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Congratulations to the Winners of ARNS Awards 2019

Congratulations to the Winners of ARNS Awards 2019

The ARNS Annual Conference held in Newport last weekend was a great success.  We were delighted to celebrate our inspiration winners of the 2019 ARNS Awards, which were presented to by Jane Scullion

 Rosemarie McLalalad – Winner – Respiratory Rising Star 2019 

Angela Haley – Winner – Respiratory Nurse Leader 2019

Respiratory Team of the Year – Runner Up – West Hants Community Respiratory Team

Respiratory Team of the Year – Winners – George Eliot NHS Trust Respiratory Team

Respiratory Researcher of the Year 2019 – Winner – Karen Heslop-Marshall

Longstanding Contribution to Respiratory Nursing 2019 – Winner – Gail Miles


Congratulations to all the worthy winners!

Help direct research into COPD exacerbations 

Help direct research into COPD exacerbations 

Calling all healthcare professionals: Have your say on exacerbation research priorities by taking part in this survey:

It is part of a research study being led by Professor John Hurst at University of College London to identify the most important unanswered questions relating to exacerbation of COPD.

The first step is to conduct a national survey to identify the research priorities of patients, carers, clinicians and researchers. We need as many people from all over the country to help us fill in the survey. Although the survey is on the BLF website, , paper copies will be used to help that process by health care professionals.  WE WILL NEED YOU TO UPLOAD THESE ON PATIENTS/CARERS BEHALF.  Download paper copies here:  COPD_PSP_BLF Download Version

So are you:

  • a person with COPD
  • a family member of someone with or who had COPD
  • a carer of someone with or who had COPD
  • a healthcare professional or support worker working with people with COPD
Please help us and have your say. Think about your experiences of diagnosis, treatment and care and then complete our short survey using the link below. This should only take about 10 minutes at
NHS England Long Term Plan – Positive step forward for Respiratory

NHS England Long Term Plan – Positive step forward for Respiratory

Last week a Long Term Plan was published for the NHS in England.

This is a positive step forward in the right direction and ARNS welcomes the news that respiratory has been identified as one of the five disease priorities.

What is now required is action to deliver this plan in a timely and sustainable manner across the next ten years and beyond. The recruitment and retention of nurses and other Health Care Professionals will be essential to this and their ongoing CPD. There is a Workforce plan for England due later in 2019 and all eyes will be on how comprehensive and fit for purpose this is.

It will be essential that ARNS continues to work with other organisations as part of the Taskforce for Lung Health to support, influence and lobby as required.

Download the Plan here

The British Lung Foundation has a blog regarding the Long Term Plan which can be viewed here

ARNS Respiratory Awards 2019

ARNS Respiratory Awards 2019

Do you know of an individual or team deserving recognition for their outstanding contribution to
respiratory care? They might work in any sector involved with the delivery and or enhancement of
respiratory care, this would include the NHS, private or voluntary organisations or higher education.
What is important is that nominees go that extra mile to improve the lives of people who use
respiratory services, their carers and colleagues.

You can put your nominations forward for any of the four categories listed below.
Awards will be presented at a celebration evening at the ARNS annual conference on Friday 10th
May 2019.

The Categories

1. Respiratory Leader of the Year
2. Respiratory Rising Star
3. Respiratory Team of the Year
4. Respiratory Researcher of the Year

Full details of Awards and Nomination Forms can be downloaded here

Nominations can only be accepted if submitted using this form.

Ear Bird Booking for ARNS 2019 Annual Conference now Open

Ear Bird Booking for ARNS 2019 Annual Conference now Open

The 2019 ARNS Annual Conference will be held at Coldra Court, Newport.  Booking is now open.  We are looking forward to welcoming members to Coldra Court where we have an excellent programme planned.

Book by 14th February to benefit from the excellent Early Bird Rate.  

Book on line here


Taskforce for Lung Health launches in Parliament

Taskforce for Lung Health launches in Parliament

The Taskforce for Lung Heath is an exciting collaboration of the largest ever group of organisations and individuals who have come together to improve lung health. ARNS is proud to be one of the 29 member groups, which include health care professionals, the voluntary sector and professional associations.

One in five people in the UK have been diagnosed with a Lung Disease. Yet over the past ten years there has been no improvement in the amount of people dying from lung disease unlike other diseases such as cancer and heart disease

Nurses, including specialist nurses lead and co-ordinate treatment and care for patients with lung disease. We know approx. half of respiratory nurse specialists could retire by 2026.(1) (2)

Recommendation 6e of the Taskforce for Lung Health report launched today calls for NHSE and the government to focus on recruitment and retention of nurses, including reviewing the funding mechanisms for training and continuing professional development programmes’

At Report’s Parliamentary Launch on 4th November, Wendy Preston, Chair of ARNS said

“It is important that we share our patients’ stories and the experience we have from clinical practice. What we will then show is that there is a big variation in clinical practice, and a big variation in services that are available.  And when we put that evidence forward then we can start informing decision-makers”

Read more about the Taskforce for Lung Health here

(1) Yorke J, Prigmore S, Hodson M, et al. Evaluation of the current landscape ofrespiratory nurse specialists in the UK: planning for the future needs of patients.

(2)BMJ Open Respiratory Research 2017;4:e000210. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp‐2017‐000210


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