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Living well with COPD


Update from the Innovate Healthier Together Programme.

The Innovate Healthier Together Programme is delighted to share an exciting and innovative project which launched on 25 January 2024 to better support people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at home and help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions during the busy winter months across Healthier Together, the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS).

Living Well with COPD provides people with specialist smartphone app myCOPD, and remote monitoring equipment for the most vulnerable, to help people with COPD take control of their health and provide support to patients closer to home and reduce hospital admissions. Specialist community health and care staff will also be able to intervene with at-home support, if required.

People with Cardiovascular disease (CVD) as well as COPD will also be able to access heart health support through the myHeart app.

The project will run for a total of six months, supporting around 9,000 people who will be invited to access support.

Innovate Healthier Together Programme Leads were able to provide dedicated resource to support NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB, Sirona care & health, North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Foundation Trust (UHBW), One Care and NHS England, together with technology partners Doccla and My mHealth, to develop this pilot.

The Innovate Healthier Together Programme remains committed to helping partners across the ICS achieve their strategic aims to tackle inequalities, prevent illness, treat people earlier and enable healthy behaviours.

Supporting this innovative cross-organisational approach aligns with ICS strategic aims and is a huge step towards improving health and wellbeing of populations in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Professor Sanjoy Shah, consultant in intensive care medicine at UHBW and deputy chief medical officer at NBT reflects:

“This is a great example of colleagues from across the health and care spectrum working together and integrating digital systems and clinical pathways to deliver the right care, at the right time for our patients at the point of need.”

The Innovate Healthier Together Programme is committed to exploring and showcasing opportunities to collaborate with partners across the system on developing innovative solutions which truly solve challenges faced.

If you are planning an innovative change project within Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, please get in touch with Innovate Healthier Together Programme Leads, we’d love to connect.