As the drive towards integration of healthcare in the United Kingdom gathers momentum, there is a need to clarify the purpose and role of the respiratory specialist in the provision of integrated care. For BTS, the term respiratory specialist includes, nurses, physiotherapists, consultants, GPs and pharmacists.
BTS believes that collaboration between primary care, secondary care, community services and social care, needs to be developed to improve the diagnosis and management of those with long term conditions. We aim to provide useful resources that will assist respiratory teams to develop and continue programmes of Integrated Care across the UK.
In the autumn of 2013 the Society commissioned a research project which sought to clarify the purpose, role, training and support requirements of these integrated respiratory specialist posts, some of which have been established for many years. Following on from this report, the Society produced its Position Statement on Integrated Care and recommended the need for a longer term BTS Integrated Care Working Party.
The Working Party was set up in October 2014 and was chaired by Professor Martyn Partridge. The aim of the Working Party was to ensure that those with a special interest and responsibility for integrated respiratory health care are equipped with the correct skills, training, support and facilities, and that such developments are correctly evaluated.
The Working Party have completed their work to date and reported to BTS Board of Trustees, who are now planning the further development of the group.
Working in Integrated Care
The Working Party developed resources for colleagues coming from a Physician, Nurse and Physiotherapist background considering a career in Integrated Respiratory Medicine. These included: sample job descriptions, suggestions for additional training needs, day to day work of specialist working in integrated care, and evaluating integrated care posts and services.
To read more visit the Working in Integrated Care page (through the thumbnail below).