Respiratory Disease Sub Committee

Joanne King

Chair Disease Subcommittee COPD lead

Joanne qualified in 1991 and has been a senior nurse at Frimley Health (formerly Heatherwood & Wexham Park) NHS Trust for 23 years in a variety of acute roles. She took up the role as respiratory nurse specialist in 2008 before obtaining a Consultant Nurse post in 2016.

Joanne has restructured the respiratory services in Berkshire East to form The Adult Integrated Respiratory Service or AIR team providing respiratory services across primary and secondary care, integrating 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 including maintenance classes and singing for lung health. As clinical lead her current role is to provide support, guidance, management and clinical leadership whilst developing services in respiratory care in both acute and primary care sectors.

Joanne has obtained qualifications in Asthma, COPD and spirometry as well as being a non-medical prescriber. She has also received a BSc (Hons) in Nurse Practitioner Studies from Buckinghamshire University and an MSc in Clinical Health Care from Oxford Brookes University.

Joanne is the chair of the Respiratory Disease subcommittee at ARNS and the COPD lead. She is also a member of the National Asthma and COPD Audit programme Board and the COPD / Pulmonary Rehabilitation advisory group. She is a committee member of the Service Development Committee, PCRS UK and chairs the respiratory forum and specialist nursing group.
Joanne was awarded respiratory Nurse Leader at ARNS in 2018.

Joanne King

Beverley Bostock

Asthma Lead

Beverley qualified as a nurse at St George’s Hospital London.  Her qualifications include an MSc in Respiratory Care and an MA in Medical Ethics and Law and she is an independent nurse prescriber.

Beverley is a nurse practitioner in general practice in Gloucestershire.  She has extensive education experience as Education Lead at Education for Health in Warwickshire and  holds editorial writing and reviewing roles with several journals. These include Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing and Consultant Editor for Practice Nurse Journal. She is a visiting lecturer in behaviour change at Imperial College London for the MSc in Preventive Cardiology.

Beverley is a member of the Topic Expert Group which development the Asthma Quality Standards for NICE and sat on the committee for the National Review of Asthma Deaths.  She is a nurse member for the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society.

Beverley was made a Queen’s Nurse in 2015.

Beverley Bostock

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

Debbie Roots

ILD lead

Debbie first qualified as a nurse in 1984-first as an enrolled nurse and then converting to a registered nurse in 1998. She has a degree in specialist practice-respiratory nursing and is a non-medical prescriber. She also has completed a heart failure masters module and leadership training.

Debbie is currently a respiratory nurse consultant at Homerton University Hospital in Hackney, London. She manages leads and develops four services Respiratory, heart failure, TB and Allergy.

Her background is in respiratory nursing in both community and secondary care-up to ward manager in Medway Hospital until 2010 when she moved into the community to set up a respiratory service in Bexley. Since then she has lead respiratory services and improved care for respiratory patients.

She is a Queens nurse and also co-chair of the London clinical oxygen network. She is the ARNS lead for ILD and on the respiratory disease subcommittee and the conference committee for PCRS.

Debbie is passionate about respiratory care and aims to improve services and support better care.

Debbie Roots

Emma Rickards

Respiratory Nurse Acute Care Lead

Emma is a Respiratory Nurse Consultant who works for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Knowsley Community Respiratory Service and she is passionate about reducing health inequalities in respiratory care.

Emma qualified as a nurse with a Bsc (Hons) in Nursing studies then soon after completed her Msc in Professional Practice with a pathway of difficult asthma. As a keen researcher/ practitioner Emma is a PhD student studying End of Life Care for patients with COPD in ED and as part of her studies has undertaken her Mphil, advanced respiratory nurse practitioner, NMP. Internship at UCLAN for CLAHRC.

Emma started her career working at the Northwest Lung Centre working in acute respiratory care. Emma has a passion for research were and she was fortunate enough to gain a post at the Clinical Trial Service Unit in Oxford. In 2007, she moved back to the North West Lung Centre, but this time worked in respiratory research at the Medicines Evaluation Unit.

In 2008 she was joined the respiratory team at Whiston Hospital providing acute in reach care. The integration of services led Emma to work across both the community and hospital setting where she later became to Oxygen Lead for Knowsley and Liverpool Heart & Chest as well as the Early Supported Discharge clinical Matron.   During this time Emma has gained numerous qualifications in advanced respiratory care, COPD, Spirometry, Oxygen, diabetes, asthma, research and various management and leadership qualifications. She also has a variety of publications and abstracts surrounding different elements of respiratory care.

Emma is the Respiratory Nurse Acute Care Lead for ARNS and is on the British Thoracic Advisory panel.

In addition, she received Florence Nightingale research scholarship 2017/2018 and again 2018/2019.

Emma Rickards

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