Taskforce for Lung Health

Hosted and facilitated by the British Lung Foundation, the Taskforce for Lung Heath is supported by the RCR. The RCR and the British Society of Thoracic Imaging (BSTI) are proud to co-chair the Diagnosis Working Group of the Taskforce - Dr Sam Hare for the RCR and Dr Graham Robinson for BSTI. Given the pivotal role of imaging in accurate and early diagnosis of lung disease, this ongoing involvement means that we are in a unique position to help shape the future of respiratory health for the benefit of radiologists and patients alike. 

Shining a spotlight on the radiologist, the RCR and BSTI have produced a joint paper that explores Considerations to ensure optimum roll-out of targeted lung cancer screening over the next five years (PDF). With an imaging focus, the paper showcases potential strategies for overcoming obstacles with robust recommendations for effective national lung cancer screening roll-out over the medium term.

Background

A collaboration of organisations from across the UK that have come together to improve the nation’s lung health, the Taskforce’s National Five Year Plan for Lung Health (PDF) report has already enjoyed significant impact with many recommendations being formally taken up by the NHS Long Term Plan, where respiratory health is a key pillar. To ensure that the pieces are in place as much as possible for smooth implementation, the Taskforce has identified four work streams and mobilised expert working groups to drive them. They are:

  1. Diagnosis
  2. Medicines management
  3. Pulmonary rehabilitation
  4. Data tracking

The key recommendations from the Taskforce Five Plan being driven by the Diagnosis Working Group are to:

  1. Establish a new pathway with a diagnostic hub in every local health system to improve access to the right tests
  2. Collect data to establish a baseline for how long it takes people with respiratory symptoms to get a diagnosis and start treatment
  3. Set targets to speed up the process in line with current cancer diagnosis targets

To meet these objectives, the group is currently focussed on: refining a breathlessness Diagnostics Pathway; expanding existing datasets; and reviewing the role of community pharmacy.

For further information, or to get involved, please contact Policy@rcr.ac.uk