The ARNS Executive Board attend twice monthly National Respiratory drop-in sessions and there has been much talk about Respiratory Networks.
These networks will be central to the clinical leadership of respiratory services in managing the current and on-going demand posed by Covid-19, delivering the objectives of the NHS Long Term Plan and ensuring routine care for respiratory patients is of the highest quality.
The key aim of these networks is to support organisations in developing systems and process for
1. Acute management of Covid-19 patients and planning for future surges.
2. Follow-up and rehabilitation for post-Covid-19 survivors (including virtual rehab).
3. Restoration of respiratory services based on the NHS Long Term Plan priorities for early and accurate diagnosis, medicines optimisations, community acquired pneumonia and pulmonary rehabilitation – adapted to the Covid-19 environment for remote monitoring and care closer to home.
4. Target interventions in areas of high deprivation, lower socioeconomic groups and those with complex health needs, with an aim to reduce health inequalities
Key questions we wanted to find out were:
Size – Each region operates slightly differently, across 7 NHS England regions there will be 13 networks.
Leadership – Each region is responsible for appointing a network clinical lead, network manager and admin support (and have been centrally funded for this).
Who are the reginal leads? – This will be confirmed in the next few weeks as the regions appoint the leads.
Any opportunities to be involved and contact information – The Clinical Policy Unit has invested in the networks, so contact [email protected] in the first instance as this sits under the national respiratory programme. It would be good to link with your regional NHS England team if you wanted to work with the networks.
These are exciting times for respiratory and ARNS are working hard to portray the respiratory nursing voice.