Noel Baxter is an NHS GP in Southwark, London. He is the respiratory champion there, providing peer support to primary care colleagues and working with specialist respiratory colleagues within a population-based integrated respiratory service. He is the Clinical Director for Quality at NHS Southwark CCG.
He is the Chair of PCRS, leads the primary care workstream of the RCP National COPD Audit for England and Wales, and was a member of the recent NICE Clinical Guideline Group for Asthma Management. He is a Clinical Advisor to the British Lung Foundation. He was Co-Lead of the London Respiratory Strategic Clinical Network from 2010 until its end in September 2016, and the London Clinical Senate ‘Helping smokers quit’ delivery team programme, which was completed in August 2016.
Vikki Knowles is a Respiratory Nurse Specialist with 26 years’ experience across primary and secondary care. She is currently employed by Guildford and Waverley CCG as a Respiratory Nurse Consultant, leading on respiratory projects reviewing management of patients with respiratory disease to ensure that this is in line with current best practice. She is a member of the Executive Board of PCRS and is a member of the Service Development Committee.
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 due to be published this year. She was a member of the group looking at management of end-stage respiratory disease within the Department of Health Outcomes Strategy for COPD and contributed to the development of a good practice guide for asthma, through her role on the asthma advisory group between 2009 and 2013.
Val Gerrard has worked as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in general practice for 10 years and found her passion for respiratory medicine during this time. She specialises in all aspects of respiratory care, including diagnostics and the management of patients with severe or difficult-to-manage asthma and COPD. She has worked on respiratory projects within her CCG and is one of the clinical team for the North Norfolk Community Respiratory Service.
She also plays an active role within PCRS and serves on the Executive Committee, as well as the Education Committee and the Conference Organising Committee. Closer to home, she is co-chair for the Norfolk Respiratory Interest Group which integrates secondary, community and primary care clinicians to provide education across the county. She is also an associate tutor for the University of East Anglia.
Stephen Gaduzo was born in Gibraltar and came to England at the age of 13. He attended university in St Andrews, followed by Manchester, where he remained. He developed an interest in respiratory medicine early in his career as a hospital junior doctor. He has been a GP in Cheadle, Stockport, since 1989, and respiratory lead for the practice since then.
He joined PCRS in the 1990s and for several years was part of the PCRS Conference Organising Committee. He is a respiratory GPSI in Stockport and was closely involved in developing their community multi-disciplinary team, which provides pulmonary rehabilitation, early supported discharge, home oxygen service assessment and review, etc. Between 2010 and 2013, he was one of the respiratory leads for North West England. He joined the PCRS Executive Committee in 2012 and was elected Executive Chair from 2013 to 2016. He has been part of the Respiratory Leader’s programme from its inception and currently co-chairs the Respiratory Leader’s programme board.
Katherine Hickman qualified from Leeds University in 2000. She originally did a Medicine Rotation acquiring her MRCP before settling into general practice. Since qualifying, she has worked as a GP Partner and is now enjoying life as a salaried and out-of-hours GP.
Over the years, Katherine has developed a keen interest in respiratory medicine and is Respiratory Lead for Leeds North CCG and is also currently heading the Bradford Breathing Better programme. She has worked extensively with PCRS. She is keen to improve the standards of respiratory care across Leeds and Bradford after completing a COPD Leadership Programme with the Leeds Institute for Quality Healthcare.
Anne Rodman is an advanced nurse practitioner now working as a freelance respiratory nurse specialist. She has a postgraduate diploma in Respiratory Care from Education for Health, and now mainly works as a national trainer for them, training and marking in asthma, COPD and spirometry, as well as running workshops.
Until two years ago, she worked for 10 years in a general practice that gained the PCRS Quality Award. She currently works clinically 5–6 days per month, running a respiratory clinic in a general practice in the Midlands, delivering interventions for COPD patients as a facilitator for the TANDEM COPD research study. She is the Co-Chair of PCRS Organising Committee, is on the editorial board of the Primary Care Respiratory Update publication and also writes for various nursing journals.
Deirdre Siddaway is a Respiratory Nurse Specialist at The Ixworth Surgery, Suffolk. She is passionate about providing evidence-based care for people with respiratory conditions and is a non-medical prescriber. She is experienced in providing respiratory training for healthcare professionals in Suffolk and around the country, working for individual practices, charities and pharmaceutical companies.
A committee member with the Suffolk Respiratory Group (who are affiliated to PCRS), she is committed to providing respiratory training to raise the quality of care for people with respiratory conditions. She is also on the PCRS Respiratory Leaders Programme Board, which offers a rolling three-year programme of workshops to help give healthcare professionals the tools, knowledge and skills to drive improvements for patients with respiratory disease.
Iain Small is a General Practitioner in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. He is Clinical Lead for Grampian Managed Clinical Network for COPD, is a trainer for Education for Health and Honorary Lecturer at the Department of General Practice, University of Aberdeen. He has a career long interest in Respiratory Medicine and has presented and published widely on the subjects of asthma, COPD and allergy.
He is the Chair of the National Advisory Group (Respiratory) of the Scottish Government and serves on the Executive of PCRS. He is a former PCRS Chair and is Editor of the Primary Care Respiratory Update publication. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen.
Duncan Keeley is Policy Lead on the Executive Committee of PCRS. He has special interests in respiratory medicine and medical education. He now works as a portfolio GP and GP appraiser after 24 years as a GP principal at the Rycote Practice in Thame, Oxfordshire. He is an honorary tutor in general practice at the Department of Primary Care, University of Oxford. He was a GP Trainer from 1995–2013.
He studied medicine at Cambridge University and The London Hospital. He trained in general medicine and paediatrics in London and then spent three years working as a paediatrician at Harare Central and Chitungwiza hospitals in Zimbabwe before entering general practice. He was an editorial adviser for the British Medical Journal from 1991–2001. He was a member of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2007–2013.
Mukesh Singh is a GP Principal, GPwSI and Respiratory Commissioning Lead for Staffordshire STP, which cares for 1.1 million people. He has a special interest in obstructive lung disease, particularly COPD and how patients should be cared for across the primary/community/secondary care interface. In 2012, he redesigned and developed consultant-led community respiratory clinics. This project, supported by a multidisciplinary team, resulted in a reduction in COPD-related hospital admissions by up to 33%. He has also led local redesigning of community respiratory pathways on asthma, pneumonia, COPD and related formularies. He chairs Staffordshire Respiratory Leaders Network and is working towards integrating primary, community and secondary care services to improve the quality of care delivery to patients with respiratory illnesses in Staffordshire.
He has been actively involved for over 20 years in the research and management of respiratory illnesses at both secondary and primary care levels. He thoroughly enjoys his presentations of practice-based research on asthma and COPD at national and international conferences. He is also a PCRS education committee member. He is keen to improve the awareness of respiratory illnesses among the primary care healthcare professionals.
He is also involved with general practice teaching and training of GP registrars for West Midlands Deanery, and medical students from Keele University Medical School.
Debbie Roots is a cardiorespiratory nurse consultant with more than 18 years of respiratory experience in both secondary and community services.
She currently leads an integrated team of respiratory and heart failure nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and healthcare support workers for patients in City and Hackney, London.
She sits on the PCRS education and service development committees and is co-chair of the London Clinical Oxygen Service. She is also a Queen’s Nurse.
Debbie is passionate about providing excellent care and ensuring services are fit for purpose. Respiratory care is often a ‘Cinderella’ service and we need to ensure that our patients get the best care and support to live with their condition.
Ren Lawlor is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and independent prescriber in south London. She currently works as a senior lecturer in nursing and paramedic science at the University of Greenwich, leading on the advanced assessment and general practice modules. Ren is a member of the education committee for PCRS.
Dr Azhar Saleem is a London GP with an interest in respiratory medicine. He is respiratory lead at Lambeth CCG and a member of the Integrated Respiratory Team for Lambeth and Southwark. He is Clinical Lead for the RightBreathe inhaler resource and co-lead of the Southeast London Responsible Respiratory Prescribing group.
Melissa Canavan started as a nurse cadet in 2000 and discovered her love for respiratory nursing. She finally qualified as nurse in 2008 after taking time out to travel and have two children. She began her career in the A&E department at St James’ Hospital, Leeds, and left in 2009 to become a practice nurse at Leeds’ Lincoln Green Medical Centre.
After attending a PCRS respiratory leaders event in 2013 Melissa co-founded Leeds Respiratory Network with a colleague. This led to the development of a new social enterprise called Respiratory Care Solutions (RCS) of which she is now a company director.
Melissa is passionate about leadership, education and quality improvement. In 2015, she completed the NHS leadership Academy frontline programme and joined the PCRS Respiratory Leaders Management Team. In September 2016 Melissa left her job as a practice nurse to work at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust as a respiratory nurse specialist on a 12-month contract. At the end of 2017 RCS obtained a contract with a collaboration of GPs to standardise respiratory care and reduce variation between eight GP practices. Melissa now works full time as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist for the social enterprise.
Kevin was educated at Manchester Grammar School and University College, Oxford. He is a GP principal in Box Wiltshire, ex–education lead of PCRS and is currently joint clinical policy lead of the group.
He has published research in asthma and COPD and is the respiratory lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners.
He was a member of the 2010 NICE COPD Guidelines Group and expert adviser to the NICE 2018 Asthma Management Guidelines group. He is a steering Committee member of the ongoing National COPD/Asthma audit and a member of the BTS Bronchiectasis Guidelines Committee.
He is also a GP with Special Interest in sports medicine, and once worked as a medical officer for Bath Rugby Club.
Laura Rush is a Practice Nurse with a specialist interest in respiratory care. A large part of her clinical role in primary care involves the diagnosis and management of patients with respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD.
Laura sits on the PCRS Education Committee and was a contributor to the PCRS Fit to Care document, which acts as guidance to the skills, knowledge and training required by healthcare professionals working with patients who have a respiratory condition. She has been a part of various steering committees, most recently for an acute asthma online resource aimed at practice nurses.
Laura’s passion for improving care for respiratory patients, including early diagnosis and appropriate management, prompted her to share her knowledge and enthusiasm through a role in teaching and training to motivate and inspire other healthcare professionals to deliver optimum care. She also has her own training business through which she has set up a local respiratory interest group in Somerset that meets at least four times a year. More recently, she has become a trainer for Education for Health.
Morag Reilly trained in Aberdeen and qualified as a registered nurse in 1984. She has worked as a specialist primary care respiratory nurse in Aberdeen city for 18 years and is a qualified independent nurse prescriber. Her passion for respiratory nursing started while she was working as a practice nurse in 1993 and studying for her first respiratory diploma.
Morag’s role involves working with nursing, medical and other professional staff from both primary and secondary care to help develop and deliver high-quality respiratory services in her local health and social care partnership. Spirometry, inhalers and inhaler technique are particular areas of interest for her – as is patient-centred care. She is part of the Grampian Respiratory Improvement Plan team and a founder member of Grampian Respiratory Managed Clinician Network.