Why it matters: The NHS has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 51% by 2025 to meet the target in the Climate Change Act, including a shift to dry powdered inhalers (DPI) to deliver a reduction of 4%. DPIs and other newer types of inhalers like soft mist inhalers are less harmful to the environment than traditional metered dose inhalers (MDIs) and the NHS long term plan supports the use of these inhalers where it is clinically appropriate. NICE has produced a inhaler decision aid to facilitiate discussion about inhaler options.
You can read more about this measure on our blog, including the rationale for excluding salbutamol.
Description: MDIs prescribed as a proportion of all inhalers in BNF Chapter 3, excluding salbutamol
CCGs are ordered by mean percentile over the past six months. Each chart shows the results for the individual CCG, plus deciles across all CCGs in the NHS in England.