Primary Care Support

The iHARP clinic takes 30 minutes per patient to complete and covers a comprehensive asthma review by one of our respiratory specialist nurses including:

  • Patient symptoms
  • Therapy concordance
  • Side-effects, disease impact etc.
  • Peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR)
  • Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) assessment for airway inflammation
  • Basic Spirometry (FEV1, FVC measurements)
  • Inhaler technique assessment (nurse observed)
  • Inhaler technique assessment (technology recorded)
  • Inhaler technique training for patients on their current inhalers

To take advantage of this free service, all that is needed is the provision of a clinic room and booking of patients into clinics on the agreed dates. The OPC service team will deliver:

  • Computerised identification of potentially eligible patients from practice clinical systems in accordance with NHS information governance
  • Secure NHS-approved mailing of eligible patients to invite them into the clinics
  • Provision of a dedicated Service Coordinator to support the practice with phoning and booking patient clinic appointments
  • Provision of a specialist respiratory nurse to conduct the review clinics
  • Provision of all clinic materials and equipment
  • Clinical data entries inputted into your clinical system e.g. asthma templates for QoF target achievements
  • Identification of high risk patients and therapy recommendations

Funding for the free provision of this service is made possible through the conduct of ethically approved research from the anonymised data (OPCRD) gathered. We receive funding support from Research in Real-Life (RiRL) through research conducted using data from the OPCRD. Due to this limited funding, clinics are offered on a first-come, first-served basis when funds are secured as and when we secure funding.