To ensure that recent advances in Pulmonary Rehabilitation standard setting and clinical audit are supported by a rigorous Quality Improvement (QI) programme, BTS established the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Quality Improvement Advisory Group (PRQIAG).
The PRQIAG is Chaired by Professor Sally Singh and details of members are available here. Terms of Reference for the Group are available in the Related Documents section, along with a brief BTS Statement on Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Accreditation
One of the first tasks of the PRQIAG was to act as the clinical advisory body for pilot PR accreditation scheme led by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and funded by NHS England to test the feasibility of developing a full scheme.
The accreditation process is based on meeting a set of accreditation standards - attainment of the standards is assessed by a combination of a site visit and pre-visit submission of written evidence. The standards used in the pilot were based on the BTS Quality Standards for Pulmonary Rehabilitation and incorporated feedback collected via a public consultation. Volunteers were recruited to act as pilot sites and assessors, and assessments took place in April 2016. Findings from the pilot scheme were very positive and an evaluation report including the accreditation standards used is available here.
A full scheme was launched by the RCP in April 2018, in collaboration with the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP). BTS remains a supporter of the scheme, along with the British Lung Foundation. The accreditation standards for the new scheme are still derived from the BTS Quality Standards but have been updated to take into account the British Standards Institute clinical services standard PAS1616. Further information on the scheme and how to register is available here.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Training and Resources
A BTS Short Course has been developed to cover the fundamentals of PR. This course has run three times since April 2017 and it is intended that further courses will be scheduled in due course - details will be available here when confirmed.
The PRQIAG has developed training and resources to help PR practitioners in their day to day work which are available on a dedicated PR programme area on Respiratory Futures. This has been established as a repository for information on quality improvement and best practice, and includes a PR forum to enable further sharing of ideas and leaning. Please send any suggestions for the PR programme pages and PR forum to: firstname.lastname@example.org.