Our Team

Respiratory Disease Sub Committee


Therapy Sub Committee


Research and Education Sub Committee




The Chair of each Sub Committee subs on the ARNS Board

Katy Beckford


Katy qualified as a nurse in 1997 and worked in general medicine with the aim, always, of becoming a community nurse.  In 2007 she achieved a degree in Specialist Community Nursing and began working for the Community Respiratory Team in Oxford.

In 2011 she was asked by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation trust to set up the Community Respiratory Service that includes Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Oxygen Review Service. Since this time she has also obtained qualifications in COPD, Respiratory, Spirometry, asthma and various Management qualifications.

Since early 2016 Katy’s role has been as to integrate community respiratory and cardiac services culminating in the development of the Cardiac and Respiratory Specialist Service (CARSS).

Katy is the Vice Chair of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS), is a committee member of the National British Thoracic Society Pulmonary Rehabilitation Audit Committee and also the BTS PR Quality Improvement Advisory Group and is on the NICE COPD Update Committee.

In 2016 Katy was awarded the title of Queen’s nurse for her commitment to community nursing.

Katy Beckford

Alison Hughes

Vice Chair

Current role: Respiratory Nurse Specialist

Alison qualified as an RGN in 1992 and has had a variety of roles in this time but predominately has worked within primary care since 1997. Her passion for respiratory nursing started as a practice nurse which started after completing her asthma diploma. Since then respiratory has been the mainstay of her career and she now have the luxury of specialising in this field.

Alison has a unique job role which involves educating primary care staff, within her local CCG, including GPs, practice nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists regarding respiratory care. This enables her to have a strong relationship with secondary care consultants and is a link between the different’ worlds’ of secondary and primary care by helping either side to understand how the other works. She also works as the lead respiratory nurse within a long-term conditions hub looking at diagnosis and management of complex patients. Alison is a trainer for spirometry and regularly runs courses in her local area. She also runs a local respiratory interest group.

Alison has been a member of ARNS for several years and became an executive committee member in 2016 and vice chair in 2019.  She now represents ARNS on the National Respiratory Programme – early and accurate diagnosis working group and the spirometry scrutiny board

Alison Hughes

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