Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Wessex AHSN have won the HSJ Award for primary care innovation award for their 'Mission' asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease projects.
The trust designed the Mission projects to identify patients on GP registers at risk of asthma, and then chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), so they could receive swift community-based assessment.
Results from the asthma scheme included a 67 per cent cut in emergency department visits, while the follow-up COPD project slashed such visits by 97 per cent in month five.
Judges hailed the “patient-focused” scheme.
Access links to AHSNs with a respiratory focus, including Wessex, as well as resources and information about NHS innovation programmes on the Respiratory Futures Innovation portal.