The ICST Respiratory Toolkit

A Product Summary


Patient apps


Clinical Guidelines


Hours of CPD (per HCP)


Certificates/ competencies


User access (patient and HCP)


Implementation expertise

Components of the toolkit:

Self-management apps for patients living with asthma and COPD

Supporting patients in the everyday management of their condition, providing a digital personalised asthma and COPD action plan

A wraparound toolkit for all healthcare professionals

An award winning platform for frontline teams, aligning local and national policy with a range of freely accessible, digital innovations, including guidelines, education, competencies and QI

A data dashboard for Commissioners

Allowing commissioners to see real-time data about the uptake and engagement of the programme within their locality, and helping to inform service provision

Aims of the toolkit:

Everyone focusing on doing the simple, high-value things in healthcare, to dramatically improve health outcomes
The Respiratory Toolkit identifies some of the most impactful changes to asthma and COPD management, and then delivers them using consistent, clear messaging…
A real-world compliant toolkit, improving engagement and removing barriers
Simple, pragmatic changes in a complex system, are much easier to implement, than complex changes that are far removed from normal practice.
Promoting best practice; it doesn’t re-invent respiratory medicine
Variation in respiratory medicine is evident in the NACAP audit, the Annual Reviews of Asthma Deaths and highlighted by patient advocate groups such as Asthma & Lung UK – the Respiratory Toolkit simply promotes best practice, and communicates it in a way that is easy and applicable to practice. A one page clinical guideline, rather than a 50-page guideline.
The toolkit is co-produced with policy makers and clinical experts from within stakeholder groups
The Respiratory Toolkit is co-produced with policy makers and clinical experts from within stakeholder groups, including NACAP, PCRS, NHS Wales and NHS England, to ensure that the toolkit is fully aligned with the system.

Outcomes of the toolkit:

The functionality and content of this toolkit have been designed to deliver to a lot of the major outcomes required by Respiratory services (including NICE Quality Indictors and NHS Respiratory Project Funding criteria), and these benefits have been outlined below:
Improve the diagnostic accuracy of Asthma and COPD
Discuss and agree a personalised action plan
Provide access to an emergency plan
Access to digital care plans for other health and care settings (e.g. schools, care homes, 111, U&EC)
Regular monitoring of disease control
Appropriate referral to a specialist services
Optimising patient care according to the highest-value interventions
Reduced inhaler spending through correct inhaler prescribing
Reduction in demand on frontline services
Improved patient experience with more convenient access to advice, diagnosis and treatment
Patient being supported through digital technologies to manage their condition at home
Track medication usage and set medication reminders
Optimising care and better therapeutic management
Improved clinical outcomes
Increased access to data
Time savings for clinical staff
Reduction in the volume of primary care and secondary care attendances resulting in patient travel miles saved
Reduction in carbon emissions (CO2)
Contribute to the objectives outlined in ‘Delivering a Net Zero National Health Service’
Delivering co-production
Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) compliant
Endorsed by:

To see the success of this toolkit across a nation, check out the NHS Wales Respiratory Toolkit study page