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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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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