Acting on its commitment to tackle respiratory diseases, the Department of Health has appointed Professor Sue Hill and Dr Robert Winter as joint National Clinical Directors for the Respiratory Programme.
Respiratory disease affects millions of people in England and is the second most common cause of death. Over six million people are affected by asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and both take a deadly toll each year. However, if diagnosed and treated early, the quality of life of people with these conditions can be vastly improved.
Health Minister Ann Keen said, “By appointing joint National Clinical Directors to oversee the development of a strategy we will ensure that clinical evidence and outcomes for patients are at the heart of our work to improve the quality of services to tackle respiratory disease.”
One of the first priorities for the duo would be to develop and implement a national strategy for COPD. Home oxygen services, sleep apnoea and asthma are other priority areas.
Helena Shovelton, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, welcomed the appointment.