Raising awareness of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in East Lancashire
Janine Hood, a respiratory lead nurse, held a “Raising awareness of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis’ session in East Lancashire NHS Trust.
It was a lunch to enable people to network and two presentations were given from respiratory consultants about diagnosis and treatment for IPF patients.
Janine said “We had a fantastic response with 54 delegates from a range of disciplines such as Respiratory Consultants & Respiratory Nurses, General Practitioners, Community Matrons, Physiotherapists, Lung Physiologists, Rheumatology Consultant, Radiology Consultant, General Medical ward staff, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacist, Palliative Care Consultant, and Trainee Advanced Practitioners.”
” The speakers were Dr Baksi from East Lancashire NH Trust and ILD Lead and Dr Chaudhuri from UHSM ILD specialist.”
She continued “My mission as a Trainee Advanced Practitioner is to create an awareness of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis locally, in order to improve patients’ access to support, information and referral to appropriate services in a timely manner.”
“At East Lancashire Trust we are working on pathways into and out of tertiary care, working more closely together for the benefit of patient care. This involved nomination of a Lead Consultant for ILD within East Lancashire NHS Trust, and setting up of joint clinics and a local MDT. We have achieved this in the last 12 months and we are in the process of piloting these changes so we can evaluate the effectiveness and make any changes.”