The Respiratory Fast-Forward Prescribing Group
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
It was widely recognised that pulmonary rehabilitation is the only non-pharmacological evidence-based treatment for COPD which enhances the quality of life for patients along with improvement in self-sufficiency. Therefore, it was agreed that the transformational change be directed towards the pulmonary rehabilitation resource in NHS Ayrshire & Arran. A work programme was devised under the sponsorship of the Respiratory Fast-Forward Prescribing Group, incorporating members of the community pharmacy and prescribing teams, a hospital pharmacist, the respiratory clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapy lead, public health representative, respiratory consultant and MCN manager. The group, chaired by a GP member with interest in respiratory, commenced implementing a comprehensive action plan to address prescribing while also acknowledging and seeking to address the need to provide support through other therapies and interventions that would benefit the patient.