Asthma is a common lung condition that can affect all ages, there is currently no cure. Asthma is included in QOF and it is important practices are recording activity for this purpose and for patient care. 

 

To make recording and searching for this information easier, Ardens has created various Asthma resources. The following support article will outline what is available. 


Asthma Clinical Template 

The Ardens Asthma template has been designed to standardise consultations, ensuring clinicians are following the same national guidelines and recording accurate coding of data.


To locate the Ardens Asthma Template, access the relevant patient record. Open a new consultation and select the Run Template option (if not in consultations, click on the Add button on the EMIS ribbon, followed by Data Using Template option).


This will open the Template Picker screen. If you have accessed any templates before, these will display to the right of the screen. Search for the template by typing “asthma” in the search box.


 


This will return the Asthma (Ardens) template (alternatively select the Ardens > Chronic disease templates folder to the right of the screen).


All of the Ardens Chronic Disease Templates following the latest NICE guidance and best practice information. They include a QOF page for capturing QOF requirements and Review pages to complete a structured review.


Any information displayed in red relates to payment purposes such as QOF, PCN DES or local payment. Please note - if the information is relevant for the current financial year you do not need to duplicate this information. 



The template also includes guidance on the initial diagnosis, referral, management guidelines and the patient resources page with access to the Asthma UK inhaler videos.


The Review and Recall page enables users to code they have completed a Asthma annual review or Interim review. For patients requiring an interim review (e.g. patient newly on a inhaler and you would like to check their progress), completing the ‘Asthma follow-up diary entry’ field and entering a future date, will trigger the Ardens Diary Recall System. For more information on the Diary Recall System please see our dedicated support article.


Please note – for patients presenting with multiple long term conditions, you may wish to use the Ardens Multi-Morbidity templates.


Ardens Asthma Searches

There are various searches that might be useful when monitoring asthma – these are the most relevant. 


To access the searches navigate to the Population Reporting module > Ardens Searches folder.


1.3 Ardens Main searches

The QOF related searches folder includes searches to identify patients that have not had the full elements of their review.


1.4 Ardens Clinical Safety searches

The Asthma and COPD safety searches folder includes searches to identify asthmatic or COPD patients who may need extra care and attention.

 

 

The first sub folder includes searches showing any asthmatic or COPD patient on any betablockers and those that are on just non cardio-selective betablockers

 

The second sub folder monitors exacerbations in asthmatic patients – searching for patient recently diagnosed, those asthmatic patients who have exacerbations in the last 12 months and those who show more than 1 exacerbation in a year.

 

The third folder looks at asthmatic patients who have had any Short-Acting Beta-Agonists in the last 12 months.

 

 

2.1 Ardens Risk stratification searches

NHSE recommend that certain long term conditions should be risk stratified during the COVID 19 pandemic, Asthma is included in this search suite.

 

The searches sort patients into risk levels and whether they have had a review or not in the last 12 months so that practices can concentrate on their more vulnerable patients.

 

5.0 Case finder searches

The Case Finder searches folder contains a suite of searches to support practices to improve data quality and ensure QOF payments are correctly calculated for your Asthma patients.  

 

The searches are reporting on patients that fulfil certain criteria which indicates the patient probably should be included in the Asthma QOF register, but are not recorded with the correct diagnostic code.

 

For further information on the Case Finder searches, please see the following support article.


Asthma Document Templates

There are documents that may be useful in the care of Asthmatic patients, particularly the SMART asthma action plan.


To access documents, click on Add > Document > Create Letter in the patient record. Select the magnify glass and search for the document using the search box provided or folder navigation pane (Ardens docs > Misc folder).


 



If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: 
support-emis@ardens.org.uk