Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for improving respiratory care and lung health in England

Morning, Thursday, 24th January 2019

Central London


This seminar will bring together key stakeholders to discuss next steps for improving respiratory care and lung health in England.

With the respiratory and cardiovascular working group currently contributing to the development of the final version of the NHS 10-year plan, which is due to be set out in autumn, the conference will be an opportunity to examine key issues including funding allocation, improving diagnosis and addressing inequalities.

The seminar will also offer an early opportunity to consider the Lung Health Taskforce’s five year plan, 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 the next steps for its implementation.

Delegates will also discuss 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.

Planned sessions will assess the impact of NICE guidance on improving respiratory health, including the consultation on the guidance of the safe and effective use in the NHS of potentially life changing bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma.

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 examine 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. 

Guest of Honour

Professor Mike Morgan

National Clinical Director for Respiratory Services, NHS England

Guest of Honour

Professor Mike Morgan

National Clinical Director for Respiratory Services, NHS England


Professor Paul Cosford

Director for Health Protection and Medical Director, Public Health England

Matthew Cripps

Director, Sustainable Healthcare

Professor Kevin Harris

Programme Director and Clinical Advisor, Interventional Procedures Programme, NICE and Professor of Renal Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, College of Life Sciences, University of Leicester

Dr Jonathan Fuld

Consultant Physician, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alison Cook

Director of Policy and Communications, British Lung Foundation

Louise Hope

Head of Marketing, Orion Pharma UK

Professor Andrew Bush

Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Paediatrics, Imperial College; Professor of Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute and Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brampton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust