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Bradford Breathing Better

The Bradford Breathing Better Programme aims to improve the pathway of care from diagnosis, ensuring improved management of respiratory diseases with a view to reducing avoidable hospital admissions.

Managing your own health and self-care is central to people maintianign good lung health particularly if they have an existing respiratory condition.

We are working closely with our partners across primary care (GPs), secondary care (Hospital teams) and with Public Health colleagues to make sure our patients are experts in their own health. 

In Bradford we have some of the highest rates of emergency admissions. Clinically this is not the right course of action for people in many cases.

Our work stream, Bradford Breathing Better (BBB), aims to ensure we make accurate diagnosis of respiratory disease, make sure our patients are on the correct medication, know how to take this correctly and give people the tools and appropriate information to help manage take better care of their own respiratory health.

This work will focus on the whole of the patient pathway; from diagnosis through to end of life.

We want to provide skills to clinicians to help them diagnoses COPD and provide support to patients and their families to ensure they feel confident in managing, where appropriate, their respiratory health.

the correct use of inhalers reduces exacerbations and can be lifesaving.  These techniques should be repeated at every opportunity to make sure that they are being used correctly and that the drug is getting into the lungs where it is needed.

The most cost effective interventions and resources are:

These simple strategies will help people look after their own health and give people the necessary resources to do so resulting in a reduction in people going to hospital as an emergency.

Reported number of emergency / non-elective admissions for all respiratory related conditions (summary total)

(Results to be confirmed)

Work across Bradford Districts CCG is focusing on improving services relating to respiratory conditions with a view to improving on the reported 7,257 emergency admissions for all respiratory related conditions in 2017/18.

It is suggested that for every 100 patients diagnosed with COPD there are an estimated 15 emergency admissions every year, and this is similar for people with asthma, so for every 100 people with asthma, 4 emergency admissions each year.


Annual review: COPD

(Results to be confirmed)

For people with COPD, education and support are key to people looking after their health. 

At the annual review people are encouraged to consider the development of a joint care plan, based on that individual and how they manage their condition safely.

We want to make these checks an integral part of patient care, making sure that everyone has a care plan, is offered and accepts smoking cessation where appropriate, and has access to inhaler techniques.

Annual review: Asthmatics

(Results to be confirmed)

Education and support are key to people looking after their health. 

At the annual review people are encouraged to consider the development of a joint care plan, based on that individual and how they manage their condition safely.

We want to make these checks an integral part of patient care, making sure that everyone has a care plan, is offered and accepts smoking cessation where appropriate, and has access to inhaler techniques.