IMPRESS is a joint initiative between the two leading respiratory clinical societies in the UK: the British Thoracic Society and the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS)-UK.
"Providing the clinical leadership required to drive improvements in care across /beyond the traditional boundaries of primary care and secondary care  to achieve high quality integrated patient centred care for the population with or at risk of respiratory  disease." 

We offer

  • A ‘think tank’ to drive forward thinking on key issues related to integration / commissioning good value respiratory care  
  • Clinical leadership to support respiratory networks and individuals striving to confront unwarranted variation, drive quality improvements in respiratory care in their locality, and to turn national respiratory policies into meaningful services for patients
  • An open access repository for sharing best practice, information, data, advice and guidance on respiratory issues and quality improvement methods


February 2014

IMPRESS Breathlessness resources

Completed with a multi-specialty and multi-professional clinicial team and London School of Economics and Political Science Department of Management:

  • Blog Impressions
  • Introduction
  • Methodology, Scope, Definitions
  • Summary of prevalence of COPD, heart failure, anxiety, anaemia
  • Breathlessness IMPRESS Tips (BITs) for clinicians and interactive algorithm
  • Breathlessness IMPRESS Tips (BITs) for patients
  • Breathlessness IMPRESS Tips (BITs) for commissioners
  • Breathlessness IMPRESS Tips (BITs) for researchers

Go here


IMPRESS Awards and models of good practice

In addition to the entries on the quality and productivity and integration pages, these pages showcase award winners from the last five years, many of which are also examples of improved integration. They are categorised into:

  1. General respiratory services
  2. COPD
  3. Asthma
  4. Oxygen
  5. Sleep

For further examples of good practice see the relevant pages on the NHS Improvement website here.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 IMPRESS Awards

Category I - Improving quality
Winner: The role of the third sector influencing clinical practice in respiratory support MND Association?  -  download poster


Category II - Increasing high value services and reducing low value services
Winner: Increasing the value of COPD care in Islington using a Local Enhanced Service (LES) to improve COPD case finding and management - download poster


Category III - Integration across boundaries
Winner: COPD Rescue Packs: Why you should make them and how to do it. -  download poster



2009 IMPRESS Award winners - click here