Respiratory for healthcare professionals

The NHS Long Term Plan set outs the ambitions for the NHS over the next 10 years, identifying respiratory disease as a clinical priority. It outlines out how we will be targeting investment to improve treatment and support for people with respiratory disease, with an ambition to transform our outcomes to equal, or better, our international counterparts.

Asthma: for healthcare professionals

COPD: for healthcare professionals

Patient information


Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.

It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.

There's currently no cure, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control.

You can read more on the NHS website.

One of the best ways to look after your asthma is to use an Adult or Children's Asthma Action Plan.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties which include emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs) and chronic bronchitis (long-term inflammation of the airways).

COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. Many people don't realise they have it. The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time.

You can read more about COPD on the NHS website.


See also

Humber Coast and Vale Partnership: support for patients to stay healthy and live well with a long-term condition - Respiratory Diseases (Asthma and COPD)