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Inspiring best practice in respiratory care


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PCRU Previous Editions

PCRU coverThe Primary Care Respiratory Update (PCRU) is packed with useful features, clinical updates, educational updates, respiratory news, summaries of respiratory-related policy news and also featuring summaries of npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine and other respiratory related journal articles, this jam-packed update has everything for clinicians working with patients with respiratory illnesses in a primary or community care setting.

Special Features

Regular Features

  • Supported self-management case history Vince Mak
  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
  • PCRS-UK News Round-Up
  • Journal Round-Up
  • Second opinion Your respiratory questions answered
  • Delivering Excellence Locally Making exercise for breathless people work Alex Woodward
  • PCRS-UK Respiratory Clinical Leadership Programme 10th Anniversary
  • Surviving and thriving in challenging times: Annual Affiliated Group Leaders meeting Fran Robinson
  • Selection of Best Practice Abstracts Submitted to the Primary Care Respiratory Conference 2017

Special Features

Regular Features

  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
  • Journal Round-Up
  • Second opinion Your respiratory questions answered
  • PCRS-UK News Round-Up
  • Delivering Excellence Locally Investing in you and your future: the Respiratory Leaders Programme Clare Cook, Stephen Gaduzo
  • Asthma skills updates are improving the safety and care of youngsters with asthma Fran Robinson, Rajat Srivastava
  • PCRS-UK Affiliated Groups Fran Robinson, Melissa Canavan
  • Update your clinical practice: excerpt of educational item from npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine

PCRU Diagnosis pull-out chart

In the Chair's Perspective feature of this edition of PCRU, Dr Noel Baxter discusses the importance of early and accurate diagnosis for respiratory conditions. Also featured is a centre-fold pull-out chart which provides useful and succinct advice for healthcare professionals on appropriate tools to support respiratory diagnosis in primary care.

Special Features

Regular Features

PCRU Special Pull-out Feature

Special Features

Regular Feature

  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
  • Getting the Basics Right A summary of PCRS-UK opinion sheets Iain Small, Basil Penny
  • Journal Round-Up
  • PCRS-UK News Round-Up
  • Second opinion Your respiratory questions answered
  • Delivering Excellence Locally The rewards and challenges of setting up an integrated community respiratory service Francesca Robinson, Daryl Freeman
  • Affiliated Group Leaders Workshop Francesca Robinson
  • Update your clinical practice: BTS/SIGN guideline - Summary individual diagnostic tests

Special Pull-out Feature

  • Managing Malnutrition in COPD

Special Features

Regular Feature

Special Pull-out Feature

  • Tobacco dependency is a long-term relapsing condition that usually starts in childhood

Special Features

  • Guest Editor’s Round-Up Anne Rodman
  • Chair's perspective: A reflection on my three years in office Stephen Gaduzo
  • Fit for the Future: a holistic approach to respiratory care Francesca Robinson
  • Self-management: Use of rescue medication for COPD Francesca Robinson, Sandy Walmsley

Regular Feature

Special Features

  • Guest Editor’s Round-Up Ruth Thomas
  • Chair's perspective: Implementing our new direction Stephen Gaduzo
  • Primary Care Respiratory Society launches PCRS-UK Respiratory Academy Francesca Robinson
  • Be trained to do the job you do: our campaign for better education Francesca Robinson
  • The new PCRS-UK Lay Reference Group Jane Scullion

Regular Feature

  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
    Getting the Basics Right Inhaler technique Tricia Bryant, Stephen Gaduzo, Stephanie Wolfe
    Service Development Noel Baxter
    Journal Round-Up
    PCRS-UK News Round-Up
    Second opinion Your respiratory questions answered
    Delivering Excellence Locally Educating the local multidisciplinary team: the Hull and East Riding Airway Focus Group Fran Robinson, Joanne Thompson
    Update your clinical practice: excerpt of educational item from npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine

Special Pull-out Feature

  • The building blocks of a good asthma or COPD review in adults

Special Features

  • Editor’s Round-Up Hilary Pinnock
  • Chair's perspective: A new direction for PCRS-UK Stephen Gaduzo
  • Inspiring, thought provoking and challenging: the PCRS-UK 2015 national conference Francesca Robinson

Regular Feature

  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
  • Getting the Basics Right Managing dilemmas in respiratory tract infections and antibiotics prescribing Fran Robinson, Kevin Gruffydd-Jones
  • Top Tips: Breathlessness Noel Baxter, Debbie Roots
  • Pulse oximeters to self-monitor oxygen saturation levels as part of a personalised asthma action plan for people with asthma Robin Carr
  • Journal Round-Up
  • PCRS-UK News Round-Up
  • Delivering Excellence Locally Scanning the horizon: How to get ahead of the game Fran Robinson
  • Enthusiastic new PCRS-UK affiliated group launches in North Shields Fran Robinson, Judith Lawrence
  • PCRS-UK leadership programme inspires two practice nurse entrepreneurs to aim high Fran Robinson
  • PCRS-UK Respiratory Leadership Programme 2016 Noel Baxter
  • Update your clinical practice: excerpt of educational item from npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine

Special Pull-out Feature

  • Home oxygen prescribing: An update

Special Features

  • Editor’s Round-Up Hilary Pinnock
  • Chair's perspective: The critical importance of diagnosis. Why we must get it right. Stephen Gaduzo
  • Nurses: Are you ready for revalidation? PCRS-UK is here to help. Francesca Robinson

Regular Feature

  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
  • Getting the Basics Right Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide testing Fran Robinson
  • Journal Round-Up
  • PCRS-UK News Round-Up
  • British Lung Foundation Professionals 
  • Delivering Excellence Locally 
    • Delivering Excellence Locally in West Yorkshire Fran Robinson, Dr Anuj Handa
    • Delivering Excellence Locally in the East of England Fran Robinson, Daryl Freeman
  • PCRS-UK Resources and Improvement Tools: Reviewing diagnosis
  • New respiratory leaders inspired by PCRS-UK leadership event
  • PCRS-UK Affiliated Group Leaders Meeting
  • Update your clinical practice: excerpt of educational item from npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine

Special Pull-out Feature

  • Your essential guide to spirometry

Special Features

  • Editor’s Round-Up Hilary Pinnock
  • Chair's perspective: Why it is important that we continually strive to provide the best respiratory care for our patients Stephen Gaduzo
  • Expand your horizons at the premier respiratory conference for primary care Francesca Robinson

Regular Features

  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
  • Getting the Basics Right Allergic rhinitis: A common problem, not to be sneezed at! Stephanie Wolfe
  • Journal Round-Up
  • PCRS-UK News Round-Up
  • Delivering Excellence Locally Practice Nurse is inspired to improve asthma care after reading NRAD report Francesca Robinson, Sarah Anderson
  • Improvement Tools National Review of Asthma Deaths – Have you taken appropriate steps to protecting your patients with asthma? Iain Small
  • NHS Medway and Swale CCG using Stepping Down Triple Therapy Practice Improvement Worksheet Tricia Bryant
  • Regional Leaders Workshops offer support and inspiration Francesca Robinson, Deirdre Siddaway, Carla Astles
  • PCRS-UK Affiliated Groups - A powerful tool for education and professional development, camaraderie and local support Carol Stonham, Tricia Bryant
  • Update your clinical practice: Practical approach to managing exercise-induced asthma in children and adults

Special Features

  • Editor’s Round-Up Hilary Pinnock
  • Chair's perspective: Lessons on preventing exacerbations from the National COPD Audit Stephen Gaduzo
  • New approaches to care which help to prevent exacerbations Francesca Robinson

Regular Features

  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
  • Journal Round-Up
  • PCRS-UK News Round-Up
  • Delivering Excellence Locally New respiratory network is sharing good practice in West Yorkshire Francesca Robinson, Anuj Handa
  • PCRS-UK Affiliated Local Nurse Groups form a lifeline for practice nurses in Oxfordshire Robin Carr
  • PCRS-UK Improvement tools in practice Simply EQUIPPed to Practice Scullion JE, Murphy AC, Jackson DP, Cooke J
  • East Kent Prescribing Group using PCRS-UK 'stepping down triple therapy' worksheet Tricia Bryant
  • Respiratory Leaders Programme Top tips for setting up a successful project Francesca Robinson
  • npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine: Celebrating a successful first 9 months Joe Bennett, Emma Hedington
  • Update your clinical practice: excerpt of educational item from npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine

Special Pull-Out Feature

  • Getting the Basics Right Your essential guide to the management of COPD

Special Features

  • Editor’s highlights Hilary Pinnock
  • Chair's perspective: Whose health is it anyway? Don’t forget about me: successful approaches to working with patients Stephen Gaduzo
  • Was our conference as patient centred as we hoped? Francesca Robinson

Regular Features

  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
  • Getting the Basics Right Supporting healthcare professionals to deliver patient-centred care Tricia Bryant
  • Journal Round-Up
  • PCRS-UK News Round-Up
  • Delivering Excellence Locally How to lead a successful project: Respiratory Leaders event Francesca Robinson, Noel Baxter
  • Working together locally: Group Leaders and Champions share good practice at networking workshop Francesca Robinson
  • Running an affiliated group: keeping the momentum going Francesca Robinson, Sally King
  • Get involved - Become a PCRS-UK Respiratory Champion
  • Practice Improvement PCRS-UK Practive Improvement Tools make it easier to achieve high standards of care Francesca Robinson, Anne Rodman
  • Baby steps.... family gains Planning on implementing practice improvement worksheets in your practice Deirdre Siddaway
  • Update your clinical practice: excerpt of educational item from npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
  • Welcome to this PCRS-UK inaugural edition of Primary Care Respiratory Update Hilary Pinnock
  • Chair's perspective: Why do people die from asthma – have we become complacent in primary care? Stephen Gaduzo
  • Policy Round-Up Bronwen Thompson
  • Getting the Basics Right Why Asthma Still Kills – Actions you can take now to help reduce asthma deaths Hilary Pinnock, Tricia Bryant
  • Journal Round-Up Paul Stephenson, Aziz Sheikh
  • PCRS-UK News Round-Up
  • Delivering Excellence Locally June Roberts , Steve Holmes, Sara Askew
  • Unlock, explore and achieve your leadership potential with the Respiratory Leaders Programme Noel Baxter, Sara Askew
  • Set up (or join) a local respiratory group and make a real difference in respiratory care in your area Sara Askew, Carol Stonham
  • PCRS-UK Quality Improvement Programmes: Equipping you to deliver excellence locally 
    • NEW … PCRS-UK Practice Improvement Worksheets Iain Small, Morag Reilly
    • NEW… Effecting Quality in Practice (EQUIP) Tricia Bryant, Anne Smith
  • PCRS-UK Quality Award – Get recognised for the difference you make in respiratory care 
  • Update your clinical practice: excerpt of educational item from npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine