diary, an exercise programme, online education tutorials such as inhaler videos, weather and pollution forecasts, and symptom reporting.

myCOPD educates and empowers patients to take more control of their own care, helping to bring improvements in inhaler use and compliance with other treatments.

The second part of the day featured interactive discussions allowing teams to plan their own implementation journeys, thinking about what they want to achieve over the next 30, 60 and 90 days.

To review the day as it happened, please click on the Tweet below to read the live event thread from the day.

The COPD discharge bundle is one of several projects selected for national adoption and spread through the Patient Safety Collaboratives, including GMECPSC.

Read more about the programme

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