Respiratory Disease Sub Committee

Natalie Harper

Chair and Asthma Lead

Natalie originally trained in Suffolk from 1988-1990 as an Enrolled Nurse and then subsequently converted to a Registered Nurse. She worked as a Practice Nurse for 19 years with a passion in Respiratory medicine before returning to secondary care as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist in 2009. Since then she has continued to maintain strong links with both primary and secondary care and has been involved in the setting up of some respiratory services across Dorset. As an independent non-medical prescriber she now runs nurse led respiratory clinics in 3 community hospitals and an acute hospital covering a range of respiratory conditions. She is always fully aware of the challenges and problems that patients, carers and staff face on a daily basis and strongly believes that working within a large multidisciplinary team benefits everyone involved.

Natalie joined Education for Health as a Regional Trainer in 2009 with a desire to improve patient care and enhance the skill levels of fellow health professionals’, after previous experience of being a student with Education for Health, completing the Asthma diploma in 1995 and subsequently completing my BSc Hons in Respiratory Care in 2012. She is currently enrolled into an MSc programme as she is passionate that education makes a significant difference.

Natalie was honoured to become the first secondary care nurse in the UK to be badged by the British Lung Foundation in 2011. In 2012 she was involved in the National Review of Asthma Deaths led by The Royal College of Physicians. Natalie maintains personal membership of the British Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society and The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists, where she joined the executive committee in September 2013.

Natalie Harper

Joanne King


Joanne qualified in 1991 in Chertsey and has been a senior nurse at Frimley Health (formerly Heatherwood & Wexham Park) NHS Trust for 21 years in a variety of acute roles. In the past 9 years she has been in post as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in respiratory, and more recently a Respiratory Nurse Consultant, managing the COPD supported discharge and admission avoidance services alongside the Home Oxygen Assessment and Review service as the clinical HOS lead. This service includes patients with non-respiratory disease.

Joanne has restructured the respiratory services in Berkshire East to form The Adult Integrated Respiratory Service or AIR team which launched in October 2016. This exciting progression in providing respiratory services across primary and secondary care, integrates community and hospital trusts in providing a seamless journey to the patient. The service offers expertise to patients with COPD, Asthma, ILD, and home oxygen needs, Bronchiectasis, specialist physiotherapy and provides pulmonary rehabilitation. As clinical lead for the AIR service her current role as a Nurse Consultant is to provide support, guidance, management and clinical leadership to the specialist nursing and physiotherapy teams, whilst developing services and expertise in respiratory care in both acute and primary care sectors.

Joanne has completed Asthma and COPD diplomas as well as being a non-medical prescriber. Between 2003 -2013 she received a BSc (Hons) in Nurse Practitioner Studies from Buckinghamshire University and an MSc in Clinical Health Care from Oxford Brookes University. Joanne also has a spirometry qualification.

Joanne is a member of the British Thoracic Society, Primary Care Respiratory Society, European Respiratory Society and the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists. She is also a committee member of the Service Development Committee, PCRS UK and chairs the respiratory forum and specialist nursing group.

Joanne King

Thomas Moreton

TB/Infection Lead

Tom currently works as a Matron for Infectious Diseases in the Midlands, working alongside specialist ID & Tropical inpatient and outpatient services. Prior to this he worked as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner and Service Manager of an Ambulatory Emergency Care service, designed to provide outpatient management of emergency respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, pleural disease and pulmonary embolism. Tom holds a Masters Degree in Nursing Studies and a PGCert in Healthcare Leadership. His specialist interest is Infectious Diseases, particularly relating to HIV and Tubercolosis.


Thomas Moreton

Sharon Stothard

Bronchiectasis Lead

I qualified as a nurse in 1990 and have worked in medicine in Sunderland since qualifying. In 1998 I became Junior Sister on an acute respiratory ward and 2 years later became Respiratory Nurse Specialist  and Chest Clinic manager.

I gained my Bsc in Nursing in 2001 and Msc in Advanced nursing practice in 2005.

I have developed many services over my 17 years as a respiratory specialist nurse including difficult asthma, sleep service and COPD nursing team. The Chest clinic, it’s activity and personnel have tripled in size. I am a member of the BTS, ARNS, ARTP and ERS and have been for many years. I teach both internally and externally and have recently been speaking at national conferences.

I won the Nursing Times Respiratory Award 2016 for my work with learning disabilities and asthma and received the Trust award for outstanding achievement 2016.

My main interests are asthma, bronchiectasis and TB. I have finally written and article and had it published in the Nursing Times.

Sharon Stothard

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