Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have become narrowed.

See: British Lung Foundation COPD

Surrey Prescribing Advisory Database (PAD)

The PAD is an innovative resource which can be accessed by healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care and by patients. The PAD provides guidance and key information on medicines use within Surrey.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (All NICE products)

NICE impact respiratory conditions (2020) (Highlights progress made by the health and care system in implementing NICE guidance on respiratory conditions. Includes: Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD))

NG114 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (acute exacerbation): antimicrobial prescribing (2018)

NG115 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in over 16s: diagnosis and management (2019)

NG168 COVID-19 rapid guideline: community-based care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (2020)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (2021)

NHS RightCare Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Pathway

BMJ Best Practice 

Point of care tool. Requires an NHS OpenAthens account for access - self-register here

Acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Last update May 2021)

Guidelines Managing malnutrition in COPD (Last updated Jan 2020)

Scottish Government

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): best practice guide (2017)

University Modules

Rotherham Respiratory (15 hours / £360) This professional education module aims to give students an understanding of the foundations of COPD care.

Principles of COPD for Professional Practice Short Course L5/Enhancing COPD Care in Professional Practice Short Course L6 Multi-professional COPD for Professional Practice Short Course is accredited by the University of Hertfordshire.

New Bucks University:

Brighton University:


RCGP Learning Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

e-LfH COPD (from NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries)

NHSX Respiratory digital playbook (How to use digital ways of working to improve outcomes for patients)

Includes: Respiratory pathway

Primary Care respiratory Academy – 1 hour (sign up to website) This case-based module will guide you through the latest evidence in managing comorbidities in COPD.

Primary Care Training Centre- Asthma & COPD for HCAs

RCNI learning (sign up to access)

Please contact the Training Hub if you would like to discuss funding options

Respiratory forums / Action Learning Sets for your area -Please see the Surrey Training Hub training calendar for dates in your area

Click here to see our Webinars on demand page (respiratory)

Outreach Library Service can identify, collate, and summarise evidence for you, to inform your clinical practice, patient pathways and professional development.

Patient Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

British Lung Foundation COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

NHS Overview - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

NHS Your COVID Recovery - Respiratory

Public Health England

The 2nd Atlas of variation in risk factors and healthcare for respiratory disease in England, 2019

Public Health Profiles - COPD

Respiratory disease: applying All Our Health (2019)

Respiratory Futures

Interactive Map

Additional Resources

NHS Digital Compendium – Mortality from respiratory disease (July 2021)

UK National Screening Committee Adult screening programme - COPD

Primary Care Respiratory Society Consensus guide to managing COPD (2020)