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What does a remote COPD review involve?


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Digital technology is one of the 'areas of work' set out in the NHS long term plan1, but why should you care about remote reviews? Find out from Daniel Hughes, Head of Clinical Services at Interface Clinical Services on what the NHS long term plan means for how you conduct patient reviews.



When should you offer a remote review?


Before deciding how you review them, you'll want to identify which patients to review as there may be a number of factors which influence this. Once you have your list of patients ready, you might be wondering when a remote review may be appropriate. To do this, it may be useful to consult the flow chart developed by the GMC to help you apply their ethical guidance to manage patients risk and determine when to treat patients remotely2


So, what should you talk about?


There may be some differences in how you conduct review if doing so remotely. Watch the video by with Daniel Hughes Head of Clinical Services at Interface Clinical Services and Scott Sutton National Lead Pharmacist at Interface Clinical Services as they roleplay how they would conduct a remote COPD review.

 


Video from the Best Practice in Remote Consultations webinar

Effective COPD reviews can also happen remotely

It is possible to carry out many aspects of an effective COPD review over the phone or via a video. Though it may at times feel daunting to make treatment decisions remotely, the GMC gives guidance that will help you decide when this may be appropriate. If you feel ready to take on your next COPD review remotely, check out our article for some of the resources available to support your patients. 


References

1. The NHS Long Term Plan (2019). Accessed
20/04/2020 from
https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/publication/nhs-long-term-plan/

2. Remote consultations (2020) Accessed 06/07/2020
from
https://www.gmc-uk.org/ethical-guidance/ethical-hub/remote-consultations

NP-GB-RS-WCNT-200017 July 2020

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