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Date:7/28/2014

are very pleased to have the opportunity to evaluate this important initiative to improve care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It's a disease which affects a large number of people and we're hopeful that our research can have a significant impact on patients' lives in the future."

Dr Bernard Higgins, Chairman of the British Thoracic Society's Executive Committee, said: "The British Thoracic Society is delighted to support this important research project, building on our earlier work on care bundles for COPD. There is wide variation in measures of COPD care across the country, and we are confident that we can demonstrate an improvement in standards via the use of bundles, bringing every hospital up to the high standards that our patients with COPD deserve."

Dr James Calvert, a Consultant Respiratory Physician at North Bristol NHS Trust, will also be part of the research team. He said: "I am delighted that NIHR has supported this grant. Care bundles are designed to ensure that every patient receives the best care, in a timely manner, every time. They work by bringing together clinical teams to ensure that everyone is focussed on delivering the key elements of care that will provide greatest benefit. With NIHR's support we will be able to quantify and define the benefits of a 'bundles' approach for the NHS and to gain experience on how other organisations can organise care in a similar way."

The NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is hosting the research as part of its work to improve healthcare in the local area and ensure better management of long-term conditions.

Dr Peter Brindle, Research and Development Programme Director, said: "COPD is such an important condition in terms of the numbers of people it affects, the resources it requires to manage it, and the disability it causes individuals. This study will ensure that services for patients are devised using the very best research evidence
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Contact: Philippa Walker
philippa.walker@bristol.ac.uk
44-117-928-8086
University of Bristol
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