APF to attend the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (PCRS-UK) conference in September
Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis will be attending the PCRS UK conference in September, which is an inspirational programme designed by multi-disciplinary respiratory primary care experts.
The Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (PCRS-UK) is the UK-wide professional society supporting primary care to deliver high value patient centred respiratory care. Their ultimate vision is “optimal respiratory health for all”.
The PCRS-UK conference was one of first conferences that APF attended when the charity first began. Our trustee Wendy Dickinson attended and says “we wanted to target staff working in primary care to help early and accurate diagnosis of IPF”. Wendy was approached by a nurse who asked if we the charity provided any training on pulmonary fibrosis for nurses.
At that stage we didn’t but it was obvious from the discussion that there was a need, and it was from that initial meeting that we helped to develop our UK-wide nurse training programme in partnership with the ILD-INN. We deliver highly-specialised and informative lectures on how to detect and recognise early symptoms of IPF in patients presenting to their GPs for the first time with what can often appear to be a chest infection or persistent asthma. The training has been enthusiastically by groups of practice and community nurses in 7 locations around the country from Stockport to Bournemouth – with further sessions planned in more than 16 locations nationally.
If you are a health professional interested is attending the conference then please register here.