Asthma audit wins excellence award for patient involvement

Published: 18 Nov 2021

A national clinical audit that aims to improve the quality of care for people living with Asthma and COPD in the UK has been named the winner of a national award for outstanding patient and public involvement.

The National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP) won the 2021 Richard Driscoll Memorial Award for its outstanding approach to embedding patient involvement within clinical audit.

Kim Rezel, our Head of Inclusion and award facilitator said: “This year, we asked providers to send us submissions describing their communications with patients and carers. The entries did not disappoint and highlighted the wide variety of approaches to engagement, co-production and dissemination.

The NACAP team has worked hard to achieve involvement from all ages and have gone into the community to seek input from those who use asthma services. We liked their age-appropriate outputs that showed patients are at the centre of this project.”

Adrian Hardy, Chair of the Service User Network (SUN) and member of the judging panel, said: “It is clear through the work they are doing that patients are a priority for the audit. We were particularly impressed by their commitment to fostering two-way communication through ‘clinic chats’.”

NACAP is delivered by the Royal College of Physicians and works closely with Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation to support the adult patient panel, while also working with the RCPCH to represent children and young people with asthma and/or other long-term health conditions, as well as parents and carers via their Children and Young People’s Forum. NACAP is one of 40 national clinical audits and patient outcome reviews commissioned by Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and funded by NHS England.

The award judges also commended the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) and the National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit (NEIAA).

The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme, which works to improve the care that patients with fragility fractures and inpatient falls receive in hospital, were recognised for their wealth of co-produced resources available to patients and their families.

The National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit (NEIAA), which aims to improve the quality of care for people living with inflammatory arthritis, impressed the judges with their patient panel led approach to resource development for patient use.

All of our submissions will feature as patient and public involvement case studies on HQIP’s website.

The Richard Driscoll Memorial Award was introduced to acknowledge and reward outstanding patient and public involvement in national clinical audits. It was launched in September 2018 in tribute to HQIP’s former Chair of Trustees, a passionate life-long ambassador for patient care, who sadly passed away in 2017.