A pioneering project to improve the wellbeing of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is to be expanded across seven sites in the East and West Midlands.
The project, called ‘Making Waves’, aims to get people living with COPD more active and involved in the community.
COPD is a major health problem in the UK. It is the second most common reason for people to attend A&E and is responsible for one in 20 deaths. Its symptoms, which include breathlessness and coughing, can cause anxiety, low self-esteem and social isolation.
The expansion of the project is led by West Midlands Regional Respiratory Improvement Programme, which is hosted by South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and is in partnership with the British Lung Foundation and Coventry University.
The existing pilot project in Coventry, meets every week in a community setting for clinic/education sessions with social activities, such as bingo, quizzes, singing and yoga. A COPD consultant and nurse are available to answer questions, give self-management advice and see patients more formally. Voluntary sector groups also provide holistic support with a focus on self-care.
Dr Vije Rajput, Clinical Director at South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG, said: “The ‘Making Waves’ project is an innovative program that puts people living with COPD at the centre. The program involves sharing experiences in a safe, friendly, community environment, with the collaboration of professionals and community services. This approach has been shown to significantly increase people’s confidence to take control of their condition, feel more socially included, and increase their health and wellbeing.”