The PRSAS programme has been supported by a number of stakeholders who have been involved since the accreditation programme was in its pilot phase.


British Thoracic Society (BTS) 

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) is a registered charity and professional membership organisation. It has more than 3500 members who are doctors, nurses, respiratory physiotherapists, scientists and other professionals working in respiratory healthcare in all sectors- secondary care, community /integrated services and primary care.  Its objectives are to improve standards of care for people who have respiratory diseases and to support and develop those who provide that care. The BTS Quality Standards for pulmonary rehabilitation were taken into account when developing the standards for the PRSAS accreditation programme.

Asthma + Lung UK

Asthma + Lung UK are a  charity who aim to prevent lung disease by campaigning for positive change in the UK's lung health. Asthma + Lung UK supported the launch of the accreditation programme with a donation of £10,000.

NHS England

NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. They set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care. The need for investment in pulmonary rehabilitation services was identified by the NHS England Chief Scientific Officer and other key stakeholders in 2015 which led to the piloting of the accreditation programme. The pilot phase of the PRSAS programme was funded by NHS England and they continue to support the programme to date.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

The Royal College of General Practitioners are the professional membership body for GPs in the UK. Their purpose is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice. They support GPs through all stages of their career, from medical students considering general practice, through to training, qualified years and retirement.

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC)

The Association Of Chartered Physiotherapists In Respiratory Care is a national body of Physiotherapists interested in respiratory care, formed in November 1980, now with over 900 members. It is one of the larger clinical interest groups within the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

European Respiratory Society (ERS)

ERS is an international organisation that brings together physicians, healthcare professionals, scientists and other experts working in respiratory medicine. They are one of the leading medical organisations in the respiratory field, with a growing membership representing over 160 countries. Their mission is to promote lung health in order to alleviate suffering from disease and drive standards for respiratory medicine globally. Science, education and advocacy are at the core of everything we do.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

The CSP is a member-led organisation governed by an elected Council. They provide a wide range of member services and campaign on behalf of all physiotherapy staff and the physiotherapy profession. The CSP have published a number of articles about the accreditation programme in their membership magazine Frontline. The magazine is available to the public here.

The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS) 

The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS) was established in 1997 as a nursing forum to champion the specialty respiratory nursing community, promote excellence in practice, and influence respiratory health policy. ARNS also works to influence the direction of respiratory nursing care.

National Respiratory Audit Programme (NRAP) 

The National Respiratory Audit Programme (NRAP) for England, Scotland and Wales aims to improve the quality of care, services and clinical outcomes for patients with asthma (adult and paediatric) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Services who register with the PRSAS programme will be required to participate in the NRAP audit before achieving accreditation.


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