Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Pulmonary rehabilitation buddy scheme wins NICE’s Shared Learning Award

  • Comment
A buddy scheme run by North East Lincolnshire PCT for people with pulmonary disease was a joint winner of the NICE Shared Learning Award 2007.

The scheme used specially trained patient volunteers, who had attended a COPD rehabilitation programme, to work closely with new patients on the scheme, offering encouragement, advice and support.

Pamela Hancock, COPD clinical coordinator of North East Lincolnshire PCT, highlighted the importance of the buddy scheme in improving care. She identified that the programme has resulted in an improvement in the physical and emotional well-being of the 31 people who completed the course.

The group members’ mobility improved dramatically in endurance shuffle walking tests with average walking times increasing from three to 23 minutes. Hospital admissions fell from 24 to one day and A&E attendances from 35 to two visits. Patients also demonstrated a significant improvement in their quality of life.

The scheme was developed with patient groups in line with NICE guidance on COPD (NICE clinical guideline 16).

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs