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Inspiring best practice in respiratory care


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Inspiring Local Respiratory Groups

Thinking of setting up a local respiratory group? We're here to help

At times, working in primary care can feel quite lonely and isolating. With the ever-present pressure from additional bureaucracy as well as demands to see more and more patients, many of whom have complex medical problems, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up to date or take time to enjoy our jobs.

That’s where PCRS affiliated local groups come in. They offer a lifeline for nurses and other healthcare professionals enabling them to stay in touch, network with colleagues, learn about clinical issues, share best practice and, moreover, offer a welcome chance for some fun and camaraderie.

Local groups offer a great opportunity to share topical information in a comfortable, supportive environment where participants can learn and share experiences. You don’t have to be an expert in respiratory medicine to start a group, nor a senior member of the healthcare team. All you need is a passion for delivering the best possible care for your patients and a desire to support your colleagues. You can always enlist the help of a friend or two, which will make the idea less daunting and more fun and of course PCRS is here to help.

Get inspired

Be inspired by the stories of how other busy healthcare professionals have set up local groups and how it has supported colleagues and professional development (previously published in the Primary Care Respiratory Update).

Materials to share with your teams

Education Session

Armed with the Primary Care Respiratory Update (PCRU) you can develop a short evening educational programme themed around the key articles. Get your local community respiratory teams and secondary care colleagues involved to help ensure you are able to deliver an integrated local service.

Affiliated Group Resources

Tackling “Its just a bit of asthma,” treating the diagnosis seriously and making sense of how to stop people dying from it Asthma Guidelines in Practice – A PCRS Consensus was commissioned to provide clarity on aspects of diagnosis, management and monitoring of asthma that are uncertain due to differences between current national guidelines.   Download Read our Briefing Paper
In this article for Primary Care Respiratory Update, Jackie Dale describes how her inadvertent attendance at a PCRS affiliated group leaders meeting led to the formation of the South Yorkshire Respiratory Group and successful meetings and events.
In this article for the Spring 2019 issue of Primary Care Respiratory Update we provide an updated summary of PCRS advice on spirometry, it's use in primary care and how to get trained and certified in performing and/or interpreting the tests.  Visit our webpages on spriometry for more information and resources.
Key Knowledge, Skills and Training for Clinicians Providing Respiratory Care People living with respiratory disease require a significant amount of support, guidance and intervention to manage their condition effectively. These interventions should be delivered by clinicians with an appropriate level of expertise in this field. There is currently variation in the standard of respiratory care provided to patients, demonstrated by national reports such as the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD)1 and the COPD Audit.2 This variation is affected not only by the services patients are engaged with/referred to but also the level of training, education and experience of the clinicians responsible for the provision of such care.  Download Fit to Care   We recognise that, although there are respiratory specialists working within the UK who have taken a clear focus on respiratory disease, there is a wider community of practitioners who work as generalists but are still heavily involved in the day-to-day management of this patient group. The aim of this document is to provide guidance for commissioners and clinicians to the skills, knowledge and training required by healthcare professionals working with patients with a respiratory condition in a primary or community care setting. 1. Royal College of Physicians. Why asthma still kills: the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) Confidential Enquiry report. London: Royal College of Physicians, 2014.  http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/sites/pcrs-uk.org/files/whyasthma-still-kills-full-report.pdf. 2. Royal College of Physicians. COPD: Who cares when it matters most?’ National COPD Audit Programme: Outcomes from the clinical audit of COPD exacerbations admitted to acute units in England, 2014. London: Royal College of Physicians, 2017. https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/copd-who-cares-when-it-mattersmost-outcomes-report-2014
The governing bodies of most healthcare professional groups require healthcare professionals to record continuing professional development (CPD) and be able to provide detailed records to submit as part of the revalidation/accreditation process for the relevant profession. Many of the governing bodies include the need to demonstrate different types of development and learning including reflective practice. Each governing body describes reflective practice differently but the principles of reflection are the same; for healthcare professionals to be self aware and critically evaluate their own responses to practice situations. The aim is to critically review one’s own responses to the way things are done and the care that is delivered in order to gain new understanding and so improve future practice. This is part of the process of lifelong learning.  This short guide aims to demystify reflective practice and provide some simple tips on how to undertake it in the primary care setting.   
With an increasing workload and fewer staff, it has never been more important to find ways of supporting each other through PCRS-UK affiliated groups. In this article from the Spring 2017 issue of Primary Care Respiratory Update, Carol Stonham discusses the difficulties of working in today's environment and highlights the increasing role and importance of peers to support each other through local groups.
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PCRS is grateful to Atlantic Pharma and Circassia Pharmaceuticals plc for the provision of sponsorship through funding to support the activities of the Affiliated Group Leaders programme. The programme has been solely organised by PCRS.