SENTINEL Improvement Project – Appropriate use of Maintenance and Reliever Therapy (MART)

A brief overview:

SENTINEL is a quality improvement project that aims to implement and promote the appropriate use of Maintenance and Reliever Therapy (MART) across Hull and East Yorkshire in accordance with the local asthma guidelines.

Supporting patients through Asthma therapy/inhaler device change, and promoting understanding of the medication regime is essential to ensure effective asthma control and optimal outcomes for patients.

Further details of the SENTINEL project are available in the following 3 Articles.


Asthma is a condition included in the NHS New Medicines Service: Provision of the New Medicines service to patients who have been reviewed by the Interface Clinical Services pharmacist, and have had their asthma treatment regime changed through the SENTINEL initiative is vital.

The Interface Clinical Services team are helping community pharmacies to identify asthma patients who have undergone a review and therapy change,  by including the following wording on the right-hand side of prescriptions.

‘This is a new inhaler for this patient, please offer the NMS to the patient on collection’

Details of Asthmas medications included in the New Medicines Service can be viewed here:  New Medicine Service (NMS) – Drug Lists | NHSBSA


Humber LPC hosted an event on 22 September 2021, which highlighted the SENTINEL project and the New Medicines service.

Slide decks from this event are available below:

Humber LPC Sentinel Event 22.9.21 Slide Deck – PDF