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Re-designing Respiratory Digital Clinical Pathways

During the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond

Although the virus has been devastating for so many, it has also accelerated development and adoption of technology across many areas of the healthcare system. It has also highlighted challenges and opportunities as we move into a post-pandemic world.

Treatment for patients with lung disease costs the NHS £11 billion annually and with the increased spotlight on respiratory care due to the impact of COVID-19, looking for new ways to embed digital clinical pathways to care for patients with respiratory disease has taken on a new importance.

In this insightful webinar, respiratory nurse specialist Vikki Knowles, will delve deeper into the successes, challenges and barriers faced by Professor Sudip Ghosh, Associate Medical Director, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Dr Noel O’Kelly, Clinical Director, Spirit Digital when embedding technology in respiratory clinical pathways. They will share their experiences of being at the forefront of remote healthcare delivery in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.


Professor Sudip Ghosh

Sudip Ghosh is a practising GP and retired consultant cardiologist in the UK; working in Leicestershire. He is also currently the Associate Medical Director of Community Health Services for Leicestershire Partnership Trust. He is a Professor of Medicine and Education at the Leicester School of Allied Health Sciences, UK. His research passion is within chronic disease service development, and to date, he has authored over 80 research and conference publications.

Dr Noel O’Kelly

Dr Noel O’Kelly is a retired GP, after joining Spilsby Surgery in 1990. He has an interest in long term conditions, and in particular a special interest in respiratory medicine for which he has won awards at national level. Noel was seconded to Leicester Partnership NHS Trust, Community Services Health Division, for one day per week where he acted as a clinical director.


Vikki Knowles

Vikki Knowles is a respiratory nurse specialist with 30 years’ experience across primary and secondary care. She has just left Guildford and Waverley CCG where she was the respiratory nurse consultant, leading on respiratory projects reviewing management of patients with respiratory disease to ensure that this was in line with current best practice. Vikki is now working as an independent respiratory nurse consultant and with Respiricare Ltd providing respiratory education across KSS. Vikki was a member of the executive board of PCRS for three terms and is currently a member of the education and policy development committees. She represented primary care interests in the development of the British Thoracic Society Home Oxygen Guidelines, which were published in 2015, and contributed to the Home Oxygen Quality Standards which followed this. She is currently contributing to the flexible working group with Clinical Policy England. 

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