The Asthma biologics programme is looking at the whole patient pathway for patients with severe asthma. This section focuses on primary care and understanding the landscape around severe asthma care. This includes issues around patient identification, management and referral for assessment of biologic suitability across the entire patient pathway.
Primary care healthcare professional training
Education/training– Cogora have been commissioned to deliver two tailored educational modules about Identifying and Managing Uncontrolled Asthma and Management of Non-Adherence. The Asthma Biologics Training Package will consist of two e-learning modules, two podcasts and a series of three life webinars. To be launched soon!
Primary care healthcare professional resources
NHSBSA prednisolone dashboard and linked patient identification process – Can be used by primary care networks or practice pharmacists to identify individual patients prescribed an inhaler and on high prednisolone doses. Please get in touch with your local AHSN lead for further details and discuss potential opportunities for improvement.
Respiratory structured medication review template – A template to support primary care clinicians carry out a comprehensive respiratory medication review and for this review to be integrated into a patient’s medical record. Please get in touch with your local AHSN lead for further details and discuss potential opportunities for improvement.
Refer ID – Asthma Referral Identifier– For users of GP notebook a useful referral decision tool has been developed by Astrazeneca based on Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) Global Strategy for Asthma Management Prevention 2020.
Primary Care Investment and Impact Fund
From October 2021, four new respiratory indicators have been included in the Primary Care Network contract that supports improvement of respiratory care and health outcomes.
- Digital asthma: Re-imagining primary care, Asthma UK / British Lung Foundation Partnership
- Poorly controlled and severe asthma: triggers for referral for adult or paediatric specialist care – a PCRS pragmatic guide