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Student Nurse subsidised delegate places available at ARNS conference

Student Nurse subsidised delegate places available at ARNS conference

Following on from the very successful invite to the ARNS 2018 Annual Conference, ARNS is again offering 2 student nurses the opportunity to attend its annual conference, to be held on 10th and 11th May  2019 at Coldra Court, Newport for just £50 for a full delegate place.

We welcomed 2 student nurses to conference in 2018, Evie Poole and Jo Hammond to conference.  Emma Vincent, ARNS Board member, mentored Jo and Evie throughout the conference.

Evie Poole, student nurse at Worcester University, shared her experience of attending conference in an article which was published in the Nursing Times, May 2018, Respiratory Zone    Evie said

“I gained an interest in nursing people with respiratory conditions during an amazing eight-week general practice nursing placement in November last year. As a second-year student nurse ready to embark on my fourth placement in an acute respiratory ward, I was thrilled to be pointed in the direction of the ARNS 2018 conference.

To say I was well looked after over the three days at ARNS would be an understatement. Emma Vincent was incredible in welcoming me and introducing me to so many inspirational people and keeping me in-the-know with anything I wasn’t sure on”.  Read the full article here 

How to apply

There are 2 full delegate places available to student nurses at £50.  These subsidised places include delegate attendance on 10th and 11th May, lunch and refreshments on both days, overnight accommodation with breakfast on Friday, 19th May, and a ticket to the conference dinner and awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, 10th May 2019

If you are a student nurse and would like to apply for one of the 2 available please contact Angela Hurlstone, ARNS Secretariat Manager, Tel: 07740117902 or by email to



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


Pulmonary Rehabilitation Podcast

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Podcast

The week of 18th and 24th June 2018 was Pulmonary Week in the UK. Pulmonary Rehab (PR) is an exercise and education programme for people with long-term lung conditions. PR has multiple benefits to patients from reducing sensation of breathlessness, improving quality of life and confidence in self-management. PR has also shown to reduce risk of exacerbation, reduce A&E attendance/hospital admission and length of stay. Claire Norfolk and Alex Christie, Respiratory Physiotherapists in Berkshire West discuss what PR is and the benefits in attending and what is on offer in Berkshire West with Russell Winwood, the COPD Athlete in Australia who came and spoke at their Pulmonary Rehab service 2017 prior to taking part in the London Marathon raising money for lung disease research.

To listen to the podcast go to

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