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.
Ruth Thomas is a respiratory nurse in Milton Keynes, dividing her time between practice nursing, lead for community pulmonary rehabilitation and as a nurse specialist in a primary care outpatient respiratory service. She runs a local respiratory interest group affiliated to PCRS-UK and has also developed training on behalf of the International primary Care Respiratory Group as well as Education for Health. She is on the editorial board for the PCRU journal as well as having a voluntary role as BLF nurse.
Ruth has been involved in many local respiratory projects and is passionate about patients receiving an accurate diagnosis, evidence –based education and management and loves her job so much in pulmonary rehabilitation she is now a qualified level 2 fitness instructor. Another interest is functional breathing, and is a Buteyko Breathing Practitioner as well as being on the committee for the Buteyko Breathing Association.
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.
Oonagh is a highly experienced nurse practitioner, independent / supplementary prescriber. She works in general practice supporting patients with a range of complex and long term conditions. She is passionate about patient empowerment, education and patients being equal participants in their care management. As a training practice she has an enthusiasm to support learners and student nurses through mentorship. In addition to her clinical caseload she continues working as a freelance regional trainer for Education for Health.
She has served as an elected member of the PCRS Executive Committee and sat on the Service Development Committee. Currently she sits on both the Educational Committee and Tobacco Dependency Group campaigning to establish tobacco dependency as a long-term relapsing condition.
She co-founded and chairs her local multidisciplinary respiratory group on the Fylde Coast which is affiliated with PCRS, supporting education for healthcare professionals giving them a voice in developing respiratory care pathways to optimise patient outcomes and transformational change.
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.
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.
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 Vincent Mak is a Consultant in Respiratory Integrated Care at Imperial College Healthcare Trust. He was a Consultant in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Director for Emergency Services for North West London Hospitals Trust from 1994 to 2013. He was also the Clinical Director of the Outer NWL Integrated Care Program, and then the Whole Systems Integrated Care. He was a core member of the NHS London Respiratory Team and Clinical Network from 2010-2016.
He has recently been appointed as the Clinical Director for the NHS London Respiratory Clinical Network to implement the NHS Long Term Plan across London. He also chairs the NHS London Procurement Partnership Responsible Respiratory Prescribing and Value in Healthcare workstream. He is the NW London Regional Advisor for the Royal College of Physicians and is a member of the Primary Care Respiratory Society Executive Committee.
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.
Dr Luke Daines is a GP and CSO Academic Clinical Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, currently working toward a PhD centred on the diagnosis of asthma in primary care. Luke serves on the BTS/SIGN asthma guideline development group, the UK national asthma audit steering group, PCRS policy group and primary care respiratory update editorial board. He teaches on Edinburgh University’s undergraduate medical curriculum and works at Craiglockhart Medical Group in Edinburgh.
Dominika Froehlich-Jeziorek is a clinical pharmacist from North West England.
She is an independent prescriber, a lead for asthma and COPD in the practice, and runs clinics for complex polypharmacy and chronic pain patients. She has extensive experience working at a community pharmacy and CCG level around medicines optimisation agenda. Over the years, she has acquired a very good understanding of the changing nature of general practice and the challenges it faces by working in practices of various sizes across Lancashire and Merseyside.
She is passionate about clinical education and is working within the pharmaceutical industry to develop and deliver high-quality and accessible training for primary care professionals. Her main mission is to improve outcomes for patients through the joint working at the neighbourhood level and the development of integrated services.