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On Demand ARC Webinar: Asthma: making every contact count

In association with Sandoz, we are delighted to be hosting this webinar series on asthma care

In the third of our new series of insightful webinars, Laura Rush will discuss the importance of making every contact with a patient count.

Learning outcomes for this webinar will include;

  • The current asthma landscape/barriers to good control
  • The benefits of technology to support consultations & asthma management 
  • Supported self management including breathing techniques, physical activity, smoking cessation and personalised action plans


This non-promotional webinar has been sponsored by Sandoz who have had no editorial input into the presentation. At the end of the webinar, there will be a short promotional session from Sandoz.

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Speaker: Laura Rush

Laura is a respiratory specialist practice nurse and independent respiratory nurse specialist. A large part of her clinical role involves the diagnosis and management of complex patients with respiratory conditions with the aim of providing accurate and timely diagnosis, management in line with best practice and reducing referrals to secondary care.

Laura is a core member of the Asthma Right Care team and sat on the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS) Education Committee for 4 years.  She was a contributor to the PCRS Fit to Care document which acts as guidance as to the skills, knowledge and training required by healthcare professionals working with patients with a respiratory condition, something she is passionate about and would like to see standardised.  Laura has been part of the Primary Care Respiratory Academy speaker faculty since 2017 and has spoken at many conferences as well as being a part of various steering committees and advisory boards including the IMP²ART Advisory Group focusing on implementing supported self-management. 

Laura’s passion for improving care for respiratory patients including early diagnosis and appropriate management prompted her to share her knowledge and enthusiasm through an educational role to motivate and inspire other healthcare professionals to deliver optimum care.  She runs her own training company, LR Respiratory Training & Consultancy.

Chair: Deborah Leese

Deborah qualified as a pharmacist in 2000 with a first class degree.  She has had a varied career starting off in community pharmacy and moving on to regional and national training roles within Lloyds Pharmacy and then into primary care in 2009, holding clinical pharmacist roles for Sheffield PCT, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit and most recently for the Medicines Optimisation team at Sheffield CCG.  

In 2016 Deborah qualified as a pharmacist independent prescriber and during that training chose respiratory as her clinical area of interest.  She was appointed as respiratory lead for the Sheffield CCG Medicines Management Team in 2016.  Since then she has led on many pieces of respiratory work such as the development of the Sheffield asthma guideline and the Sheffield COPD inhaled corticosteroid withdrawal protocol.  She has also developed many initiatives for inhaler optimisation for the city.  

Deborah is a member of the PCRS Service Development Committee and Conference Organising Committee and is a core member of the Asthma Right Care team.  She has contributed to various PCRS documents including Asthma Guidelines in Practice – A PCRS consensus.  She has a passion for respiratory care and is focussed at putting the patient at the centre of care.

Outside of work Deborah likes to go to play hockey and run having run 3 full marathons including her favourite, the London marathon.  She also likes to spend time with her family and particularly enjoys travelling.

Sandoz, a division of the Novartis Group, has been in the respiratory market in the UK for the last 7 years. As part of their commitment to the respiratory therapy area, they continue to invest in improving asthma care by supporting education for healthcare professionals.