Morning, Thursday, 24th January 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will bring together key stakeholders to discuss next steps for improving respiratory care and lung health in England.
Delegates will examine key issues including funding allocation, improving diagnosis and addressing inequalities, with the NHS Long Term plan set to include decisions on improving health outcomes for people with respiratory disease.
It will also be an early opportunity to consider the five-year plan from the Taskforce for Lung Health due to be published in December, which will set out recommendations for improving lung health, including increasing public awareness and encouraging collaboration - with discussion expected on the scope of the plan and issues for its implementation.
The agenda also looks at the wider context surrounding lung health, focusing on priorities for air quality and the ambitions outlined in the Government’s draft Clean Air Strategy for reducing air pollution in England - which includes protecting the nation’s health by effectively communicating health messages about air pollution and taking steps to improve air quality.
Further sessions will assess the impact of NICE guidance on improving respiratory health, including the recent draft guidance on potential life-extending treatment for people with untreated advanced lung cancer, which could be made eligible for use on the Cancer Drugs Fund.
We also expect discussion on the next steps for reducing unwarranted variation in lung care, following the NHS Business Services Authority’s Respiratory Dashboard highlighting variation in prescribing across CCGs in England earlier this year.
Further sessions will consider next steps for innovation in treatment for respiratory conditions, including developments in data sharing and use of digital technology in diagnosis, treatment and care, as well as patient safety.